Rose-pattern mittens and matching beret by Hélène Magnússon
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Rose-pattern mittens and matching beret

Lace ?
26 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
2.0 mm
S (M) L for the mittens, one size for the beret

Pattern is from the book Icelandic knitting using rose-pattern. The book preserves old Icelandic knitting tradition that had almost been lost. First half is a study of traditionnal rose-pattern insert knitting in Iceland. Inserts or rose-pattern inserts are knitted insoles that were worn in soft shoes made of fishskin or sheepskin. Second half are contemporary designs all based of old shoe-inserts. The author has tried to remain true to the original color schemes of the inserts she chose, and the traditionnal methods used in making them (Icelandic intarsia, i.e. intarsia knitting with garter stitch).

Pattern is in Icelandic, English, Russian (soon) and French.
Price is for pattern 21 and 20 (Delicate mittens)

The mittens are inspired by old Icelandic shoe-inserts decorated with roses, and triangles in the tips.The mittens have the exact shape of the old inserts and are knitted alike, in two directions. A thumb was added. The strips around the beret remind of stripped inserts that were used everyday where as inserts with roses were Sunday-best.

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