Ranka by Emmy Petersson


September 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stranded color pattern
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
260 yards (238 m)
Womans medium
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Ranka is pair of traditional colorwork mittens worked with a thumb gusset for a great fit. The twisting plants of the forest were the inspiration for the motif of the back of the hand. This inspiration has also given these mittens their name - Ranka is the Swedish word for bine. The swirly motif of Ranka will look equally good in high contrasting colors as in two shades of the same color.

The pattern is suitable for intermediate knitters and adventurous beginners. Specific required skills are listed below. Colorwork pattern is charted only. The pattern has been professionally tech edited to reduce the possibility for error, but if you have questions or believe that you have found an error, please contact me.

Required skills
Cast on
Knit and purl
Knitting small circumferences in the round
Stranded colorwork
Increase and decrease
Picking up stitches along an edge (thumb)

Woman’s medium

Finished measurements
Hand circumference: 8”/20 cm
Length: 10”/25 cm

Recommended yarn
Rauma Gammelserie 100% wool; 175 yd/160 m per 50 g skein or
Rauma Finullgarn 100% wool; 191 yd/175 m per 50 g skein; 1 skein each in main color and contrasting color

Approximately 150 yd/135 m in main color and 110 yd/100 m in contrasting color of fingering weight yarn.

Needles & notions
US #1.5/2.5 mm double pointed needles, or the needles you need to knit to gauge.
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn for holding stitches

34 sts/38 rows = 4”/10 cm in stranded color pattern, after blocking.
To ensure accurate sizing and save time and frustration, check your gauge.