Freja, the Nordic goddess of love and fertility, is the inspiration
for these mittens. The design started with the pattern of small
hearts in the palm, and I knew I wanted to combine it with more
hearty shapes. The result is these mittens.
A ribbed cuff and the traditional Norwegian construction with
a thumb gusset give the mittens a comfortable fit. They will
look good in many color combinations and will shine like little
jewels on your hands during cold winter days.
Petersson photos: Fredrik
Ulinder, Emmy Petersson
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Hand circumference: 8 inches Length: 10 inches
Rauma Gammelserie [100% wool; 175 yd/160 m per 50 g skein]
color: 401 Off White, 1 skein
color: 401 Off White, hand dyed as described
in Pattern Notes below, 1 skein Note:
CC yarn in the sample shown is hand dyed.
Rauma gammelserie comes in just a few colors.
Rauma finullgarn is
an excellent substitution with a larger color
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US #1.5/2.5 mm needles
yarn for holding stitches
34 sts/38 rows = 4 inches
in stranded color pattern, after blocking
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
The handdyed yarn I used is somewhere between
color 456 and color 4886 of Rauma finull. The 456 colorway is a
bit more yellow and a warmer red/brown- pink than my yarn, and
the 4886 is cooler, more bluish pink. The 456 is the one that is
closest to my yarn.
For the dyeing, I started with Rauma Gammelserie in off white,
color 401. The yarn is dyed with Zenit
reactive dyes, used as an acid dye. I
used the number 42 red dye and the amount
of dye powder was 2% of the yarn weight.
M1R: Insert the tip of the left needle from
back to front under the bar that runs between the last stitch
on the right needle and the first stitch on the left needle;
knit this bar through the front loop.
M1L: Insert the tip
of the left needle from front to back
under the bar that runs between the
last stitch on the right needle and
the first stitch on the left needle;
knit this bar through the back loop.
The charts for this pattern are very large. Each fits on a letter-sized
Click below and print each resulting page and assemble.
With MC, CO 57 sts. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join
to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
Ribbing round: [K2, p1] around.
Work even until ribbing measures 2.5 inches, or desired cuff length.
Next round: [K14, m1r] four times, k1. 61 sts.
Body of mitten
Work one Left Mitten and one Right Mitten.
Join CC and start working from the appropriate
chart for the hand, increasing for the
thumb gusset as indicated. 13 sts for
thumb gusset at the end of Round 20.
On Round 21, slip the 13 thumb stitches onto waste yarn and
using the backwards loop method, cast
on 13 sts over gap in the color indicated.
Continue working from the chart until
all 70 rounds are complete. 8 sts rem.
Break yarn and thread through the remaining sts, using a tapestry
needle. Pull tight, and thread the yarn through the top of the
mitten to the inside.
Return the 13 held thumb sts onto a needle
and rejoin both MC and CC.
Working from the Thumb chart, knit across those sts in pattern.
Following the chart, pick up and knit one st at corner between
these stitches and the cast-on stitches of the hand; pick up
and knit 13 sts over cast-on stitches of the hand, and 1 more
stitch in the corner between these stitches and the held stitches.
Join for working in the round, and work in pattern following
Thumb chart until all 25 rounds are complete. 8 sts rem.
Break yarn and thread through the remaining sts, using a yarn
needle. Pull tight, and thread the yarn
through the top of the thumb to the inside.
Weave in ends and block lightly.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Emmy is an engineering student from Sweden,
who spends her free time, and most of her
lectures knitting and spinning. When she
is not knitting, you can probably find
her studying, or out on the roads training for a triathlon.