Lovikkavantar – Lovikka mittens
En svensk klenod – en beskrivning från Agneta Byers hemskapat
Garn: Lovikka, 100 % ull från zgarn
Stickor: Strumpstickor nr 5 mm och virknål nr 6mm
Masktäthet: 14m slätstickning på stickor nr 5 mm = 10 cm
Pattern is available in Swedish and English, pdf files available after purchase
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The Story of the Lovikka Mitten
Lovikka mittens are known for being extra thick with turned back embroidered cuffs and a soft fuzzy
appearance. The story goes that the first Lovikka mitten was knit in the late 1800s by a Swedish woman commissioned to make a pair of extra thick mittens by a local woodsman. She spun an extra thick yarn for the mittens, but when the woodsman saw them, he thought she had ruined the wool.
Attempting to rescue her project, she washed the mittens several times, added embroidery to the cuffs and brushed them both inside and out to soften them. The new mitten was a hit and its popularity spread throughout Scandinavia.
I found that the technique of knitting with loosely spun, soft, thick yarn and brushing up afterward makes the fabric more durable, firmer, and warmer for the wearer.
Making the Mittens
If you haven’t made a pair of mittens before, these are probably the simplest mittens to make. With relatively few stitches, big needles, and very little shaping, these mittens are a perfect first mitten project.If you need a little more encouragement, you should know that in Sweden these mittens are knit as a third grade project!