FREE KNITTING PATTERN: THE ONNI MITTENS

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Want to make the matching beanie as well? Find the free pattern for the Onni beanie here!

Hi there folks, so glad to see you’ve found your way to this free mitten pattern so let me present to you: The Onni Mittens! Onni is the Finnish word for happiness and if you ask me, keeping your hands warm when the first snow falls and  you’re drinking hot chocolate from a take away cup while enjoying the cool, crisp air should definitely be the dictionary definition of comfy (might’ve gotten a little poetic there but let me have my delusions about the perfect winter that doesn’t include rain, wind that makes the snow hurt your face and gloomy skies!). But anyway, back to the mittens. They have an intermediate cable pattern, a double cuff and thanks to the bulky yarn, they work up in no time!

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In this free pattern you’ll find full written instructions on how to make the mittens from start to finish and a knitting chart for the pattern as well. The pattern is actually worked like any other cable pattern or chart would be (even if it doesn’t really look like traditional cables…) but don’t let the cables scare you – once you get the hang of the pattern you’ll be knitting the mittens up in no time! There’s also a tutorial on my blog for a cabled cowl which includes a video on how to knit basic and braided cables (the video doesn’t include the cables used in this design but it gives you a better overall idea of how to slip stitches in the front or the back side of the work and so creating cables)! In this mitten pattern, by slipping stitches onto the cable needle you’re actually changing the places of the knit and purl stitches and this way creating the diamond like shape.

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Click here for the free beanie pattern!

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at kati@katimaaria.com!

Also if you share a picture of the mittens on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #onnimittens – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here!

So let’s get knitting!

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MEASUREMENTS

One size, will fit an average woman. Length with the cuff folded: approximately 24cm/9.4 inches

YARN & NEEDLE VARIATIONS

First things first: if you identify yourself as a tight knitter, opt for bigger needles!

The pattern is designed for bulky yarn (weight category #5) and 6mm/US 10 needles. If you wish to make the mittens more chunky you can choose a  bulkier yarn or for example knit with double stranded bulky yarn (like I did with the pink mittens) but keep the needle size at 6mm/US 10 or any needle size to obtain the gauge. I’ve found that this way, you’ll get more texture to the work but as the needle size remains the same and rather small for chunkier yarn, the gauge doesn’t radically change and you can still follow this pattern from start to finish.

For example, the chunky pink mittens in the pictures are knit with double stranded bulky yarn (Phil Looping by Phildar, find it here!) using 6mm/US 10 needles.

The grey mittens are knit with double stranded worsted yarn (Alpaca Wool by Novita, find it here!) using 6mm/US 10 needles, making the yarn an equivalent to a category #5 yarn.

MATERIALS

  • 6mm/US 10 DPNs or any needles to obtain the gauge (if you’re a tight knitter, give 8mm/US 11 needles a try for example!)
  • Approximately 100m/109 yards of bulky yarn (weight category #5) with the following gauge: 10x10cm/4×4″ of stockinette stitch with 6mm/US 10 needles = 14 stitches, 22 rows
  • Cable needle or extra DPN
  • A little piece of contrasting color yarn for the thumb hole
  • Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS

K = knit
P = purl
M1 = make one stitch by picking up the yarn in between two stitches with your left needle and knitting it through the back loop
C3F = slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch and then knit 1 stitch from cable needle.
C2B = slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and leave in back of work. Knit 1 stitch and then purl 1 from cable needle.
C2F = slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Purl 1 stitch and then knit 1 from cable needle.
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
Skp = slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch and pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch

CUFF

Cast on 24 stitches on your 6mm/US 10 needles. Work the mittens with 4 needles: keep the work on 3 needles in a triangle shape and knit with the fourth one. Share the stitches evenly so that you have 8 stitches per needle. The beginning of the round is between the 1st and the 3rd needle (see needle map below!).

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Join the work in the round and *K1, P1* all around (round 1) and repeat round 1 for another 17 times, knitting a total of 18 rounds for the cuff or until it measures 10cm/4 inches.

INCREASE ROUND

1st needle: no increases, knit 8 stitches
2nd needle: increase 3 stitches evenly, for example in the following way:

  • K1, M1, K3, M1, K3, M1, K1

3rd needle: no increases, knit 8 stitches

BODY

After the increases, you’ll have 27 stitches on the work: 8 stitches on needle 1, 11 stitches on needle 2 and 8 stitches on needle 3. You’ll knit stockinette stitch on the 1st and the 3rd needle until the end of the mitten and work the cable pattern on the 2nd needle.

The following written instructions are only for the 2nd needle, knit stockinette stitch on the 1st and the 3rd needle.

