Selkie Hat and Mitts by Bristol Ivy
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Selkie Hat and Mitts

March 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
200 - 400 yards (183 - 366 m)
Mitts: 6 ¾” (17 cm) circumference, 7 ½” (19 cm) length; to fit hands between 7-9 ½” (18-24 cm) circumference Hat: 18” (46 cm) circumference, 8 ¾” (22 cm) length; to fit heads between 18-23” (46-58.5 cm) circumference
This pattern is available in print for $12.00.

Pattern is currently only available in Taproot Magazine.

The legend of the selkie is one of my absolute favorites--it’s the story of a people who can shed their seal skins to become human. If a person were to find a selkie’s seal skin while they were in human form, the selkie would be bound to them until they could retrieve their skin and disappear back underneath the waves.

For this project, I used delicate twisting cables to mimic the movement of the water along the shoreline, the ripple of seaweed just below the surface, and the gentle patterning of the pelt of the seal as it transitions to human form.

Finished Measurements
Mitts: 6 ¾” 17 cm circumference, 7 ½” 19 cm length; to fit hands between 7-9 ½” 18-24 cm circumference
Hat: 18” 46 cm circumference, 8 ¾” 22 cm length; to fit heads between 18-23” 46-58.5 cm circumference

Journey Worsted by Skeinny Dipping (100% superwash merino; 200 yds 183 m/114 g)
2 skeins Overcast; 1 skein each for either hat or mitts