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Belyse Gloves Pattern

by Ysolda Teague

Fingerless gloves featuring a classic star motif and a less traditional fingers-first-construction. The high contrast two colour palette and motifs are inspired by mittens from the Selbu region of Norway. Very unusually we’re able to attribute the first of these mittens to Marit Guldseth, who began making them in 1856, starting a tradition that would spread around the world.

Traditionally the thumb is worked entirely on the palm side, with a symmetrical gusset. For fingerless mittens and gloves, which I’m generally wearing because I need to use my hands, I prefer a wider range of movement. Consequently the thumbs are worked closer to the side of the hand, and shaped with a single column of decreases on the palm. This allows the colourwork pattern to flow from the back of the hand over the thumb.

Knitting sixteen or eighteen stitches in the round is no-one’s idea of fun, so the fingers on these gloves are worked flat — exactly like I-cord. This innovative technique is clearly illustrated and was first developed by Meg Swansen, building on techniques developed by her mother, Elizabeth Zimmermann. There’s a whole lot of knitting history in this little project.

The pattern includes detailed step-by-step photos.


Sport weight wool yarn.
MC: 175 yds / 160m
CC: 55yds / 50m


3.25mm (US 3) dpns or circulars for magic loop.  Spare needles in the same size or slightly smaller are helpful for holding stitches


28 sts x 56 rows = 10cm (4") in st st in garter st
40 sts x 48 rows = 10cm (4") in 2x2 rib (unstretched)

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