I've been making my friend Jessica hand knit gifts for a long time. We met in a group fiddle lesson in Brooklyn, and we lived just a block apart. Even though we both left BK, we still keep in touch -- and we still exchange crafty gifts every year.
Last fall, Jessica told me about a pair of mittens she bought from a handmade market in Norway. She lost them, and she was pretty upset about it. Since she purchased them from a lady at a random market, they were practically impossible to replace. So I agreed to try and make a replica.
The result: Vespergyle Mittens.
Pattern: Vespergyle Mittens by Elinor Brown (Free Pattern!)
My colorwork wasn't perfect throughout the entire mitten, and this was my first time making a mitten where the thumb is increased slowly off the side of the mitten, rather than added later with picked up stitches. I think this type of thumb is way easier to knit.
The colorwork makes the mittens warmer, and it also looks super cool:
I don't think I successfully replicated Jessica's original mittens, but I hope these will be just as warm (and never lost!).
Here's a photo of Jessica's lost Norwegian mittens:
You can see they were a little felted and probably much warmer. But I think we did a pretty good job finding a pattern that is similar!
Here's a funny video of Jessica modeling her new mittens. Go, Jessica!