Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Randi's Icelandic Mitten pattern is done. I'm still trying to figure out how to get a PDF file linked in my sidebar. In the meantime, I'm posting the text of the pattern below.

Randi's Icelandic Mitten

This toddler/child mitten was adapted from a set purchased in Isafjordur, Iceland. The original appears to be made from a heavy worsted weight or bulky yarn. The reproduction sample was knit with Bellezza Collection Dolcetto Wool/Cotton blend Yarn (Sensations for Jo-Ann).

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch/6 rows per inch.

Supplies: 130 yards/120 meters bulky weight yarn, size 9 (5.5 mm) needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), size 9 (5.5 mm) double point needles, yarn needle, smooth waste yarn.


P = purl

K = knit

SSK = slip, slip, knit 2 stitches together

K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

Sl 1 = slip one stitch

PSSO = Pass slip stitch over


The cuff is knit flat, and then the upper mitten is joined into a circle and knitted in the round. The cuff is later seamed, using the tail from the cast on edge.


Cast on 25 stitches with the long tail cast-on method.

Purl one row. Start Fisherman’s Rib pattern stitch.

Fisherman’s Rib stitch (repeat of 2 stitches plus 1)

Row 1: *P1, k next stitch through stitch in row below; repeat from * ending with p1.

Row 2: p2, *k in next stitch through stitch in row below, p1; repeat from *, ending with p1.

Knit 10 rows of Fisherman’s Rib, ending after row 1.


Re-distribute stitches on 4 double point needles (6, 6, 6, 7) and join into a circle and place marker and start knitting in the round.

Knit 7 rounds in stockinette.

Instructions for right mitten thumb opening

Knit 18 stitches, knit next 5 stitches onto waste yarn, transfer 5 stitches back onto left needle and then knit with regular yarn and finish round.

Instructions for left mitten thumb opening

Knit 1, then knit next 5 stitches onto waste yarn, transfer 5 stitches back onto the left needle, and then knit with regular yarn, completing the rest of the round as usual.

For both mittens

Continue knitting stockinette for 14 rounds.

Start decrease rounds as follows:

Decrease round 1: K3, SSK, K2, K2tog, K6, SSK, K2, K2tog, K4.

Decrease round 2: K2, SSK, K2, K2tog, K4, SSK, K2, K2tog, K3.

Decrease round 3: K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2.

Decrease round 4: SSK, K2, K2tog, SSK, K2, K2tog, K1.

Decrease round 5: SSK, K2tog, SSK, K2tog, K1.

Decrease round 6: Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, SSK, K2tog.

Decrease round 7: K2tog, SSK.

Bind off by passing K2tog stitch over SSK stitch.

Break yarn, leaving 12” yarn tail and thread a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining loop and pull tight. Bring yarn to the inside of the mitten and weave tail into the mitten tip to fasten off the end securely.


Using two dpns, pick up the live stitches for the thumb (9 stitches) while taking out the waste yarn. Attach yarn, place marker, and knit around, picking up one stitch in one vertical area between the rows of live stitches and two in the other vertical area and re-distributing the stitches on three needles (12 stitches).

Knit 8 rounds even.

Decrease round 1: K1, K2tog, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1, SSK (8 stitches remain).

Knit one round even.

Decrease round 2: SSK, K2tog, SSK, K2tog (4 stitches remain).

Decrease round 3: SSK, K2tog.

Bind off by passing K2tog stitch over SSK stitch.

Break yarn, leaving long tail and thread a yarn needle. Pull yarn through remaining loop, then to the inside and weave into the tip of the thumb, fastening tail securely.


Seam the cuff. Weave in remaining ends (base of thumb) and trim.

Braid a 12 inch braid of yarn and weave in and out of the top edge of the cuff, beginning and ending on the back of the wrist.


Size can be increased by lengthening the pattern by adding rows before and after the thumb and to the thumb itself. Adding width can also be accomplished by adding stitches (by two) to the Fisherman’s Rib at the beginning of the pattern and adjusting the stitches between decreases at the tip accordingly.

(Disclaimer – No guarantees are offered as to its accuracy or the absence of errors. Please contact me with any corrections.)

This pattern is copyrighted by Lorraine. Contact me at ldmmnusaatyahoodotcom with questions.


Guinifer said...

Those mitts are sweet as they can be!

Since I haven't seen Puck's coach since Sunday night, I don't know if his son's team won or not. He coaches the Squirts and helps with the Pee Wee's so he was feeling a little overwhelmed with the whole holiday weekend tournament thing.

The kids are finally getting some outside ice time and that is what Puck lives for.

Sheepish Annie said...

Oh, they are just darling!!!! Nice job!

Debbie said...
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Debbie said...

Adorable. What a cool project to undertake to help friends.

Rani said...

Remember me from dance? I am so excited to try this pattern! The one's you knit are beautiful. Thanks again for taking the time to figure out this pattern! Sincerely, Randi

Matt & Elisa said...

do you have a skein of Jo-Ann Sensations Bellezza Collection Dolcetto Yarn in pale blue? It's discontinued and I'm trying to finish a project.