Is there an easy pattern for these lovikkas? My mom wants mittens for Christmas, and I really like how these look! Thanks!
there is! i'll try to write it down, but i'll have to use a book for the english knitting terms, so please tell me if anything sounds wrong.
36 stitches makes a perfect pair for me, but i have very big hands. 32 was perfect for my sister.
there are two ways of starting. the traditional way, you start with purl stitches and knit them together into a ring immediately, then continue with purl stitches for 3 inches, then switch to knitting stitches.
*** measure the length of the mitten from where you switched, as the "inside out" part will be tucked up to form a board to be decorated . when you think it's time for a thumb, use a different color for as many stitches as will fit your thumb, then go back to the original color. the different color thread will be pulled out to form the thumb-hole after finishing the rest of the mitten. keep on knitting until you reach the first finger, then decrease the stitches by casting off, which i can't explain in english, but if you know how to do it it's easy, and if you don't, any book can show you.
then it's thumb-time! pull out the thread, and pick up the stitches on four needles. usually the thumb needs to be a little bit longer than you think. cast off the same way you did on the mitten!
i usually cheat a bit with the "board", and start with a few rows of back-and-forth garter-stitch, then knit it together and continue with knittnig stitches for 2 inches, then switch to purl stitches for some 3 or 4 rows, then switch to knitting stitches again and continue from *** in the pattern. looks like a tucked up board, but isn't as thick and clumsy. saves some yarn as well. the black ones with the reflective tapa are done this way, and the pink ones in the traditional way.
these mittens are then brushed or felted to be more "furry" (wrong word, but it describes it). i haven't tried felting, as i don't know how much it will shrink, so i usually go for brushing them.
if you go for traditional, you might want to add a 3 inch braid with a tassel(?) like on the pink pair. use some threads from the embroidery yarn in the tassel. the embroidery on those is made the traditional way with thick yarn.
the traditional colors are white or grey for the mittens, and embroideries in blue, red and yellow, one thread of each. striped ones usually turn out well too.
i hope you are able to make anything out of my confused pattern, but just ask me if there are any problems with it!