The Incredible Northman Mitten

December 12, 2011

This may be my favorite mitten of all time.  After I finished all my Christmas gifts for my family, I felt I had the time to knit one last pair of mittens for another friend. She loves the lined mittens I make so much that I figured she deserved a pair.

This design is by David Schulz, who runs Southern Cross Fibre in Australia.  The pattern is just about perfect – it has a braided edge, which I love, rather than a ribbed cuff.  The thumbs have gussets, which are more comfortable to wear and the pattern is so well written.  The pattern includes charts for two kinds of mittens – dark/light or light/dark.  Most patterns don’t do this and it is SO helpful.  Thanks, David!

I used one of my all time favorite yarns, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light.  50% wool, 50% alpaca.  So toasty warm.  The lining is of luscious Brushed Suri by Blue Sky Alpacas.  Brushed Suri is the most incredible yarn to use in the lining of a mitten – so lofty and soft. The color I chose is called “Snow Cone” and I thought it complimented the colors of the mitten so well.

The pattern calls for a braided edge done in one color, which I think kind of loses the purpose of doing a braided edge.  So I did the edge in two colors.  If you do a two color edge, make sure to do a two color cast on or it won’t come out right.  The two color cast on will be your set up row for the braid.

I even do the thumbs using Magic Loop

If you’ve never knitted lined mittens before, you should give it a try.  They are so special and warm to wear.  You can have all kinds of fun with the colors.

Pattern:  Northman Mitten
Yarn:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light and Brushed Suri
Needle:  #4 circular, using Magic Loop
Ravelry Page 



  1. These are gorgeous. I missed your previous post. Well done on getting so much knitting done in such a short span. I think yiou should rename this place Italian Dish Knits Prolifically ;D

  2. oh wow, those mitts are incredible!! and lined mitts are the best- the ones I wear every day in the winter are lined too, and you just can’t beat the cozy feeling.

  3. Those are so beautiful, and I love the lining!

  4. Do you sell any of the mittens that you make on Etsy?

    • I’m sorry, but I don’t sell any of my mittens! Thanks for asking.

  5. The pattern calls for regular Ultra Alpaca, and you say you used light? Does it still take one skein? Did the mittens turn out smaller than usual? I have a few skeins of the light and was hoping to make these, but my hands are medium to large (women’s).

    • Dawn: I had knit these mittens before (If you are on Ravelry, here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ItalianDishKnits/northman-mittens) and when I first knit them, the pattern called for DK weight yarn, so that’s what I used. It’s weird but he changed the pattern after that to worsted weight – don’t know why. I explain on my Ravelry page about that. So when I knit them again, I used DK again but just went up a needle size because I thought the first ones were just a tad small. Hope this helps. Can’t remember how much yarn I used but it was what the pattern called for.

      • Thanks! I am using the light, and they are turning out lovely, but a bit short. I’ve added a few rows and extended the pattern to compensate, because they aren’t too small around.

  6. Oh, I can’t believe these are hand knit!! They are simply beautiful!! Just came across your blog. Will be stopping by frequently.

  7. What is “magic loop” referred to with the needles?

    • It’s an awesome technique for knitting in the round using circular needles instead of double points. I love it.

  8. […] do love a good mitten pattern and this new one I found might be my favorite yet. The Northman Mitten is right up there, though.  There’s a couple of things I look for in a good mitten pattern: […]

  9. What a beautiful treasure…your attention to detail in all you do is duly noted and applauded. All these beautiful projects completed and documented here for the public to view…hats off to you!!

    I am looking for the perfect pair of mittens for a friend…I think the Northman is the pair…I just love the lined mitten…and special touches to the pattern.

    Question: have you ever dabbled with double knitting, I have been watching the Sockmatician’s videos and am intrigued…

    I look forward to seeing what you are up to next.


    • Melissa: I’ve never tried double knitting but always wanted to! Thank you for your kind words about my knitting. The Northman mitten is so fun to knit.

  10. I love the colours you have chosen for these mittens. If you want to make larger mittens, do you just knit with bigger needles? What would you recommend for a men’s medium size?

    • Teresa: The pattern gives you three sizes to knit – S, M or L. You switch needles to adjust the size, if I remember correctly. For a men’s medium, I guess I would knit the Large size. Hope this helps.

  11. Thanks so much for your help. I’m looking forward to making one. Thank you for posting all your wonderful tips and pictures to inspire me!

  12. Does the pattern include instructions for adding the lining?

    • Yes – the pattern includes the lining instructions!

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