Innsbruck Mittens + Leg Warmers
Additional gauge information:
34 stitches and 30 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in twisted-stitch rib, unstretched, on larger needles, worked in rounds.
22 stitches and 33 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in twisted-stitch rib, stretched, on larger needle
These mittens take their name from the capital of the western region of Austria, known as tyrol, the other half of the historical tyrolean region being tirol in northern Italy. They feature twisted-stitch cables and embroidery in the style popularly referred to as tyrolean knitting. The embroidered flowers on these mittens and leg warmers call to mind the wildflowers in bloom along the windswept Alps, which also inspired the intricately embroidered dirndl dresses that make up the historic women’s costumes of the region. The embroidery, added in the spaces between the twisted stitches, is worked in a fingering-weight version of the yarn used to knit the pieces.