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Karelia mittens Novita Venla

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These mittens were inspired by traditional Finnish patterns. Knitted from Novita Venla.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2018 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 13
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N031813
Pattern details
Size
One size

Yarn demand
Novita Venla
(499) Charcoal, less than 50 g,
(010) Off White, less than 50 g,
some (182) Petrol and
(543) Tomato

Needles and other supplies
Double-pointed needles:
Novita 2½ mm (UK 12-13 / US 1-2) or
size needed to obtain gauge

Designer
Minna Metsänen

Details

Left mitten

With the charcoal yarn held double, cast on 56 sts. Distribute the sts onto four needles, 14 sts each. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV at the outer edge of the mitten. Work ribbing in the round for 12 rounds (3 cm).

Break one of the yarns and continue with one strand. Knit 1 round. Knit 1 round more and at the same time evenly increase 2 sts on each needle = 64 sts, 16 sts per needle.

Begin the colourwork in the round from row 1 of chart I and work the 64 st pattern. Work rows 1-9.

Work row 10 and begin the thumb gusset. Work the sts on needles I and II. Knit the next st, the first one on needle III, through the front and back loops and again through the front loop. The st is marked in red on chart I. Work to the end of round.

Continue working the colourwork pattern. Work the thumb gusset following chart II. Work rows 1-25 on the gusset.

Work the next round until you reach the thumb gusset. Leave the 19 gusset sts on hold on e.g. a piece of yarn. Increase 1 st and work to the end of round.

After the thumb gusset work the colourwork pattern until you have worked row 64. Use the charcoal yarn for the rest of the work.

Knit 1 round. Knit 1 round more and at the same time evenly decrease 2 sts on each needle = 56 sts, 14 sts per needle.

Begin the top decreases: at the beginning of needles I and III, k1, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped st over). At the end of needles II and IV, k2tog, k1. Work these decreases every round until 12 sts remain in total. Break the yarn, pass it through the remaining sts and securely weave in the ends.

Work the right mitten in the same way but work the thumb gusset following chart III.

Thumb

Pick up and knit the 19 sts on hold as well as 4 additional sts from the base of the thumb to prevent holes. Distribute the sts onto three needles.

Work stockinette st in the round. Note: The rest of the bird motif is stitched onto the thumb afterwards using duplicate sts. Knit 1 round using the off-white yarn. Decrease 2 sts at the picked-up sts on the next round. 7 sts on each needle now. Knit 9 rounds using the off-white yarn. Join the petrol yarn and knit 1 round. Work 2 rounds of colourwork following rows 36-37 of the gusset chart. Use the charcoal yarn for the rest of the thumb.

Work stockinette st until the mitten covers half of your thumbnail. Then work the top decreases: k2tog at the end of each needle until 9 sts remain in total. Knit 1 st, move the st back onto the left needle and pass the other sts over from left to right.

Finishing

Steam the mittens and weave in all ends.

Using duplicate sts, stitch the bird motif onto the thumbs with the petrol yarn.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
One size (women/youth)

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Ribbing in the round:
*k2, p2*

Left mitten

With the charcoal yarn held double, cast on 56 sts. Distribute the sts onto four needles, 14 sts each. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV at the outer edge of the mitten. Work ribbing in the round for 12 rounds (3 cm).

Break one of the yarns and continue with one strand. Knit 1 round. Knit 1 round more and at the same time evenly increase 2 sts on each needle = 64 sts, 16 sts per needle.

Begin the colourwork in the round from row 1 of chart I and work the 64 st pattern. Work rows 1-9.

Work row 10 and begin the thumb gusset. Work the sts on needles I and II. Knit the next st, the first one on needle III, through the front and back loops and again through the front loop. The st is marked in red on chart I. Work to the end of round.

Continue working the colourwork pattern. Work the thumb gusset following chart II. Work rows 1-25 on the gusset.

Work the next round until you reach the thumb gusset. Leave the 19 gusset sts on hold on e.g. a piece of yarn. Increase 1 st and work to the end of round.

After the thumb gusset work the colourwork pattern until you have worked row 64. Use the charcoal yarn for the rest of the work.

Knit 1 round. Knit 1 round more and at the same time evenly decrease 2 sts on each needle = 56 sts, 14 sts per needle.

Begin the top decreases: at the beginning of needles I and III, k1, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped st over). At the end of needles II and IV, k2tog, k1. Work these decreases every round until 12 sts remain in total. Break the yarn, pass it through the remaining sts and securely weave in the ends.

Work the right mitten in the same way but work the thumb gusset following chart III.

Thumb

Pick up and knit the 19 sts on hold as well as 4 additional sts from the base of the thumb to prevent holes. Distribute the sts onto three needles.

Work stockinette st in the round. Note: The rest of the bird motif is stitched onto the thumb afterwards using duplicate sts. Knit 1 round using the off-white yarn. Decrease 2 sts at the picked-up sts on the next round. 7 sts on each needle now. Knit 9 rounds using the off-white yarn. Join the petrol yarn and knit 1 round. Work 2 rounds of colourwork following rows 36-37 of the gusset chart. Use the charcoal yarn for the rest of the thumb.

Work stockinette st until the mitten covers half of your thumbnail. Then work the top decreases: k2tog at the end of each needle until 9 sts remain in total. Knit 1 st, move the st back onto the left needle and pass the other sts over from left to right.

Finishing

Steam the mittens and weave in all ends.

Using duplicate sts, stitch the bird motif onto the thumbs with the petrol yarn.


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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