Mosi is a fresh take on traditional Icelandic stranded mittens. Knitted with Grýla in the colors of the moss that covers lava fields in Iceland, they are just as warm and hardwearing than they are lovely! They are also a rather quick knit and will make a perfect gift! A pattern by Hélène Magnússon.

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Mosi Mittens Pattern

3 €


Mosi Mittens KIT (wool without pattern)

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The pattern story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

There are many different types of traditional mittens in Iceland that were knitted with very fine and soft handspun Icelandic yarns. The Mosi Mittens, with their lovely colors, are a fresh take on traditional stranded mittens. The little motifs on a green background ensure that the fabric is warm and remind of the thick and spongy moss (mosi in Icelandic) that covers Old Icelandic lava fields. The mittens are worked in the round from the bottom up with an afterthought thumb and the tip is shaped with centred double decreases.

The pattern has written instructions and colour chart and includes pictorial step by step instructions for special techniques.

Grýla is a rare Icelandic 2-ply lace yarn with an exquisite halo, inspired by the Old handspun yarns. Made from pure Icelandic sheep wool, specially selected for its quality, it is plied which makes it particularly sturdy and perfect for knitting hardwearing accessories such as mittens. Washing softens the wool considerably and ads a lovely bloom to the delightful colors inspired by Icelandic nature. 

The designer

Hélène Magnússon is a leading knit designer in Iceland, the author of many books about traditional Icelandic knitting and the editor of The Icelandic Knitter. She likes to put a new spin on Icelandic traditions. She began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm and a mountain guide. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in collaboration with tour operator Icelandic Mountain Guides / Iceland Rovers. 


Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Size: one size. You can achieve more sizes by changing needle size (2,25 to 3,25 mm / US 1 to 3 are suitable sizes) and adjust length by adding or removing rnds above and under the rose motif (rnds 53-65).

Finished measurements:



Gauge: 4”x 4” / 10x10 cm = 30 sts and 34 rows in stranded pattern on 3 mm/US 2 ½ needle.

Yarn: Grýla Tvíband from Hélène Magnússon, 100% new wool, 100% Icelandic wool, lace/light fingering, 2-ply, 25 g / skein = approx. 112 m/ 123 yds

MC: moss green, 1 skein (64 m / 71 yds used)

CC1: black, 1 skein (45 m / 49 yds used)

CC2: anis green, 1 skein (61 m / 67 yds used)

Total yardage: 170 m /183 yds

Needles: sizes 2,5 mm and 3 mm / US 2 and 2 ½ circular needles (using Magic loop) or DPN’s. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge. 

Notions: markers, darning needle

Techniques: The mittens are worked in the round with an afterthought thumb.

Stranded knitting, after thought thumb, increases, decreases.

Pattern: once you've made your paiement, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern PDF. We don't send patterns by snailmail.

Kit: includes the yarn. Kit doesn’t include the needles and notions. Shipping costs are not included in the price. Pattern is not included and should be purchased separately. 

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern