Julekveld by Skeindeer Knits
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November 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
31 stitches = 4 inches
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
295 - 328 yards (270 - 300 m)
9-15cm width: pre-teen, teen; women's small, medium, large; men's small, medium, large, xl
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A limited number of kits with Shetland yarn and stitch markers by Yarnistry are available at Wild & Woolly.

This is a mystery mitten pattern! On the 19th, 22nd, 26th, 30th of November and 3rd of December there will be a new clue released. So to begin with you will only have a ‘general information’ pdf, and for each clue release day another part of the mitten pattern will be added, making the pattern complete by December 3rd. The KAL will run on until the end of the year, and it is up to you whether to knit the mittens concurrently or not.

Jul is the Scandinavian Christmas time, and kveld translates to evening. These mittens convey what that means to me. They are not overly festive in symbolism (so they can still be worn the rest of winter, and if you’re a bit of a Grinch), but they do carry some subtle Scandinavian jule-decor.

Choosing colours
I recommend 3 different colours, as there is a different main colour for the cuff, but you can get away with using just 2. Just make sure colour 1 is in stark contrast to colour 2 and 3. I made a pair with low- and one with high-contrast colours, and the latter definitely looked better.

I hope you will enjoy this pattern, and if you need any help or have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me on Ravelry! The group ‘Skeindeer Knits’ is the best place for support. Happy knitting!

Some practical info

  • Yarn: 3 colours, max 120 metres each (except only 40 metres needed for the cuff MC)
  • Needles: 1 x DPNs or magic loop circular gauge size needle

Gauge & sizes

  • Gauge ranges from 34 to 24 sts = 10cm/4”, depending on size. The wonderful thing about woollen spun yarn is that it can be used with vastly different gauges.
  • Sizes ranges from 9cm width (pre-teen) to 15cm width (men’s xl), depending on gauge
  • In other words, gauge is important to achieve the desired size.
  • If you are completely lost regarding needles, gauge and size, I can tell you that the average knitter would likely get an average women’s size using 2.5mm/US1 1/2 needles. This is a bit of a gamble though, as everyone’s tension differs.

The suggested yarns are categorised as different weights (sport, fingering, 4ply). This is often because these yarns are from countries that don’t use these categories. However, if you hold strands from each yarn together side by side, you’ll notice they look very much the same.