Nagu Selbu by Elina Urmas

Nagu Selbu

May 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in colourwork
US 2 - 2.75 mm
208 - 273 yards (190 - 250 m)
One size, woman
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This pattern is available for free.

Pattern is available in Finnish and in English.

In February 2015 I released the Nagu Trad pattern which I had written down from a mitten knitted probably by my mother-in-law’s paternal grandmother Ida Söderholm (1890-1971). At the same time with that mitten my mother-in-law also gave me a second colourwork mitten, probably knitted by Ida as well.

The motifs of this mitten are traditional Norwegian patterns from the Selbu region. My guess is that maybe Ida found the mitten pattern in a magazine or a book. Nevertheless, I wanted to write the pattern down, because I feel it is really important to cherish textile culture, document old patterns, and also make new versions of old patterns.

I call the pattern Nagu Selbu, because my mother-in-law’s father’s family is from the island of Nagu in Western Finland. Most people in Nagu are Swedish speaking, the Finnish name of the island is Nauvo.

Sizing: Only one size
Measurements of mitten: Hand circumference above thumb: 19 cm, Length of the hand (without a cuff): 20,5 cm
Please notice: the size is quite narrow and long. If you want a shorter mitten, you can start the decreases 5 rows earlier in the chart 1 and 2 (and in thumb 3 rows earlier).
Yarn: Hjertegarn Alpaca or Drops Alpaca or other similar yarn (167 m/50 g),
Yarn required: Main colour (MC) 50 g, Contrast colour (CC) 50 g
Needles: Double-pointed needles 2,75 mm, one stitch marker, Gauge in coloured knitting: 10 cm = 32 sts, 35 rows