Arthur Olsen was my great-grandpa. He was born in Norway, and as a boy, he skied to school. He immigrated to the United States with his family when he was ten years old. He returned to Norway as a young man, but then crossed the Atlantic one more time to live in the United States for the rest of his life. He was a major influence throughout my childhood and teenage years. He worked hard and loved his family. He was an artist and painter and had a beautiful singing voice. He made the world a more beautiful place. I knit these mittens for all my boys for Christmas, to remind them of their great-great-grandpa. I am happy to share this pattern and Arthur’s legacy with you.
Arthur fingerless mitts, are a twist on a traditional Selbu mitten. Knit in the round on double-pointed needles, with colorwork throughout and with a different pattern on the back of the hand and the palm. The thumb is shaped with a gusset. It’s a pretty quick knit. I hope you enjoy making them. If you would like to make a smaller or larger mitt, you can knit on smaller or larger DPNs to tweak the size.
Sizes Women’s large/men’s medium Finished Measurements 4.25” (12 cm) wide and 7.5” (25 cm) long Yarn Yarn: Tuku Fingering Main Color: Blue 50 g (or 90 yards of equivalent fingering-weight yarn) Contrasting Color: Grey (or 85 yards of equivalent fingering-weight yarn) Needles Needles: double-point needles 2 mm or 2.5 mm (or another size double-point needles to obtain the correct gauge) Notions Darning needle Gauge and Swatch Gauge: 30 stitches/35 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm Skills Used Knitting Purling Long-tail cast on Backward loop ssk Knitting in colorwork Picking up and knitting stitches Binding off Catching floats Knitting in the round with DPNs Chart reading Duplicate stitch Weaving in ends