Inspired by the Mosi Mittens of the Grýla Collection, I made a very soft matching hat, using Gilitrutt Tvíband, my Icelandic lambswool yarn. 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. As we enter summer, wild flowers and lichens ad vivid touch of colors that inspired me more color combinations. The hat is knitted in the round from the bottom up and the crown is shaped with decreases.
Gilitrutt Tvíband is a unique plied lace yarn created by Hélène Magnússon. Just like the very fine Love Story, Gilitrutt is made of soft Icelandic lambswool carefully selected by Hélène from Icelandic sheep farmers. Gilitrutt is plied making it just as strong as it is soft. It is a similar weight than Grýla Tviband and can be used instead of it to knit strong but extrasoft mittens and shawls. Versatile, it can be knitted on a variety of needle sizes and will make deliciously light sweaters and soft baby garments.
Hélène Magnússon is a Icelandic knit designer, 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.
Size: three sizes S(M,L) to fit head circumference 46(50,56) cm / 18(20,22)”. You can achieve more sizes or a slouchier effect by changing needle size.
Gauge: 4”x 4” / 10×10 cm in stranded motif
= 30 sts and 36 rows on needle 3 mm / US 2.5
Yarn: Gilitrutt Tvíband by Hélène Magnússon, 100% new wool, 100% Icelandic sheep wool, plied lace, 2-ply, 25 g / skein = approx. 112 m/ 123 yds: MC #Moss Green, CC1 # Raven Black, CC2 Anis Green,1 skein of each
Needles and notions: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (using Magic loop) or DPNs. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Marker, darning needle
Techniques: The hat is knitted in the round from the bottom up and the crown is shaped with decreases. Stranded knitting, decreases.
Kit: the kit contains the wool but not the needles or the other material. The kit doesn’t include the pattern that must be purchased separately. Shipping costs are not included
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