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Colourwork mittens Novita 7 Veljestä and 7 Veljestä Polaris

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The interesting colourwork mosaic is achieved with a combination of Novita 7 Veljestä Polaris and Novita 7 Veljestä yarns.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 9
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N04179
Pattern details
Size
Women(Men)

Yarn demand
Novita 7 Veljestä
main colour
(010) Off-white, less than 100(100) g
contrasting colour
Novita 7 Veljestä Polaris
Women:
(803) Forenoon,
Men:
(849) Glow, less than 50(less than 50) g

Needles and other supplies
Double-pointed needles:
Novita 3½ mm (UK 9 or 10 / US 4) or size needed.

If needed, switch to larger needles for the colourwork.

Designer
Lea Petäjä

Details

Left mitten

Using the off-white yarn, cast on 44(48) sts and distribute them onto four double-pointed needles. The beginning of the round is between needles IV and I. Work ribbing in the round for 10(11) cm.

Work 2 rounds of stockinette st. If you're knitting the smaller size, decrease 1 st on needles I and II on the first round. 42(48) sts on the needles.

Begin the colourwork from row 1 of the chart. Work the 6 st pattern repeat 7(8) times.

When you have worked 6(6,5) cm of colourwork and you have last worked either row 3 or row 7, mark the place for the thumbhole on the next round: after the first 3 sts on needle II, knit the next 7 sts with a different-coloured yarn. Move the different-coloured sts back onto the left needle and continue the colourwork. Work until the piece measures approx. 15(16) cm after the ribbing or until the mitten covers your forefinger.

Continuing the colourwork, begin the top decreases. Use the off-white yarn to work the decreases as well as the 2 sts between decreases (if needed, twist the contrasting colour around the off-white on the WS to avoid long floats). At the beginning of needles I and III: k1 and work the skp decrease (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped st over). At the end of needles II and IV: k2tog, k1. Work the decreases on every round until 8 sts remain in total. Break the yarn, pass it through the remaining sts and securely weave in.

Right mitten

Work as the mirror image of the left mitten, with the thumbhole on needle III.

Thumb

Remove the different-coloured yarn. Pick up the sts on the top and bottom edge of the thumbhole as well as additional sts from the sides for a total of 16(17) sts. Distribute the sts onto three needles and work stockinette st in the round using the off-white yarn.

When you have worked for 5(5,5) cm or when the thumb covers half your thumbnail, work the top decrease: k2tog at the end of each needle until 4 sts remain in total. Then knit 1 and pass the other sts over from left to right. Securely weave in.

Finishing

Steam the mittens.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Noin 9 x 22 cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Ribbing in the round:
*k1, p1*

Left mitten

Using the off-white yarn, cast on 44(48) sts and distribute them onto four double-pointed needles. The beginning of the round is between needles IV and I. Work ribbing in the round for 10(11) cm.

Work 2 rounds of stockinette st. If you're knitting the smaller size, decrease 1 st on needles I and II on the first round. 42(48) sts on the needles.

Begin the colourwork from row 1 of the chart. Work the 6 st pattern repeat 7(8) times.

When you have worked 6(6,5) cm of colourwork and you have last worked either row 3 or row 7, mark the place for the thumbhole on the next round: after the first 3 sts on needle II, knit the next 7 sts with a different-coloured yarn. Move the different-coloured sts back onto the left needle and continue the colourwork. Work until the piece measures approx. 15(16) cm after the ribbing or until the mitten covers your forefinger.

Continuing the colourwork, begin the top decreases. Use the off-white yarn to work the decreases as well as the 2 sts between decreases (if needed, twist the contrasting colour around the off-white on the WS to avoid long floats). At the beginning of needles I and III: k1 and work the skp decrease (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped st over). At the end of needles II and IV: k2tog, k1. Work the decreases on every round until 8 sts remain in total. Break the yarn, pass it through the remaining sts and securely weave in.

Right mitten

Work as the mirror image of the left mitten, with the thumbhole on needle III.

Thumb

Remove the different-coloured yarn. Pick up the sts on the top and bottom edge of the thumbhole as well as additional sts from the sides for a total of 16(17) sts. Distribute the sts onto three needles and work stockinette st in the round using the off-white yarn.

When you have worked for 5(5,5) cm or when the thumb covers half your thumbnail, work the top decrease: k2tog at the end of each needle until 4 sts remain in total. Then knit 1 and pass the other sts over from left to right. Securely weave in.

Finishing

Steam the mittens.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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