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Kristi's Mittens

Folk Knitting in Estonia
Knitting
January 2003
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 22 rows = 2 inches in colorwork pattern
US 0 - 2.0 mm
720 yards (658 m)
To fit a woman's hand, about 8.25" (22 cm) around and 9.25" (23.5 cm) long, excluding cuff

Summary Cuff-up, five double-pointed needles, stranded colorwork, (Estonian) "fishtail" pattern.


Additional Yarn Information
1 skein (100g each) #491 old red and #582 purple, and small amount contrast waste yarn.



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



From Nancy Bush's Pattern Introduction These colorful mittens were inspired by some I saw pictured in Mulgi Kinkindad ja Kirsukad. They're named for Kristi... a delightful young woman who helped translate the finer points of Estonian knitting during four exciting days at Mardilaat, the St. Martin's Day Festival and Market, in Tallinn.

The hand is decorated with the
rattakiri or wheel pattern and the cuff is made in the diagonal "fishtail" pattern that, when colors are changed every three or four rounds, gives the illusion of entrelac. The Continental cast-on is used for this mitten and a "two-wick" decrease in alternating colors shapes the top of the hand and thumb. The colors reflect those described in the Konsin book, Slimkoeesemed.