The first issue - There is no stated size in the pattern; not even a hint in the pattern name (you know, mens, misses, childs). Now, I assume they are intended for a child based on the pattern design and visual size. Okay, so these companies will add 'fillers' here and there in their magazines, but would it be too much to expect a size range?
As for the mittens - the design is a braid that is stitched into place. Ya right ! Gives these to almost any child and they are going to pull at those braided threads until they exist no more.
And, moving right along to my largest grievance - the earmuffs. To make these, we are going to cut 48 strands that are two yards each and braid them together, folding over and securing the ends. Then, we will roll up the ends to form the circular muff part and stitch together. Done. DONE??? How are these supposed to stay in place on the head ??? Usable as earmuffs - definitely not !!!
Modern Knitting -- what were you thinking?
Thanks for dropping by.
P.S. I've listed this pattern in my shop as a FREE DOWNLOAD, in case you'd like to give them a try anyway.