Time passes, people meet, traditions evolve, change and get richer. This is my new take on the Icelandic mittens from Skagafjördur, traditionally embroidered with a stylized flowerpot motif in long-armed cross-stitch. You can read more about the tradition here.
I called them Cécile after a popular French embroiderer and blogger who came into one of my knitting tours in the North of Iceland in 2011. I reinterpreted the geometric flowerpot as a floral fantasist embroidery and the mittens are knitted in a very thick wool by contrast with the old mittens that were knitted on tiny needles, often smaller than 1 mm!
Cécile’s blog: http://www.facilececile.com
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.
Sizes 1, 2, 3 for children 2-4, 6-8, 10-12 years old.
Wool: Léttlopi from Ístex (Icelandic wool,light spun, 50g/skein= 100m): 2 skeins, shade 0005 or color of your choice,
Eimbroidery: Léttlopi and Einband-Lodband from Ístex (pure wool, 70% Icelandic, laceweight, 50g/skein= 225m): about 1 m in each color
Needles: 5 mm/US 8 circ needle (using magic loop) or dpn’s
Notions: st markers, darning needle and embroidery needle
Gauge: 10 cm /4” = 15 sts and 22 rows in st st on 5 mm needle
Techniques: knitting in the round, thumb, embroidery.
A link to videos in English of all the embroidery sts used is indicated in the pattern.
Pattern: once you’ve made your payment, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download the pattern. It comes as a PDF file. We don’t send pattern by snail mail.
Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.