A Norwegian sweater knitted in the 19th century, seen in Susanne Pagoldh's book, Nordic Knitting, was the inspiration for this hat and mitten set. I fell in love with the motifs in the sweater, but imagined them in blue and yellow, green and red. I searched and searched for yarns in the right colors, and knew I had found them when I saw Redfish Dyeworks' extensive palette.
Although the gauge is very high, you will be rewarded with an exquisite pair of mittens and hat. Both are begun with a provisional cast-on. (I have included a URL in the pattern to a YouTube video I made to demonstrate this technique.) A yellow facing is knitted first that ends in a picot edge. The brim and cuff patterns then commence and when the knitting reaches the length of the facing, the two are knitted together-no seaming! There are four photos at the end of the pattern showing this process.
The thumb is constructed with the Afterthought Method, and is fully explained in the pattern. Even the making of the jaunty tassel is covered! Your knitting prowess will be evident as you wear this set in the cool of autumn or winter!
Gauge in two-color Stockinette stitch: 54 sts and 55 rows or rounds = 4"/10 cm)
Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter sign up.