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Novita 7 Veljestä: Viena colourwork mittens

The earthy colours and traditional patterns lend a unique beauty to the matching Viena mittens and cowl, knitted from Novita 7 Veljestä. The cuff of the mittens features a two-coloured Latvian braid, and the afterthought thumbs are knitted with a single colour.

Size(s)

One size

Yarn demand

Novita 7 Veljestä (010) Off White 100 g, (044) Graphite 50 g and some (691) Peat

Needles and other supplies

Double-pointed needles Novita 3.5 mm (US 4) and 4 mm (UK 8 / US 6) or sizes needed

Designer

Ronja Hakalehto

Stitch patterns Stockinette stitch in the round: knit all rows. Colourwork in the round: work stockinette st following the chart and instructions.

Gauge 24 sts in colourwork with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in

Left mitten

Using the smaller needles and Peat, cast on 40 sts and divide them onto four needles, 10 sts each. The beginning of round is between needles I and IV.

Using Peat and Off White, knit a Latvian braid in the round as follows:

Round 1: *k1 with Peat, k1 with Off White*, repeat *–* to end of round.

Round 2: Bring both yarns to front and hold there for the rest of the braid. *P1 with Peat, bring Off White under Peat (twisting the yarns), p1 with Off White, bring Peat under Off White (twisting the yarns)*, repeat *–* to end of round. The yarns will become untwisted on the next round.

Round 3: Hold both yarns in front as before. *P1 with Peat, bring Off White over Peat, p1 with Off White, bring Peat over Off White*, repeat *–* to end of round.

Knit 2 rounds using Peat, then begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart I. Repeat the 8 st pattern 5 times. Work rows 2–9 of the chart. Knit 2 rounds using Peat, then make another Latvian braid as established.

Switch to the larger needles. Knit 1 round using Peat and increase 1 st on each needle = 44 sts.

Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II, then work rows 2–15.

Continue on row 16 of the chart: work needle I (11 sts) and the first st of needle II, work 8 sts using a different-coloured yarn for the thumbhole (see red line on the chart). Move the 8 sts back to the left-hand needle and work to end of round following the chart.

Work rows 17–49 of the chart and work the top decreases following the chart (rows 41–49). There is 1 Off White st between the decreases, and you will decrease using Off White.

Break yarn and pull it through the sts. Securely weave in.

Thumb

Remove the different-coloured yarn. Using the larger needles, pick up the sts from the top and bottom edge of the thumbhole as well as additional sts from both ends for 19 sts in total. Divide the sts onto three needles and work stockinette st in the round using Off White.

When you have worked for 5 cm or the mitten covers half your thumbnail, work the top decreases: k2tog at the end of each needle until 4 sts remain. Then k1 and pass the other sts over from left to right. Securely weave in.

Right mitten

Mirror left mitten, working the thumb hole on needle III.

Finishing

Steam the mittens lightly.

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