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 of Christopher]