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Dalarna Snowflake Mitts


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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 (wound of either one or two colors of yarn), the created fabric has great warmth, strength, and durability, as well as elasticity which approaches that of spandex! This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenacious knitter with ease, moderate speed, and lovely garments. Motifs of the Dalarna jackets (19th to 20th century) with twined knitted sleeves serve as my inspiration for the "snowflakes" in these mitts. Charts and schematic are included. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Work in the round on double-pointed needles GAUGE 11 sts and 12 rnds/ 2" in twined St st. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Sizes/Finished Hand Circumference: Small/6.5" (Medium/8", Large/8.75") SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Black Water Abbey Worsted Weight Yarn COLORWAY Green and White

Supplies Needed

  • Yarn: 1 100g skein (220 yards) in each of two colors of Aran yarn or heavy worsted weight yarn. Don't use single ply yarns-they will pull apart!
  • Needles: A set of five US 5 (3.75 mm) dp needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holder, tapestry needle

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Knitting Traditions
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 signup: