Dala Horse Mitts

Dala Horse Mitts

Dala Horse Mitts

I fell in love with this pattern when I saw Erica Knits’ version. The pattern is a free download by Wenche Roald and is a Dala Selbu Hybrid — a mitten mashup inspired by Norwegian Selbu mittens with a Swedish dala horse motif. I knew as soon as I saw them that they would make a perfect knit for Jane’s birthday (which is today, yay!). Jane told me how much she liked them as well but I played it cool… hope I didn’t give it away!

I used St-Denis Nordique in Pewter and Silver — my first time using St-Denis and I loved it! It’s 100% American wool from Montrealer Veronik Avery. St-Denis recently launched an e-commerce site and carry Briggs and Little yarn from New Brunswick as well as their Nordique and Boreale.

I have one word of warning when it comes to this pattern. It’s essentially one mitten charted. So, I thought, no problem, I’ll just invert it for the mate. Ha. I neglected to switch the thumb placement so when I cast off, feeling pretty good about myself, I realized I had made two left mittens. Ack!!! Beware the thumb placement!

I tried a new technique with these mitts — turning the work inside out when you start the colourwork. I have to thank Siga for this tip, I’d never heard of it before and it really helped to keep from bunching the stitches. I didn’t have to block as vigorously with this pair compared to my Fiddleheads and Franks.

Do you have any tips or tricks you use with colourwork? Please share!

And a very happy birthday to Jane!

[Photos courtesy ofย Christopher]


9 Replies to “Dala Horse Mitts”

  1. Oh wow, well done!! And such Jane-ey colours. I have never used that trick for colourwork – it makes a lot of sense!!
    I’ll have to try the Nordique – thanks for the heads up about the new e-shop ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These are just lovely and I like your choice of colour ๐Ÿ™‚ ..bummer about the two left thumbs .D ..it’s SO annoying when you make such obvious mistakes, happens to me all the time..ahha

    Happy B’day to Jane !

  3. Those are awesome – i love them! And the contrasting colours are perfect together. I actually love colourwork now that I have found a method that works for me but it involves swatching and increasing the size of the needles. So if the pattern calls for 4mm in colourwork and St st w/o colourwork, in the same pattern, I will increase to 5mm for the colourwork and more times than not, I will get gauge. Also, I don’t exactly knit loosely, but I spread the stitches out over my right hand needle so that when I carry the strand of colour across the back, it isn’t pulled tightly. That works like a hot-damn ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. They’re lovely. What a wonderful gift for Jane! I had to concentrate very hard knitting the second mitt. I think I ripped back once or twice, it was a challenge to flip the design in my head! I love the colours you chose and the Nordique does colorwork so well! Beautiful.

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