Hilja's Mittens by Nancy Bush
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Hilja's Mittens

Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 20 rows = 2 inches
in color pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
850 - 900 yards (777 - 823 m)
To fit a woman's hand: about 8" (20.5 cm) around and 8" (20.5 cm) long, excluding cuff

Summary Cuff-up, stranded colorwork, lace cuff, five double-pointed needles.

Additional Yarn Information 1 skein each #3001 natural and #3099 black, and partial skeins #3024 red and #3002 light gray. Small amount contrasting waste yarn.

Charts Included Hand and thumb colorwork patterns.

From Nancy Bush’s Pattern Introduction Hilja…is one of the most skilled knitters I’ve had the fortune to meet in Estonia. She has taught textiles at college and is truly a master. She shared her knowledge with me and opened up a new world of stitches and pattern in the process. I’ve chosen these mittens as hers because the cuff is lacy and Hilja’s true passion is knitted lace.

…The scalloped cuff is seen on many Estonian mittens and gloves. It is known as Vausaba or peacock’s tail pattern, and is especially nice when done in color stripes. These mittens begin with a Continental cast-on and finish with a one-wick decrease at the top of the hand and in the thumb.