Hilja by Aleks Byrd


March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch worked in the round after blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
168 - 175 yards (154 - 160 m)
One size only
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These wrist warmers are named after my grandmother who was a masterful knitter. A discovery of little booklet with motifs she had created and copied from traditional patterns back in 1930s Estonia inspired these embroidered looking wrist warmers.

Pattern Notes
These wrist warmers are knit from the bottom up.

The cuff features 3x3 rib and corrugated ribbing.

The body of the wrist warmer features a motifs created using the Estonian inlay technique called “Roosimine”. Contrast colours (CC1 and CC2) are held double for the inlay floats. Video tutorial links included for Roosimine technique.

The thumbhole is created using a technique for making buttonholes by binding off stitches and then casting back on the same number of stitches to create a hole.

Skill level: advanced beginner; comfortable with knitting with two colours and in the round.

The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering(90% masham wool / merino, 10% mohair: 100g - 300m / 328 yds, 10g - 30m / 32 yds) Shown in colours:
MC: 1 skein (100g) of Scafell Pike
CC1: 1 mini skein (10g) of Cowberry
CC2: 1 mini skein (10g) of Buttermere

OR Desired 4ply fingering weight yarn in the following amounts:

MC: 118m / 129 yds
CC1: 24m / 27 yds
CC2: 12m / 14 yds

A. Length: 24 cm / 9.5”
B. Wrist circumference: 20 cm / 8”
C. Length cuff to thumb hole: 18 cm / 7”

Skills Used:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Ribbing
  • Corrugated (2 color) ribbing Roosimine (video tutorials included)
  • Purlwise cable cast on (video tutorial link included)