14 September 2019 – Belyse Mitts by Ysolda Teague

14 September 2019 – Belyse Mitts by Ysolda Teague


10.30 – 3.30 (buffet lunch included)

Come and learn to knit a pair of fingerless gloves featuring a classic star motif in stranded colour work and a less traditional fingers-first-construction.

Please note that most of the workshop will be spent learning how to create and join together the fingers of the mitts. This makes it great practice for knitting small circumferences in the round. For the chance to concentrate more specifically on Fair Isle stranded colour work try the Harriet’s Hat Breakfast and Knit-in!

The cost includes:
  - a printout and Ravelry download of the pattern by designer Ysolda Teague
  - yarn in a choice of colours
  - tuition
  - light refreshments during the session and a buffet lunch

You will need to bring with you:
   - 3.25mm circular needle at least 80cm long or 3.25mm DPNs depending on whether you like to work small circumferences in the round using the magic loop method or 4 or 5 DPNs
   - spare needles in the same size or slightly smaller
   - 3mm crochet hook
   - safety pins

Needles will be available to buy on the day if needed.

This pattern is from Ysolda’s Gifts for the Knitworthy pattern collection. Read on for more information about the concept of Knitworthiness!


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The concept of Knitworthiness has received welcome attention recently from designers such as Ysolda Teague and podcasters such as Louise Scollay aka Knit British. In essence it is about valuing the time, skills and materials that go into your knitting. As Ysolda says, 'life’s too short to knit for anyone who doesn’t love what you make'. 

So, if autumn brings, for you, the idea of gift making, here is the second in a series of workshops that combines an opportunity to make a beautiful gift for someone who will truly appreciate it, whilst at the same time learning some interesting new techniques that will add to your repertoire of skills.

The high contrast two colour palette and motifs in these glovves are inspired by mittens from the Selbu region of Norway. Very unusually we’re able to attribute the first of these mittens to Marit Guldseth, who began making them in 1856, starting a tradition that would spread around the world.

This pattern achieves fingerless mittens with a wider range of movement than those using a traditional construction ( i.e. with the thumb worked entirely on the palm side, with a symmetrical gusset). In Belyse, the thumbs are worked closer to the side of the hand, and shaped with a single column of decreases on the palm. This allows the colourwork pattern to flow from the back of the hand over the thumb.

Knitting sixteen or eighteen stitches in the round is no-one’s idea of fun, so the fingers on these gloves are worked flat — exactly like I-cord. This innovative technique is clearly illustrated and was first developed by Meg Swansen, building on techniques developed by her mother, Elizabeth Zimmermann. There’s a whole lot of knitting history in this little project.

The pattern includes detailed step-by-step photos.

Photo credit - Ysolda Teague