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Merike's Gloves

Folk Knitting in Estonia
Knitting
January 2003
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 2 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
352 yards (322 m)
To fit a woman's hand: about 8" (20.5 cm) around and 7.25" (19 cm) long, excluding cuff

Summary Cuff-up, double-start cast-on, traveling stitches, five double-pointed needles.



Additional Yarn Information This calls for "Koigu Merino," which is equivalent to Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) and Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), 2 skein #0000 natural, and small amount of contrasting waste yarn.



Chart Included Cuff/mitten pattern (without written row-by-row instructions).

Erratum (via Needle Arts Book Shop) Page 106, Left Glove section—the “Set up rnd” should read: K1, p1, k6, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k6, p1, k1 2 times. Note: Later editions appear to include this correction.

From Nancy Bush's Pattern Introduction These elegant gloves are named for Merike…who took me to Estonia for the first time, introduced me to her native country, and opened so many doors for me.…[W]hen I first saw this type of glove,…we shared our delight in it. The traveling-stitch patterning (made by moving one stitch over another) is known as vikkel in Estonian.

These gloves begin with a double-start cast-on. The thumbs have decorative gusset shapings, which are more common in gloves than mittens in Estonia, worked with yarnovers.