Learn how to knit Lovikka Mittens


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Description information
Version number: 1
Designer: Järbo Garn,Maja Karlsson
Translator: Carol Huebscher Rhoades
Photo: Bianca Brandon-Cox
Reproduction: Maja Karlsson

SIZE Women’s (Men’s)

YARN Lovikka (100% Icelandic wool), 66 yd/60 m / 100 g, CYCA #5 bulky)
Alternate Yarn: Järbo Garn group 7 or CYCA #5 (NOTE The amount needed will vary depending on yarn choice)

YARN AMOUNT Approx. 175 (200) g color 7601 White; small amount colors 7391 Pink and 7600 Light Gray for embroidery
NEEDLES U. S. size 8 / 5 mm: set of 5 dpn or long magic loop circular
NOTIONS Large-eye Tapestry needle for embroidery; strand of smooth, contrast color waste yarn
GAUGE Approx. 14 sts and 20 rounds in stockinette = 4 x 4 in / 10 x 10 cm. Adjust needle size to obtain gauge if necessary.


Stockinette in the round = Knit all stitches on the round.

With dpn, cast on 30 (36) stitches. Divide sts as evenly as possible over 4 dpn and join to work in the round.
Purl 1 rnd and then knit 9 rnds (= for upturned edge).
Turn work inside out and continue in stockinette for 26 (30) rnds.

On the next round, place thumb:
Using smooth, contrast color waste yarn, k6 (7) at beginning of rnd. Place those sts back on left needle and knit them again with working yarn. Continue knitting around until mitten measures 8¾ (9¾) in / 22 (25) cm from foldline.

Top Shaping
Decrease Rnd (total of 4 sts decreased around):
Needle 1: K1, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over, knit to end of needle.
Needle 2: Knit until 3 sts remain on needle 2, k2tog, k1.
Needle 3: K1, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over, knit to end of needle.
Needle 4: Knit until 3 sts remain on needle 4, k2tog, k1.
Knit 1 rnd.
Decrease the same way on every other round 2 more times and then decrease on every round until 10 (12) sts remain.

Next rnd: (K2tog) around = 5 (6) sts remain.
Cut yarn. Draw end through remaining sts; tighten.

Work as for right-hand mitten but knit in waste yarn for thumb over the last 6 (7) sts of the round.

Insert 1 dpn through the 6 (7) sts below waste yarn and insert another dpn through the 6 (7) sts above waste yarn. Carefully remove waste yarn. With working yarn (see Knitting Tip below), knit around in stockinette for 2¼ (2½) in / 5.5 (6) cm.

KNITTING TIP: To avoid holes at side of thumb: On the first rnd: pick up and knit 1 st after the 6 (7) sts (at side of thumbhole) and knit it together with the following stitch. Also pick up and knit 1 st after the last st of thumb and knit it together with first st of next rnd.

Thumb Tip: (K2tog) around. Cut yarn and draw end through remaining sts; tighten. Weave in all ends neatly on WS.

If you want to make your mittens firmer and softer, brush them.
NOTE The mittens shown in the pictures here were not brushed.
Wash the mittens in warm water. If you want to felt them, knead them firmly with soap. Rinse well. Gently squeeze and then roll in a towel to release excess water. Lay mittens flat until almost dry. Use a hard bristle brush to brush up the surface to make the mittens quite sturdy and fluffy.

Using doubled yarn, embroider the mittens’ upturned cuffs following the chart below.

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Yarn alternative: Please be aware that the gauge (tension), yarn quantity and the shape of the work varies if you use another yarn (even in the same yarn group).
To avoid problems: Read entirely through the pattern before you begin. 
Gauge (tension): Always knit/crochet a gauge swatch according to the recommendations. If you get a different gauge, try with a smaller or larger needle size. If the gauge isn't correct the work may be a different shape and size.
To make it easier to follow the instructions, use a colored pencil or highlighter to mark your size.
Chart: To make it easier to follow the chart, use a ruler under the on-going row.
Tips för hand dyed yarn: Make sure you have enough yarn to complete your project. The colors may vary from time to time. To get a smooth color mix, you can alternate between two skeins: knit two rows from one and two rows from another skein.

alt=alternately, approx.=approximately, beg=begin, bl=back loop, BO=bind off, cc=contrasting color, cn=cable needle, CO=cast on, col=color, cont=continue, dec=decrease, dpn(s)=double-pointed needles, fl=front loop, g st=garter stitch, inc=increase, k1f&b=knit in front and back loop of same stitch, k=knit (stitch), k2tog=knit two stitches together (right-slanting decrease), kw=knitwise, LH=left hand needle, m=marker, mm=millimeters, mc=main color, p=purl (stitch), patt=pattern, pm=place marker, pw=purlwise, rep=repeat, rnd(s)=round/rounds, RH=right hand needle, RM=remove marker, RS=right side, sl=slip, sl m=slip marker, ssk=slip, slip, knit, st(s)=stitches, St st=stockinette/stocking stitch, tog=together, WS=wrong side, wyib=with yarn in back, wyif=with yarn in front, yo=yarn over

approx.=approximately, beg=begin, bl=back loop, ch=chain stitch, col=color, cont=continue, dc=double crochet, dec=decrease, dtr=double treble crochet, fl=front loop, hdc=half double crochet, htr=half treble crochet, inc=increase, m=marker, mc=main color, rep=repeat, rnd/rnds=round/rounds, RS=right side, sc=single crochet, sl st=slip stitch, sts=stitches, tog=together, tr=treble crochet, tr tr=triple treble crochet, WS=wrong side, yo=yarn over

The range of movement for the garments in our patterns varies depending on the garment type, shape and design. In order to find the right size, we recommend that you first measure all measurements directly on the body, according to the tables below. Then you decide the size of the garment yourself, based on how much movement you want the garment to have.

Chest (a), waist (b) and hips (c) are measured around the body. 
Children's clothing is measured in centilong (cl),which is the same as the childs length. 
Premature = Children born before the week of pregnancy 38.

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