Arhippa Mittens by Outi Kater


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Arhippa Mittens

Arhippa is an old Karelian name meaning ‘the master
of horses’. The stitch pattern in Arhippa Mittens was inspired by traditional Karelian weaving and knitting patterns, that are thought to have their origin in ancient mythology. Many of these patterns depicted horses and giants, that later developed into giant trees, or into a ‘tree of life’. In medieval times, already, some of the patterns became so abstract that you couldn’t see the original meaning in them anymore. This type of patterns are still nowadays used in Finland in both weaving and knitting.

Arhippa Mittens have got braided edges at cuff and they have been knitted with 4-ply weight Shetland wool. The pattern includes instructions for four sizes (baby’s, child’s, women’s and men’s) in different colour combinations.


Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight – 100% Real Shetland Wool

Yarn A is the lighter background colour and Yarn B the darker pattern colour. In sizes S and L there is also an additional colour, Yarn C, which is used in small amounts in the braided edge and in size L also in thumb

Size XS:

  • Yarn A – Shade 202 Light Natural: 1 x 25g ball
  • Yarn B – Shade 9097 Rusty Red: 1 x 25g ball

Size S:

  • Yarn A – Shade 203 Light Grey: 1 x 25g balls
  • Yarn B – Shade 54 Dark Grey: 2 x 25g balls
  • Yarn C – Shade 1403 Bright Red: 1 x 25g balls

Size M:

  • Yarn A – Shade 203 Light Grey: 2 x 25g balls
  • Yarn B – Shade 1403 Bright Red: 2 x 25g balls

Size L:

  • Yarn A – Shade 2 Darker Natural Mix: 2 x 25g balls
  • Yarn B – Shade 81 Charcoal: 2 x 25g balls
  • Yarn C – Shade 9113 Maroon: 1 x 25g ball

3mm (UK11/US2.5) short DPNs, set of five, or your preferred needles for working small diameters in the round, or size required to obtain tension.

Stitch holders or waste yarn Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Sharp scissors