Ornäs Hat and Mitts

A coordinating set of colourwork hat and fingerless mitts inspired by nature. Showing how effective just two colours can be, these fun projects are ideal for new colourwork knitters. Ornäs is great value with both the hat and mitts included.

The mitts are worked from the ribbed cuff at the knuckles up to the wrist. This long cuff can be work folded back when you need to use your fingers or unfolded for extra warmth. The mitts feature the same stitch patterns as the hat and a thumb worked by binding off and then casting on stitches on the following round. More stitches are cast on than bound off and the additional stitches are decreased in a single column that creates a diagonal line following the life line on the palm. The mitts are finished with garter stitch cuffs and stitches are picked up around the opening left for the thumb which is also worked in stranded colourwork.

The Ornäsbjork is a type of silver birch that’s the national tree of Sweden. The colourwork patterns are inspired not by the iconic silhouettes of birch trees in winter but by their details: the textures and shapes of their catkins, trunks and leaves.


Skills for knitting this project

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27 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in colourwork in the round




Heavy fingering / sport weight wool yarn.

Green and grey set shown in Rauma Finullgarn (100% Norwegian wool, 191 yds / 175m, 1.76oz / 50g)

Colour A: 498

Colour B: 403

Brown set shown in Skein Queen Ullvärme (100% Swedish wool, 330 yds / 300m, 3.53oz / 100g)

Colour A: Hornbean

Colour B: Silver Birch

Needles and notions

US 5 / 3.75mm 16” / 40cm circular and dpns or preferred needles for working small circumferences in the rnd


105[110] yds / 95[100]m of colour A
65[70] yds / 60[65]m of colour B

170[190] yds / 155[175]m of colour A
125[140]yds / 115[130]m of colour B

"It's better not to make mittens in a hurry… Let's make them in May; let's take our time over them; let's venture into new approaches and designs; let's enjoy them." "A good summer project is a bevy of hats." Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitters Almanac, for the months of May and June.

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