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.
Freja was originally published in Knitty, and can still be found there. It is also available as a free Ravelry download in English and Swedish.
The pattern is suitable for intermediate knitters and adventurous beginners. Specific required skills are listed below. Colorwork pattern is charted only. The pattern has been professionally tech edited to reduce the possibility for error, but if you have questions or believe that you have found an error, please contact me.
Knit and purl
Knitting small circumferences in the round
Increase and decrease
Picking up stitches along an edge (thumb)
Hand circumference: 8”/20 cm
Length: 10”/25 cm
Rauma Gammelserie 100% wool; 175 yd/160 m per 50 g skein or
Rauma Finullgarn 100% wool; 191 yd/175 m per 50 g skein; 1 skein each in main color and contrasting color
Approximately 150 yd/135 m in main color and 110 yd/100 m in contrasting color.
Needles & notions
US #1.5/2.5 mm double pointed needles, or the needles you need to knit to gauge.
Waste yarn for holding stitches
34 sts/38 rows = 4”/10 cm in stranded color pattern, after blocking.
To ensure accurate sizing and save time and frustration, check your gauge.