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from Woolbox Design
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ranka

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on
  • Knit and purl
  • Knitting small circumferences in the round
  • Stranded colorwork
  • Increase and decrease
  • Picking up stitches along an edge (thumb)

Pattern Description:

Ranka is pair of traditional colorwork mittens worked with a thumb gusset for a great fit. The twisting plants ofthe forest were the inspiration for the motif of the back ofthe hand. This inspiration has also given these mittens their name - Ranka is the Swedish word for bine. The swirly motif of Ranka will look equally good in high contrasting colors as in two shades ofthe same color.

The pattern is suitable for intermediate knitters and adventurous beginners. Specific required skills are listed above. Colorwork pattern is charted only. The pattern has been professionally tech edited to reduce the possibility for error, but if you have questions or believe that you have found an error, please contact me.


34 sts/38 rows = 4"/10 cm in stranded color pattern, after blocking.

To ensure accurate sizing and save time and frustration, check your gauge.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Woman's medium
  • Hand circumference: 8"/20 cm
  • Length: 10"/25 cm


  • Approximately 150 yd/135 m in main color and 110 yd/100 m in contrasting color of fingering weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • US #1.5/2.5 mm double pointed needles, or the needles you need to knit to gauge.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn for holding stitches

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Rauma Gammelserie [100% wool; 175 yd/160 m per 50 g skein] or Rauma Finullgarn [100% wool; 191 yd/175 m per 50 g skein]