Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits

Selbu Mittens

January 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
219 - 273 yards (200 - 250 m)
Women's small & medium
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This is an ideal beginner’s pattern for Norwegian mittens, or colourwork mittens in general. It has row-by-row instructions not typically offered in most colourwork mitten patterns. Once you have made these, you should be able to knit colourwork mittens from a chart. I’m happy to offer pattern support, so please don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Hello fellow knitter! I designed these mittens for my classes on Norwegian Selbu mittens. For that purpose I needed a pattern that would be easy to follow and quick to knit up, whilst also incorporating the techniques that defines a Selbu mitten. The result was these mittens, which only have a short rib so that you can get straight into the colourwork! Although, traditionally, women’s mittens only had rib or lace cuffs. Many thanks to Anne Bårdsgård for putting together the masterpiece ‘Selbuvotter’, which greatly informed and influenced the construction of this pattern.

Following my mitten classes, I have changed and improved the pattern instructions so that even knitters who have never done colourwork mittens before should be able to make a pair on their own. Thus, this is the perfect beginner’s Selbu Mitten pattern.

I hope you will enjoy this pattern, and if you need any help or have any suggestions, this thread is the best place to get help! Happy knitting!

Some practical info:


  • 1 x 50g DK yarn for the main colour
  • 1 x 50g DK yarn for the contrast colour

Needle size will vary depending on your gauge and the size you desire. But generally:

  • 1 x DPNs or magic loop circular gauge size needle
  • 1 x DPNs or magic loop circular 1/2 below gauge size needle


  • 24sts per 10cm/4” for a snug 9cm width fit
  • 22sts per 10cm/4” for a comfortable 10cm width fit

So, choose whichever needle size helps you achieve a 22-24 sts per 10cm/4” gauge. As a fairly tight knitter I would opt for 4.5mm/US7 for a comfortable 22sts gauge.