"Selbuvott or not" alias Selbu Sea Horse Mittens by Tori Seierstad

"Selbuvott or not" alias Selbu Sea Horse Mittens

February 2010
Light Fingering ?
34 stitches = 4 inches
in stranded pattern
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
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This is a “Selbu version” of my Hippocampus mittens, originally published in the Winter issue 2008 of The Inside Loop (now closed). Some people (from Selbu, which is a place in the middle of Norway, not far from Trondheim) have criticized Terri Shea’s book about Selbu mittens, saying that not all of her mittens are “real” Selbu mittens. Then the Norwegian publisher of the book announced a competition; they wanted knitters to send a photo of their best Selbu mittens. So I was inspired to make a mitten that would pretend to be a Selbu mitten, but that the “Selbu purists” certainly would not accept. Just for fun :-) The text says “Selbu mitten or not” and “This is a real mitten”.

This pattern does not offer detailed instructions on how to make Selbu mittens. You find the charts that I used (with small modifications (hopefully improvements)). I also offer a mitten palm without the Norwegian text, and one blank palm where you can write your own text if you wish. My letters are modified “Madrid letters” from this site: www.stitchpoint.com (choose tools, alphabet generator, Madrid).