On a chilly day in Washington D.C among the glitz and glamour of designer coats, bags and face masks, it was Bernie Sanders’ knitted mittens that stole the show! Of course we spotted those colourwork beauties from a mile off and while the Bernie memes were trending, we began to scour the internet for a pattern!
Feel the Bern!
If you’d love to make your own pair of Bernie fair isle style mittens, we’ve discovered these patterns that are an excellent recreation of the original design.
This pattern repeats the same colorwork motif around the hand, while Sanders’ mittens featured contrasting thumb and black fabric across the palm. But we adore them! Get the free pattern here
This cosy recreation has a contrasting thumb in grey. Bernie’s are also lined with fleece to make them extra warm. Get the free pattern here
Fit for a senator
Lauren McElroy’s gorgeous pattern was inspired by Bernie’s. The pattern starts in the round and then in knitted flat for the colourwork section. They are then seamed, and the thumb is picked up. Buy the pattern here
Fair Isle Bernies
This matching hat and mittens set is super cosy and could easily be reworked in “Bernie colours” Download the pattern here
If you love a traditional mitt but with a touch of detail, this cable set is your perfect pattern! Knitted in one shade, these cosy hand warmers are for the more understated Bernie look. Download the pattern here
Prefer a fingerless option? We’ve got you! This fair isle design is worked on two needles in alpaca yarn and are just the thing for working from home, or when the weather starts to warm up. Download the pattern here
The tree and the star are common motifs found in Fair Isle and Nordic knitting traditions. This classic design is a celebration of these delightfully simple symbols, and we think they’re gorgeous! Buy the pattern here
Midnattsol means Midnight Sun in Norsk. This gorgeous cosy design is inspired by the rugged beauty of winter on an island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and we could just see Bernie wearing them! Buy the pattern here
Bernie’s mittens were made from reclaimed wool by school teacher Jen Ellis. Her daughter, went to a child care centre owned by a relative of Sanders, this was the link that allowed her to get her handmade mittens to the Vermont senator.
For the crocheters among you, you’ll be pleased to see an amigurumi version of our favourite Vermont senator is now also available. Isn’t it adorable?! Designed by TobeyTimeCrochet, you can buy the pattern here
This crochet version of Bernie’s knitted gloves are just the ticket for anyone who’s handier with a hook instead of needles. The pattern uses “knit stitch” or “waistcoat stitch” and could be whipped up in an evening! Get the free pattern here
The Bernie Beanie
Well you might as well top things off with a matching crocheted hat! We think Bernie would have been much warmer at the inauguration if he was wearing this hat. Buy the pattern here
Meanwhile, you can even follow Bernie’s mittens on Twitter...what a time to be alive!