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Women's lace mittens Novita Natura and 7 Veljestä

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The lace pattern on these mittens is finished using the bird's eye stitch technique. Knitted from Novita Natura and Novita 7 Veljestä.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2018 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 36
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N031836
Pattern details
Size
One size

Yarn demand
Novita Natura
(010) Off White 100 g and

some Novita 7 Veljestä
(053) Berry Porridge and
(047) Lichen for the embroidering

Needles and other supplies
Double-pointed needles:
Novita 4 mm (UK 8 / US 6) or
size needed to obtain gauge

Designer
Lea Petäjä

Details

Left mitten

Cast on 40 sts and work garter st flat for 6 cm.

Divide the sts onto four needles and continue in the round. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV. Work 2 rounds in stockinette st. On the first round increase 1 st on each needle = 44 sts.

Begin the lace pattern and increases for the thumb gusset. Knit all sts until 4 sts remain on needle II. Make 1 (= using the left needle, knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), k2, make 1, k2. On needles III and IV, begin the lace pattern from 1 of the chart and work the 22 st pattern repeat. Continue working needles I and II in stockinette st and repeat the gusset increases on every 3rd round 5 more times (2 sts increased each time). Work rows 2-44 of the lace pattern on needles III and IV.

After the increases, work 1 round and then work the next round until you reach the gusset. Leave the 14 gusset sts on hold for the thumb.

Cast on 2 sts at the gusset and continue following the stitch patterns until you have worked approx. 16 cm after the ribbing or until the mitten covers your index finger.

Top decreases: k1, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, and pass the slipped st over) at the beginning of needles I and III, and k2tog, k1 at the end of needles II and IV. Work the decreases every round until 8 sts remain. Break the yarn, pull it through the sts and securely weave in.

Thumb

Pick up and knit the sts on hold as well as 2 sts from the base of the thumb.

Divide these 16 sts onto three needles and work stockinette st in the round. When you have worked for 5 cm or until the mitten covers half your thumbnail, work the top decreases: k2tog at the end of each needle until 4 sts remain. Then work 1 st and pass the other sts over from left to right. Securely weave in.

Right mitten

Work as the mirror image of the left mitten. Work the lace pattern on needles I and II and the thumb gusset 2 sts from the start of needle III.

Finishing

Sew the cuff seams.

Using the bird's eye stitch technique, follow the drawing to embroider the details onto the lace pattern with the berry porridge and lichen yarns.

Steam the mittens lightly.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Women

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Garter stitch

Left mitten

Cast on 40 sts and work garter st flat for 6 cm.

Divide the sts onto four needles and continue in the round. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV. Work 2 rounds in stockinette st. On the first round increase 1 st on each needle = 44 sts.

Begin the lace pattern and increases for the thumb gusset. Knit all sts until 4 sts remain on needle II. Make 1 (= using the left needle, knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), k2, make 1, k2. On needles III and IV, begin the lace pattern from 1 of the chart and work the 22 st pattern repeat. Continue working needles I and II in stockinette st and repeat the gusset increases on every 3rd round 5 more times (2 sts increased each time). Work rows 2-44 of the lace pattern on needles III and IV.

After the increases, work 1 round and then work the next round until you reach the gusset. Leave the 14 gusset sts on hold for the thumb.

Cast on 2 sts at the gusset and continue following the stitch patterns until you have worked approx. 16 cm after the ribbing or until the mitten covers your index finger.

Top decreases: k1, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, and pass the slipped st over) at the beginning of needles I and III, and k2tog, k1 at the end of needles II and IV. Work the decreases every round until 8 sts remain. Break the yarn, pull it through the sts and securely weave in.

Thumb

Pick up and knit the sts on hold as well as 2 sts from the base of the thumb.

Divide these 16 sts onto three needles and work stockinette st in the round. When you have worked for 5 cm or until the mitten covers half your thumbnail, work the top decreases: k2tog at the end of each needle until 4 sts remain. Then work 1 st and pass the other sts over from left to right. Securely weave in.

Right mitten

Work as the mirror image of the left mitten. Work the lace pattern on needles I and II and the thumb gusset 2 sts from the start of needle III.

Finishing

Sew the cuff seams.

Using the bird's eye stitch technique, follow the drawing to embroider the details onto the lace pattern with the berry porridge and lichen yarns.

Steam the mittens lightly.


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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