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Shetland Tundra yarn & Pattern - Giveaway for February 2014

Shetland Tundra yarn 20% Qivut-musk ox down- 80 % Virgin Shetland wool. 50 Gram skeins, 3ply light worsted weight yarn perfect for all the cozy knits that can be worn close to the skin !

Its Amazing how soft the Shetland yarn is with only 20% Qiviut added & i Love to be the first spinner doing such yarn.....

To enlarge any of the pictures simply click on them !

Lately i Have been knitting lots of sweaters & larger Projects thought it time to make some small items for a change ! The Texting mitts above are real easy to knit & knit up quite quickly. they have a Delicate Picot edge, circular knitting & knit in 2 sections with the Leafy cuff added at the end. You can make them in the Natural solid Black colour or as i have with a natural shade of  Fawn Shetland Tundra yarn for contrast.

You Will Need :

1 skein of Shetland Tundra yarn,
1 set 3.00mm D.P.N's
1 pair straight 3.5mm needles,
3 stitch markers,
waste yarn(for thumb gusset)
Wool needle-sharp point.

The Pattern :

Knit First mitt.

With D.P.N's cast on 42 sts, join to work in the rnd, place marker, knit all rnds until work measures 3'' inches from cast on edge (without stretching)
Next begin Thumb Inc's
1: k18, place marker, m1, k1, m1, place 2nd marker, k to beg.
2: & all alt rnds knit without shaping.
3: k18, sm, m1, k3, m1, sm, k to beg
5: k18, sm, m1, k5, m1, sm, k to beg
7: k18, sm, m1, k7, m1, sm, k to beg
9: k18, sm, m1, k9, m1, sm, k to beg
11: k18, sm, m1, k11, m1, sm, k to beg
Next rnd, slip 1 st marker,  k18, remove Thumb marker, slip 12 sts onto waste yarn, remove next marker,
knit across closing the gap as you go by putting extra tension on the working yarn.
Continue knitting in rnds until work reaches just past your knuckles(try on for size) 

Picot Edge:

At beg of rnd slip marker,  *k1, yo, k2tog, rep from * to beg of rnd.
Next knit 6 rnds then cast off all sts.
Turn inside out, sew the picot edge to the inside of mitt. Use a sharp wool needle to allow you to direct exactly where the the needle enters & Always apply same tension throughout so your work is Neat & has a professional finish !

Thumb Gusset: Slip the 12 sts from waste yarn onto 3 D.P.N's & knit 8 rnds, cast off & sew in your ends.

Make another mitt as above.

Leafy Cuff:

To Knit the Leafy cuff, cat on 8 sts with 3.5mm's then follow pattern below making 3 pattern repeats.
1: (RS) K5, yf, k1, yf, k2.
2: p6, inc in next st by knitting into front & back of it, k3.
3: k4, p1, k2, yf, k1, yf, k3.
4: p8, inc in next st, k4.
5: k4, p2, k3, yf, k1, yf, k4.
6: p10, inc in next st, k5.
7: k4, p3, k4, yf, k1, yf, k5
8: p12, inc in next st, k6.
9: k4, p4, yb, sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k1.
10: p10, inc in next st, k7.
11: k4, p5, yb, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, k1.
12: p8, inc in next st, k2, p1, k5.
13: k4, p1, k1, p4, yb, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k1.
14: p6, inc in next st, k3, p1, k5.
15: k4, p1, k1, p5, yb, sl1, psso, k1, k2tog, k1.
16: p4, inc in next st, k4, p1, k5.
17: k4, p1, k1, p6, yb, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1.
18: p2tog, cast off 5 sts using p2tog as first of these sts, k1, p1, k5. Back to 5 sts again & start at pattern row 1 again & repeat another 2 times. 

very easy lace design that adds an interesting touch to plain mitts !

This is Ramy Boy Foula, who was kind enough to Donate his wool back in September for this project.
You can't see due to the sun flooding in but he really is Very Black, with soft crimpy wool, jet black skin, perfect black horns & solid black Tongue so needless to say I'm keeping him for breeding. The fleece as you can see gets covered in hay that all has to be picked out by hand before i wash the fleece...Timothy heads are a menace !

This months giveaway is for the Shetland Tundra yarn in Natural black & Natural Fawn to knit the mitts above.

2 winners drawn at random,

open to knitters world wide.

Runs from 31st January TO February 28th 2014

Simply tell us if you would choose to knit them in a solid colour or with contrast, should your name be drawn you will be sent the yarns to knit your colour choice of mittens ! 


  1. I LOVE that pretty cuff! It looks so dressy in a contrasting color, so I'd pick the two-color option.

  2. I really like the contrasting cuff, I'd pick the two-colour option.

  3. thank you for the giveaway.
    I would knit it in a single color.

  4. Lovely mitts! I would knit them in one color. I have simple tastes. :)

  5. The contrast-color mitts is what I would love to make. :)

  6. I would knit them all a solid color :).

  7. I would like to knit it in contrasting colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Like it both ways, but I think all one would work best for me!

  9. Ooh, definitely the contrast! Thanks for the chance :-)

    1. Chelsea w you are our 2nd winner to be drawn at random. Please contact me so i can mail your yarns.congratulations !

  10. I would do it in one color. Looks so soft!

  11. Definitely contrasting colors. I really like the look of that.

  12. I really like the contrst colors, it makes the leafy cuff pop.

  13. I would like to make the ones with contrast colours, such a great idea.

  14. The two contrasting colours gives it a layered look, which I really like and helps show the leaf pattern.

  15. I really agree with Mym Berry about showing off the leafy pattern. I think I would do the whole glove in a naturally dyed yellow (like Osage Orange wood), or grey, and I think those muted pigments would show off the nuance to the pattern.

  16. I Would Like to make two contrasting colours

  17. I would knit them in contrast colors for my girlfriend.
    She loves beautiful things.

    1. Hello, you won the yarn to knit the 100% Qiviut texting mitts from 'The Qiviut Blog'......go to the other blog & see
      your name ! Best regards Lorraine

    2. I see your email has just come in....thanks for contacting me !

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  18. Black is gorgeous, Lorraine, and such a nice contrast with natural qiviut colour!
    I have so many friends and family members to knit for and I'm having such a great time discovering the wonders of knitting with high-end, decadent yarns!
    You make it fun anticipating what you'll come up with next :D

  19. Thanks for having such a fun giveaway! It's hard to decide but I think I would do one color.

  20. Definitely in 2 colors. That contrast really pops nicely.

  21. I would probably knit in one color.

  22. I would knit them in two shades like you did! Love Shetland Wool!

  23. I would like to knit the mitts in two shades.

  24. Nice looking ram!
    I like the contrast of those natural colours together.

    1. Jody you were the first name drawn at random. Please contact so i can mail your yarns...congrats !

  25. Oh, I love the contrast version and would want to make those!

    arw44 (at symbol) cornell (DOT) edu

  26. They are both lovely, but I think I would knit the one color version! Thanks for another great giveaway!

  27. Thank you for the give away. I would like to knit it in two shades and would choose two bright colors.

  28. Contrastic colours would be so pretty! Thanks for the chance!

  29. I would love to knit this with the contrasting colours. So pretty! And it sure would keep me warm walking to school.

  30. Definitely contrasting colors, love the pic of Ramy horns!

  31. Single color for me. Sounds like the perfect fiber mix.

  32. I might knit stripes

  33. I'd knit them all in solid color. Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  34. I'd choose the solid colour option.

  35. I am torn… I like the contrast, but I am a simple dresser, and feel the solid would fit my personality better! Surprise me! I love serendipity!


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