We are thrilled to bring you some gorgeous kits for the iKnit7 Hilja Mitts KAL!! The official KAL (knit-along) kicks off on 19th Feb and runs until 5th March.
Hilja is a wonderful pattern by Aleks Byrd for some super useful and stylish mitts, AND is the perfect jumping off point for learning the Estonian Roosimine technique *!
Also, the perfect opportunity to try a new yarn that you might have been eyeing up?
Your Kit includes: • The Yarn! Enough to make a gorgeous pair of mitts / wrist warmers. See options below, and "Kit Specs" tab for yardage and weight info for each kit, as well as links to each yarn for more info!
• Printed Pattern for Hilja Mitts by Aleks Byrd, plus a download link for digital copy which can be added to your Ravelry library!
• An invitation to our private Facebook group for the KAL where you can ask your questions and show off your photos, and hang out with other lovely KALers, and a Facebook Live with Aleks!
• 2 x live Zoom sessions with Aleks Byrd herself: - the "Cast-On" Party on Friday 19th Feb - the "Show 'Em Off" Party on Friday 5th March
One Size (although super easy to modify!): A. Length: 24 cm / 9.5” B. Wrist circumference: 20 cm / 8” C. Length cuff to thumb hole: 18 cm / 7”
Skill Level: Advanced beginner who's comfortable knitting with two colours in the round. The pattern includes links to brilliant video tutorials by Aleks.
* Roosimine (rosie-me-ney) is an Estonian inlay technique that creates the appearance of embroidery through intentional floats in contrasting yarn on the right side of your knitting.
It’s the perfect technique to add some embellishment to your knitting that is easier than intarsia.
The name Roosimine translates to “decorating with roses”, which comes from a style of short stitch embroidery done on the Estonian island of Muhu.
In this fun KAL you will learn: - How to read Roosimine charts - Working with moving inlay yarn - Tensioning - Finishing
And this is an iKnit7 initiative run by 7 amazing independent yarn shops and promoting fabulous new indie designers! What's not to love, eh?
PS - if you'd like to make your own kit, please feel free to order the yarns and let us know you'd like the pattern and Facebook+Zoom invites. We can adjust your order for this and email you a payment link for the cost of the pattern. x
Aleks is a knitwear designer and illustrator with a heritage that embraces her multi national identity (American, Canadian and Estonian) and Estonian ancestry.
Aleks follows the thread of her own ancestry and weaves it into new patterns of today, absorbing and processing influences to produce new and unique knitwear with a connection to the past.
She passes on her knowledge in a variety of workshops about various knitting techniques, particularly surrounding Estonian knitting. Her understanding of both western and Estonian knitting cultures as well as learning styles allows her to translate and be a “knitting ambassador” for modern traditional knitting.