Secret Project Reveal: Kleenex Mittens!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this photo of me working on something secret:

Those were red mittens as a prototype for Kleenex Mittens! Kleenex® Canada wanted a special mitten that had a pocket in them for a packet of their tissues, so that you could use the tissues without taking your mittens off.  It was late in the season, so it was a very quick turnaround, but I really enjoyed the project. I hope they do a commercial in the fall, or reboot this one- watch it here! 

The mittens are a very quick knit, as they are made with a super bulky yarn and designed to be very beginner-friendly. They are knit in the round until the slit for the tissues, then knit flat, then knit in the round again to finish off the top of the mitten. Inside is a pocket where you can slide in a packet of tissues, so there is no exposed skin anywhere- even if there are no tissues in the mitten.

The slit is on the side of the mitten near the thumb, and the pattern has directions for to make a tissue pocket mitten for either the left or right, depending on your preference. I’m kicking myself for not taking photos or a little video when I had the mittens, although I have small hands and knit large sizes as they knew that men would be wearing the mittens in the commercial. I had Guy try the mittens on several times during construction to make sure they would fit!

Pattern is available for free from Ravelry in both English and French: Find it here!

Many thanks to Agnes of readytoknit.com for the French translation, and to Heidi of Hands Occupied who is currently working on turning the knitting pattern into a crochet pattern.

Stay warm, everyone! Hopefully winter will be over soon. And I’ve already been jealously eyeing the spring flowers popping up on the European instagrammers I follow…. sigh.

25 comments

  1. Valerie   •  

    Have to tell you, this is a little weird but I really love it. I grew up in Minnesota where we were always having to blow out noses due to the extreme cold. And now I live in NYC where we are having a little taste of winter following a big snow/sleet storm and I found myself sniffling again. What a fun product for Kleenex to promote.

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad that you love it Valerie! It was such a cool experience to work with a brand on this, very different from the norm for me!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  2. Caroline   •  

    How fantastic!! We need four pairs at our house, stat….

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Caroline,

      So glad that you like it! I hope that they reboot it again in the fall- hopefully inter is on its way out!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Susan   •  

    This is so brilliant. All the sleeves of things I wear in winter have snot on them, constantly. I need to make some of these for my whole fam, I think.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Susan,

      haha, I initially wasn’t sure about the concept, but it is so brilliant for runny noses, and coffee spills, and little ones… it’s like once I made them, it seemed infinitely useful!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  4. Lisa   •  

    Oh how clever is that! Such a great idea and happy you got to share it with us!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      It’s great to be able to share them- they were a really interesting project, and so different to be working with a brand like that! I learned so much from the experience.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Kelly J. R.   •  

    What a cute idea. I’ve stuck Kleenex in my coat pocket before but then it accidentally falls out after I take my hands out of my pockets. These mittens would be a fix for that! My husband works for Kimberly-Clark Corp. (and the company was born in my hometown) so I am a big fan of Kleenex. 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kelly,

      How fun that you have that extra connection with Kleenex! I agree that kleenex in pockets is not a great option, and I hate having it in my purse, it makes me feel old! The mittens make it so much easier for outdoor activities and runny noses.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  6. Snow   •  

    What a great idea! Here in the far frozen north, noses are constantly freezing and thawing!
    And that little pocket can be used for other goodies too: a key, quick cash or ID/ATM card…might have to make 2 pocket mittens!
    Teachers with playground duty will love these.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Snow,

      even on cold days like today, when the wind was so harsh even though it wasn’t below freezing! The little pocket slit might be a bit big for an atm card, but making the inner pocket and not doing the slit would be perfect for keeping cards!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  7. Kat   •  

    Those are so clever!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Kat! It was a fun project to work with with them.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  8. Danette Bartelmay   •  

    These are SO AWESOME!!!
    And Spring is doing a back and forth dance with Winter here too.
    It snowed and was in the 20’s a few days ago and now up in the mid 60’s today.
    I WANT those European flowers!!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Danette,

      Thanks so much! It was an interesting project, and I was dying to talk about it at the time, but finally glad to put it out there. Although it was so silly of me not to take my own photos of any of the pairs I made for them. Oh well!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Stefanie,

      It was such an interesting experience, and so unlike anything I’ve done before – very different designing a pattern for a brand like that!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  9. miss agnes   •  

    Thank you for this opportunity to use my translation skills. It looks really easy to knit too, I’m pretty sure to knit one pair for next winter. A really clever idea !

    • Julie   •     Author

      You were the first person I thought of when the question of a french translation came up! You did a wonderful job. 😀

  10. Andi   •  

    How did I miss this post?!
    What a smart company to see the value in your beautiful designs. What a brilliant idea. Those mitts are perfect.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Andi! It was such an interesting experience, and I hope they reboot it again in the fall!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  11. Alina   •  

    What a great idea and wonderful design, Julie!!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Alina! It was a really fun project, and I learned so much from working with a brand and advertising company like this. I hope to do it again sometime, although there isn’t usually a huge need for advertising knitting – I don’t think, anyway!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  12. Monica   •  

    What a great project!!! What a great collaboration!!! Love these!

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