Belyse by Ysolda Teague


September 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork in the round.
US 3 - 3.25 mm
3.25 mm (D)
230 yards (210 m)
Finished knuckle circumference: 8" / 20cm
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Knitworthy 3
Our third Knitworthy collection was inspired by the different words for light and illuminate in other languages. The aim was to capture that glow that you feel when a recipient of your hand knit gift is truly appreciative of your time and craft. We might be biased but with this collection, we think it would be hard not to be!

These popular colourwork fingerless gloves combine traditional colourwork with a modern fingers-to-cuff construction. They’re a fun small project, and a great gift for anyone who works with their hands outside.

In the classic Norwegian Selbu mittens that inspired Belyse the thumb is typically worked entirely on the palm side, with a symmetrical gusset. This looks beautiful but can feel restrictive. For greater freedom of movement the thumbs on Belyse are positioned closer to the side of the hand, and shaped with a single column of decreases on the palm. The shaping follows the life line on the palm, and allows the colourwork pattern to flow from the back of the hand over the thumb. If you’re new to stranded colourwork, or working larger motifs, the pattern includes helpful tips for handling the longer floats.

The fingers are worked flat, for a less fiddly project, using an innovative technique that was first developed by Meg Swansen, building on techniques developed by her mother, Elizabeth Zimmermann. It’s just like knitting an I-cord, and is fully illustrated with step-by-step photos.

Fingering weight wool yarn.
175 yds / 160m MC, 55yds / 50m CC

Shown in John Arbon Textiles Yarndelic (100% Falklands Corriedale, 364 yds / 333m, 100g)
Black Gold of the Sun and Woman in Blue
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