Mitbringsel by Ysolda Teague


December 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork in the round
US 9 - 5.5 mm
165 - 200 yards (151 - 183 m)
One size — mitts measure approx. 9" / 23cm in length and 9 1/2" / 24cm in circumference
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In German a mitbringsel is a small gift brought by a guest or someone returning from a journey. I love that. Avoid showing up empty handed and keep your recipients hands warm with these fingerless mitts — perfect for gardening, cycling or typing. In fact I’m wearing these in my chilly studio as I type this. They take just a small amount of yarn, ideal for using up leftovers. I used a couple of colours leftover from Pyukkleen for a coordinating but not matchy matchy set. The simple stranded colourwork pattern on Mitbringsel is closer to traditional Icelandic patterns than Fair Isle with shaping worked into the pattern and short repeats to avoid finger-catching floats. Glove fingers aren’t anyone’s idea of fun, but these use a neat I-cord trick that avoids working tiny tubes in the round and means you can knit four fingers at once.

Shown in Jamieson of Shetland’s Shetland Heather (100% Shetland wool, 101 yds / 92m, 1.76oz / 50g)

C1 — 107 Mogit
C2 — 331 Gingersnap
C3 — 1060 Cedar

Approx 55 yds / 50m of each colour

Size 9 US / 5.5mm dpns or long circular(s) for preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd

Darning needle; scrap yarn, stitch holder or spare dpns for holding sts; medium size crochet hook

20 sts and 20 rounds = 4” / 10cm in stranded colourwork in the round

One size — mitts measure approx. 9” / 23cm in length and 9 1/2” / 24cm in circumference

Mitbringsel can easily be made smaller or larger by changing the gauge.

Helpful links
Technique Thursday - Colour Dominance
Technique Thursday - Choosing colours