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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Blitzen

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Working in the round
  • Reading charts
  • simple two colour motifs
  • Simple decreases

Pattern Description:

Blitzen is a traditional Nordic style cap but updated with a modern slouchy shape. It is knitted in Blue Faced Leicester yarns but could be knitted in any Aran or Worsted yarn that knits to gauge. The brim is knitted in a half-twisted rib to give definition, sturdiness and warmth. The two-colour motifs of reindeers, snowflakes and Nordic flowers are knitted fairly tightly using a Fair Isle or stranded technique. The name Blitzen means Lightning and is the name of one of Santa Claus' eight reindeers. The legend of Santa's sleigh pulled by eight reindeer has its roots in Norse mythology where Odin's chariot was pulled across the sky by his eight-legged war horse Sleipnir.


19 sts x 24 rows over 10cm in stocking stitch stranded motifs.


  • Yarns Texere Yarns Airedale Aran 100% Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 82m per 50g 2 x 50g balls 1217 Indigo (Navy) 1 x 50g ball 1213 Cream
  • Needles 4.5mm dpns or circular needles (or size to achieve gauge)

You Will Also Need:

  • Notions 1 tapestry needle for weaving in ends Optional: Bobbins for different coloured yarns, stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

250 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Any BFL or pure wool aran/worsted


Cream and a contrasting dark shader

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