Emma's Ice Flower Mittens by Runningyarn

Emma's Ice Flower Mittens

November 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in Colorwork in the round
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
191 - 219 yards (175 - 200 m)
Women's M and L, Men's M and L
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The Ice Flower Mittens are rather tightly knitted, using Swedish 3-ply Wool Yarn from Ullcentrum Öland, which makes them very durable and warm but soft.

This pattern is written in English and contains:
Step for step written instructions
Colorwork charts for the left and the right mitten.
There are different possibilities to pattern the palm of the hand as well.

Finished hand circumference
Women’s M approx. 20 cm
Women’s L approx. 21.5 cm
Men’s M approx 22 cm
Men’s L approx 23 cm

You will need approx.
MC 50-60 g / 100-120 m (110-130 yds)
CC 40-50 g / 80-100 m (90-110 yds)

The sample mittens (women’s L) were knitted with 3.25 mm needles using 85 g / 170 m (186 yds) 3-ply Wool Yarn form Ullcentrum Öland.

MC - Falu red resp. White - 48 g / 96 m (105 yds)
CC - White resp. Medium Grey - 37 g / 74 m (81 yds)

For a third version I used Istex Lettlopi and Kampes 3-trådigt Ullgarn together with 3-ply Wool Yarn form Ullcentrum Öland.

Gauge and Needles (colorwork in the round)
Women’s M
27 sts x 27 rnds = 10 cm / 4” on 3.0 mm (US 2.5) needles
Women’s L
26 sts x 26 rnds = 10 cm / 4” on 3.25 mm (US 3) needles
Men’s M
25 sts x 25 rnds = 10 cm / 4” on 3.5 mm (US 4) needles
Men’s L
24 sts x 24 rnds = 10 cm / 4” on 3.75 mm (US 5) needles

You may need to use a different needle size to get the desired gauge.

I knit my mittens using double pointed needles.
Of course you can use the Magic Loop method as well.

Feel free to use the tags #iceflowermittens and #runningyarn on Instagram. I love to see your work and finished mittens!

About the name Emma’s Ice Flower Mittens
It was on my grandmother Emma’s birthday when I got the idea for this pattern. As a girl, I loved to spend the school holidays at her place, where the days were filled with knitting, baking, gardening and a lot of tales. I could not get enough of the stories about her childhood on a small farm in the countryside, about hard winters with ice flowers on the windows and all the adventures from her long way to school. Emma was born to the day six years earlier than Astrid Lindgren, and what she told was astonishingly similar to what I later read in the famous author’s books.
Life was not easy at that time. Emma did not have the opportunity to make her dream to become a needlework teacher come true. She had to stay on the little farm and weave silk ribbons instead. But she always knitted, while monitoring the machines. Her passion for knitting and crafting was inspirational, and I love the thought to pass on some of this inspiration through my patterns.