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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 ...

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Twined Mittens

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Twined Mittens
Twined Mittens
Twined Mittens

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Work in the round with double-pointed needles, Magic Loop, or two circulars
  • Knowledge of English style knitting is helpful, but not mandatory.

Pattern Description:

This Twined Knitting pattern includes two different mitten styles, including: two types of thumb gussets, two different motifs, and two tip shaping methods: The Braid Decrease and the Sectioned Decrease.

In Sweden, as long ago as the 17th century, a form of knitting was practiced called tvaandsstickning, or two end knitting. Using a strand from each end of a center pull ball of yarn, the created fabric has great warmth, strength, and durability, as well as elasticity which approaches that of spandex! Pattern motifs have evolved which are quite beautiful,
resembling floats of yarn across the surface. This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenacious knitter with ease, speed, and lovely garments.

A Twined Knitting Technique Primer: Casting On, Knitting, Purling, Increasing,The "O" Stitch, The Chain Path

Charts, photographs, and schematic are included.


6 sts/inch, 6 rounds/inch in twined St st.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Child (Small), Woman (Medium), Man (Large)


  • Yarn: 1 (2, 2) 100g skein (180 yards/skein) Aran yarn (MC), or any worsted weight yarn. Also, a few yards of some similar weight yarn in a contrasting color (CC) for the cast-on edge.
  • Needles: A set of five US 6 (4mm) dp needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers, tapestry needle