Midwinter Rose Mittens by Marit Trudvang

Midwinter Rose Mittens

November 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
348 - 383 yards (318 - 350 m)
Women's medium, but can be adjusted.
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These mittens are a variation on the traditional Norwegian Selbu mittens. They are knit in the round and have a well fitting thumb gusset, a pointed top and an eyelet cuff with colour stripes that follow the chevron lace pattern.
The main pattern is a folkloristic stylized rose, the palm pattern is the traditional network of crossed lines, and the sprouting rosebud on the thumb echoes the main pattern.
The cuff and mitten body are separated by a narrow band of intertwined leaves.

The pattern consists of written instructions and charts for the lower hand separator band, the mitten body and the thumb.
The charts should be read in the opposite direction for the second mitten.

If you knit according to gauge, the size will be women’s medium.
Measurements: hand circumference: 22 cm/8.6”; length without eyelet cuff: 19 cm/7.5”; eyelet lace cuff: 9 cm/3.5”.
The size of these mittens can be adjusted by choosing thicker or thinner needles and yarn.

Fingering weight wool yarn (for example Rauma Finull) in two contrasting colours: about 50 g of each colour.

Needles and notions:
Set of 5 double pointed needles, 2.5 mm/US 1½ or size needed to obtain gauge,
a bit of scrap yarn or a stitch holder,
and a tapestry needle.

32 sts and 32 rounds in stranded stockinette stitch = 10 cm/4”

Skills used:

  • Cast on with long tail method

  • Knitting in the round on double pointed needles

  • Simple eyelet lace knitting

  • Stranded colour knitting

  • Increases and decreases

  • Backward loop method for casting on new stitches over the thumbhole (video explanation here or here)

  • Picking up stitches around the thumb hole