You like to knit, you like cross-stitch? You will love the traditional mittens from the fjord of Skagafjörður, embroidered with old Icelandic cross-stitch, presented her in a modern and easy version made by Ingibjörg Ólafsdóttir

Back to Issue 01 – Autumn 2010


Rósavettlingar Pattern*

4 €

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The pattern story

The designer
The traditional embroidered mittens

Ingibjörg Ólafsdóttir says:

“These embroidered mittens are inspired by a tradition that can be traced back to 19th-century Skagafjörður. I had a lot of fun knitting them, not least because they are a quick knit. When I was unemployed for a few months, I spent some time experimenting with knitting and Icelandic wool.

I visited the the National Museum of Iceland a number of times

I’m very interested in Old Icelandic culture and old craft patterns in particular. I based the embroidery on the back of these mittens on some old embroidery motifs I found at the National Museum; I visited the museum a number of times and each time I would adjust my own design a bit. I’ve always enjoyed knitting with lace weight or other fine yarn, for example Einband-Loðband, a lace weight yarn that comes in an amazing variety of colors. These mittens give me an opportunity to play around with different color combinations so the creative possibilities are almost endless. They are not only fun to knit but also make great presents.”

Ingibjörg’s mittens are for sale in a few chosen stores in Iceland, for example  at the National Museum of Iceland. When she’s not knitting mittens, Ingibjörg works for a hotel company in London city.


Characteristics & info

The pattern

Sizes: S(M, L) small (medium, large) Gauge: 10×10 cm / 4”x 4” = 20 sts and 28 rows in stocking st on 4 mm/US 8 needle

Yarn: MC: Léttlopi from Ístex, 100% pure Icelandic wool, light spun, medium weight, 50g/skein, 50g = ca.100m/109 yds : shade 0051, white, 1(2,2) skeins; 
CC: Einband-Loðband from Ístex, 70% Icelandic wool, 30% wool, fine lace-weight, 1-ply worsted, 50g/skein, 50g = ca. 225m/246 yds, scrap yarns in the color of your choice.

Needles and notions: 4 mm/US 6 double pointed needles, scraps of Léttlopi yarn in contrasting colour, darning needle, embroidery needle. Errata: 4 mm needle is US 6 not 8. Decreases: pm after 20(22,24) sts.

Techniques: knitting in the round, after-thought thumb, long arm cross stitch.

Pattern: Le modèle vient sous la forme d’un fichier PDF à télécharger. Nous n’envoyons pas d’instructions par la poste.

Errata: a mistake was found in this pattern, please check the errata.