The Nordic style mittens Rósir have a refreshingly modern flair when knitted in an array of colors inspired by Icelandic nature. A pattern by Hélène Magnússon:  “I couldn’t help but decline them in many colors and I’m not sure which combination I prefer most! But I sure know they will make perfect gifts!”

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Rósir Mittens Pattern

3 €


Rósir Mittens KIT (wool without pattern)

28 €


The pattern story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

There are many different types of mittens in Iceland. Nordic-style mittens were very popular in older times, knitted with fine handspun Icelandic wool often in two colors, white and black or white and brown. Knitted in an array of colors inspired by Icelandic nature, the Rósir mittens with their simple rose pattern have a refreshingly modern flair. They are worked in the round from the bottom up in stranded knitting with and elegant lace cuff and an afterthought thumb and the tip is shaped with symmetrical 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 (from 2,25 to 3,25 mm / US 1 to 3) and also adjust length by adding or removing rnds between the roses.

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: dark purple, 1 skein (96 m /106 yds used)

CC1: anis green, 1 skein (27 m / 30 yds used)

CC2: moss green, 1 skein (27 m/ 30 yds used)

CC3: Old pink, 1 skein (20 m / 22 yds used)

Total yardage: 170 m /188 yds 

Needles: size 3 mm/US 2 ½ circular needle (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, lace (charted and written instructions).

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