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Novita Icelandic Wool: Lumikide (Snow Crystal) mittens

The Lumikide adult mittens feature a traditional three-coloured colourwork pattern and a simple afterthought thumb. The cuffs are adorned by a Latvian braid. Knitted from Novita Icelandic Wool.

Size(s)

nainen(mies)

Yarn demand

Novita Icelandic Wool (010) Off White (164) Blueberry 50( some (638) Webcap

Needles and other supplies

Double-pointed needles Novita 4 mm (UK 8 / US 6) and 4.5 mm (UK 7 / US 7) or sizes needed

Designer

Sisko Sälpäkivi

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

Right mitten

Using the larger needles and Blueberry, cast on 46(50) sts and distribute them onto four needles: 11, 12, 12 and 11 sts (12, 13, 13 and 12 sts). The beginning of round is between needles I and IV, at the outer edge of the mitten.

Using Blueberry and Webcap, knit a Latvian braid in the round as follows:

Round 1: *k1 with Blueberry, k1 with Webcap*, repeat *–* to end of round.

Round 2: Bring yarns to front and hold there for the rest of the braid. *P1 with Blueberry, bring Webcap under Blueberry (twisting the yarns), p1 with Webcap, bring Blueberry under Webcap (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 Blueberry, bring Webcap over Blueberry, p1 with Webcap, bring Blueberry over Webcap*, repeat *–*.

Switch to the smaller needles and begin the colourwork stripe on row 1 of chart I(II). Work the 46(50) st pattern. Work rows 2–29(31) of the chart.

Row 30(32): work needles I and II, work the first 2 sts of needle III, work 9(10) sts (marked in red) using a different-coloured yarn for the thumbhole. Move the 9(10) sts back to the left-hand needle and work to end following the chart.

With the 46(50) sts, work the colourwork pattern. Work rows 31–56(33–58) of chart I(II).

Begin top decreases following the chart on row 57(59). Work rows 58–66(60–69) of the chart.

There will be long floats at the decreases. Twist the yarns around each other on the WS (at different points on back-to-back rows) to avoid floats longer than 4 sts.

10 sts on the needles after the decreases.

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

Left mitten: mirror right mitten. Work the palm on needles I and II and the star pattern on needles III and IV. Make the thumbhole on needle II.

Thumb

Remove the different-coloured yarn. Using the larger needles, pick up sts from the top and bottom edge of the thumbhole as well as additional sts from both ends for 22(24) sts in total. Divide the sts onto three needles and work stockinette st in the round using Off White. On the 1st round, decrease 1 st at the ends = 20(22) sts.

When you have worked for 5(5.5) cm or when the mitten covers half your thumbnail, work the top decreases: k2tog at the end of each needle until 8 sts remain. Then k1 and pass the other sts over from left to right. Securely weave in.

Finishing

Steam the mittens lightly.

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