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Norwegian Rose - Selbu Mittens

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Norwegian Rose - Selbu Mittens
Norwegian Rose - Selbu Mittens

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting stranded
  • norwegian knitting

Pattern Description:

Norwegian rose mittens in the selbu tradition.
This is an old pattern that I have redesigned.
The rose is known in Norway as Varhornsrosa, or the Ramshorn rose.
Its clear origins unknown, but knitting stars like this have been found on old textiles and pattern libraries from Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany dating back to the middle ages.

In the middle ages, when electricity was still unknown, the stars were loved as symbols of life and energy.
Stars were often knitted into pillows and nightgowns, as protecting symbols against the darkness of the night and the unknown.
For the same reason, stars were also knitted into mittens and clothing used in wintertime - as winter was considered the night of the year.

The pattern includes graphic charts in full crisp detail of right hand, left hand, thumb and lace pattern for cuffs.

Sizing depends a lot how tight or loose you knit.
I always suggest making a test sample first.

English Edition
Norwegian Edition.


27 st = 4 inches

Suggested yarn:

300 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Drops Alpakka by Garnstudio


Black and white