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Kalev's Mittens

Knitting
October 1999
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 22 rows = 2 inches in colorwork pattern
US 0 - 2.0 mm
700 yards (640 m)
To fit a man's hand, about 9" (23 cm) around and 9" (23 cm) long, excluding cuff.

Summary Cuff-up, five double-pointed needles, stranded colorwork, yarnover lateral braid.

Additional Yarn Information 1 skein #3001 natural and #3020 lamb’s brown, plus small amount of contrast waste yarn.

Charts Included Mitten and thumb patterns. (No row-by-row written instructions.)

From Nancy Bush's Pattern Introduction These mittens are named for Kalev... [who] is one of the Estonians I have the opportunity to meet with on a regular basis. He has helped me translate difficult technical texts and has learned more about knitting than I'm sure he ever wanted.

The pattern used here is the very traditional </em>oaōiekiri<em> or bean blossom pattern from Rapla. The cuff begins with a Continental cast-on and is followed by a k2, p2 corrugated ribbing and a yarnover lateral braid. The top of the mitten ends with a one-wick decrease, as does the thumb, which is worked in a single broken-stripe pattern.</em>

Did you know? Rapla is a city is central Estonia.