Dambrod by Kathleen Sperling


August 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stranded knitting, after blocking
US 2 - 2.75 mm
231 - 240 yards (211 - 219 m)
One size: woman's medium, finished hand circumference 7.5" (pattern instructions also contain suggestions for sizing down to a woman's small)
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Sanquhar knitting originates from the town of the same name on the River Nith, in Scotland. I have always loved the look of it. The distinctive small squares (“dambrod”) containing the intricate patterns look complicated, yet are so easily achieved, just with basic two-colour stranded knitting!

When my eldest daughter told me that one of her best friends was hoping I could knit her something black and white for her birthday, I jumped at the chance to design some Sanquhar mittens for her. I paired two less-commonly seen motifs for a look which is somewhat of a departure from tradition, but still unmistakably Sanquhar.

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Skills Needed

  • knitting, purling
  • increases, decreases
  • stranded knitting
  • chart reading
  • working small circumferences in the round (i.e. double-pointed needles, magic loop, or two-circular methods)

Finished Measurements

  • hand circumference: 7.5”
  • total height, including cuff: 10.75”
  • thumb length: 2.5”
  • thumb circumference: 2.5”
  • cuff circumference: 6.5”
  • hand length (i.e. length minus cuff): 7.75”
  • cuff length: 3”

Yarn Requirements

  • main colour: approximately 135 yards
  • contrast colour: approximately 105 yards

Other Materials Needed

  • three stitch markers: one distinctive from the others to mark for beginning of rounds

  • spare length of yarn, about 6” long