Jan 17

Favorite Selbu mitten features

I’ve shared with you before how much I love knitting the mittens in Terri Shea’s book, Selbuvotter, and I think I’ve managed to distinguish what it is I like about these mitten designs over other Scandinavian or Baltic designs.

:: Typically, Selbu designs are knit with two colors – dark and light. I love the contrast. Using two colors allows me to focus more on the pattern. ::

What makes a mitten a Selbuvotter is the combination of structure and color design – Selbuvotter

:: A Selbu mitten thumb starts at the base of the hand, and allows the cuffed portion of the mitten to be slim rather than wide. Increases are done every two rounds and thumb stitches are set aside when there are enough stitches for the width of the hand. I prefer this to a peasant thumb ::

Finished: NHM #5

:: Selbu mittens feature a different design on the back of the hand divided by a one- or two-stitch patterned vertical line, followed by a different design on the palm. I particularly like this feature of Selbu mittens, as I always have a comfortable resting/stopping point when I’m knitting during times of frequent interruptions. The palm pattern is usually a smaller, shorter repeat ::

Finished: NHM #5

And now that I know how to knit the thumbs (and have the required DPNs), my other mittens will have thumbs soon:

From Selbuvotter: NHM #7

:: That brings me to another feature of Selbu mittens that I enjoy – the fit! I was worried at first that they were too small, but I learned from my pink and white mittens that they do grow a bit when washed; the hand portion fits more like a glove than a mitten. The pointed fingertips and thumb actually provided a bit more room without being floppy. ::

Now it’s time to knit some of the mittens in Selbustrikk. I already chose the mitten design I want to knit: Barnevott 10: Child’s Mitten.



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  2. Debbie Deatherage says:

    Such beautiful mittens! I must get that book. Have you tried Portuguese Knitting? The book can be found at “A Time to Knit.” Kathryn attends our New Harmony Retreat & I think you would be interested in her work. It looks like she has made quite a success from working at home–publication & such.

    Debbie D.

  3. SoKnitpicky says:

    I did not know there was so much to know about thumbs! They are just perfect 🙂

  4. Maryse says:

    I’m about to knit some colorwork mittens for a men who asked for hand knitted mittens… I’m pretty excited about this! I adore all colorwork mittens I see! Is there a name for that fixation!!! 😉 Yours are beautiful!

  5. Alexandra says:

    Beautiful mittens! I want to make some mittens like that, there are so many gorgeous designs! Very interesting post, I didn’t know that Selbu was actually a specific kind of mitten.

  6. Well, you’ve certainly sold ME on the benefits of the selbu mitten — they really are gorgeous. I wonder what wool-free yarn would work best for them? Always my dilemna!

  7. I too love Selbu mittens. Your red and white ones are to die for! Gorgeous!

  8. Angela says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful mittens! I love Knit Picks 4″ DPNs for fingers and thumbs.

  9. Jennie says:

    Very pretty!! And yay for mom’s mits 🙂
    Can’t wait to see your Selbustrikk.

  10. After knitting so many mittens on DPNs, I now knit them on a circular using Magic Loop. Life changing. But the real positive is knitting thumbs using Magic Loop. Incredible and so easy and no DPN points sticking out on the small diameter of a thumb!


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