Berglind says: “My main knitting-related weakness has traditionally been those darned left mittens. It didn’t matter how many mittens I knitted – all of them turned into right-handed bastards. When I finally got fed up with the right-handed ones, I decided to make my own mittens that would be identical – that way I could knit fearlessly without worrying about whether the thumb showed up in the correct spot or not.
I’m from the wonderful area of Skagafjordur, Iceland. Drangey is an island close to where I grew up and I’ve always been captivated by its beautiful shape on the horizon. Full of inspiration from “Skagfjordian Rose-mittens” and with a hint of yearning I drew a pattern of Drangey island to stitch into my mittens. Now I can pop home with just a quick glance at my hands. The mittens can be embroidered with their owner’s initials for a personal touch.”
Womens medium. For smaller/larger mittens use smaller/larger needles and yarn that fits.
3 and 4mm/US 2 and 6, double pointed needles or 80 cm/32” circular (if using Magic Loop). Lopi light, Icelandic wool, color no. 1404, 1 skein 50g/1.7oz ~ 100m/109 yards. Two stitch markers, scrap yarn for holding thumb stitches, Einband, Icelandic lace weight or other lace weight yarn for cross stitching.
18 stitches and 29 rows = 10 x 10 cm in stockinette stitch on 4mm/US 6 needles.
Method and techniques:
The mittens are worked in the round from cuff to fingertips. The thumb gusset is shaped with increases and thumb stitches are put on a scrap yarn while the mitten is worked to fingertips, thumb is finished last. Pattern is worked in cross stitch.