Aalto mittens by Sari Nordlund

Aalto mittens

March 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in over cable pattern knitted in the round, blocked
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
197 - 241 yards (180 - 220 m)
Hand circumference: 18 (19, 20.5) cm / 8 (8.5, 9) inches
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Aalto means a wave in Finnish, and the cable patterns on these mittens were inspired by the frozen wave formations on the sea shore at the beginning of winter. The mittens are worked in sport weight yarn and I think the details show best if worked with yarns that have a good stitch definition and in solid, semisolid or slightly tonal colorways.

The mittens are started with a provisional cast on, that is later undone to create a double folded cuffs that keep your wrists warm. The palm-side, the thumb and the thumb gussets are worked in purl stitch to make the cables and the twisted rib to really pop. The length of the mittens is easily adjustable to fit your own hands, and there are three size options to choose from.

1 (2, 3)
Women’s small, Women’s medium, Women’s large
Hand circumference: 18 (19, 20.5) cm / 8 (8.5, 9) inches
Length adjustable

1 skein of Camilla Vad Lambswool 9/3 (100% wool, 300 m / 328 yards per 100g), shown in colorway Messing, or 180 (200, 220) m / 200 (220, 240) yards of sport weight yarn.

16 sts and 19 rounds = 5 cm (2”) over cable pattern measured approximately over round 12, knitted in the round, blocked
10 sts and 18 rounds = 5 cm (2”) over reverse stockinette st, in the round, blocked

Always use the needle size that gets you the right gauge!
3.0 mm / US 2 ½ DPNs or a circular needle with a cable long enough for Magic loop
a spare set of DPNS or a circular needle with the same needle size or smaller for joining the cuffs double

3 stitch markers
waste yarn
sewing needle