Round 1: K1, P3, C3F, P3, K1
Round 2: K1, P3, K3, P3, K1
Round 3: K1, P2, C2B, P1, C2F, P2, K1
Round 4: K1, P2, K5, P2, K1
Round 5: K1, P1, C2B, P3, C2F, P1, K1
Round 6: K1, P1, K7, P1, K1
Round 7: K1, P1, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1
Round 8: K1, P1, K7, P1, K1
Round 9: K1, P1, C2F, P3, C2B, P1, K1
Round 10: K1, P2, K5, P2, K1
Round 11: K1, P2, C2F, P1, C2B, P2, K1
Round 12: K1, P3, K3, P3, K1

The knitting chart for the cable pattern can be found at the end of the post!

Repeat rounds 1-12 twice more (you’ll knit the rounds three times total) and finish by knitting round 1 once more before starting the decreases.

When you’re knitting rounds 1-12 for the second time, make the thumb hole on round 4 (round 16 on the total row count after starting the cable pattern).

  • For the right mitten, make the thumb hole on the 3rd needle: knit 2 stitches, then knit 4 stitches with a contrasting color yarn and move these 4 stitches back to the left hand needle. Finish the needle by knitting stockinette stitch and continue onto round 5.
  • For the left mitten, make the thumb hole on the 1st needle: knit 2 stitches, then knit 4 stitches with a contrasting color yarn and move these 4 stitches back to the left hand needle. Finish the needle by knitting stockinette stitch and continue the round normally.

Decreasing

Round 1:

  • 1st needle: K5, K2tog, K1
  • 2nd needle: skp, K7, K2tog
  • 3rd needle: K1, skp, K5
  • stitch count after the round: 23

Round 2:

  • 1st needle: K4, K2 tog, K1
  • 2nd needle: skp, K5, K2tog
  • 3rd needle: K1, skp, K4
  • stitch count after the round: 19

Round 3:

  • 1st needle: K3, K2tog, K1
  • 2nd needle: skp, K3, K2tog
  • 3rd needle: K1, skp, K3
  • stitch count after the round: 15

Round 4:

  • 1st needle: K2, K2tog, K1
  • 2nd needle: skp, K1, K2tog
  • 3rd needle: K1, skp, K2
  • stitch count after the round: 11

Round 5:

  • 1st needle: K1, K2tog, K1
  • 2nd needle: K3
  • 3rd needle: K1, skp, K1
  • stitch count after the round: 9

Cut yarn and pull through remaining 9 stitches, tighten and secure the end well by weaving in on the wrong side of the work.

Thumb

Remove the help yarn and pick up the 7 stitches the yarn was holding. Pick up 5 extra stitches from around the thumb hole adding the total amount of stitches to 12 (if you want to make a bigger thumb you can pick more stitches from around the thumb hole). Share the stitches evenly on 3 needles so that you have 4 stitches per needle. To avoid stretching the stitches and making holes at the core of the thumb, knit all the stitches through the back loop on the first round. After the first round, continue knitting stockinette stitch until the thumb covers approximately half of your thumb nail.

Decrease by knitting 2 stitches together at the end of every needle (repeat on every round) until you have a total of 6 stitches left on the thumb. Cut yarn and pull through remaining 6 stitches, tighten and secure the end well by weaving in on the wrong side of the work.

KNITTING CHART

And here’s the visual for the cable pattern! After knitting the cuff, you’ll repeat rows 1-12 for a total of three times and then knit row 1 once more before starting the decreases (no chart for the decreasing part so head back up a little to see the written instructions!).

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And there you have it, your Onni mittens are now ready (you see, I told you they would work up in no time)!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern and will be making all the mittens for the winter!

xx, Kati

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PICTURE DIARY: STRASBOURG

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Hi guys! Phew I feel like it’s been a hundred years since I last sat down and actually had the time to update anything on the blog. But here I am now! We’ve had a few busy weeks as my boyfriend was on holiday and we even got to have my little sister from Finland stay at our place for a whole week. We drank a lot of wine, ate too many pains au chocolat and watched a bunch of movies so all in all, I’d say it was a very successful week!

Before our overnight trip to Strasbourg we visited the small city of Riquewihr which is located on the wine route in Alsace. The day was a little cloudy so I didn’t get many nice pics but the main street is very picturesque and full of these little wooden houses that are really typical for Alsace and Germany. And in Riquewihr, there are A LOT of all things wine (which makes sense as the city is literally in the middle of vines…). You can find everything from wine tastings to wine shops to cheap boxes of wine, so yeah, I definitely wish we would’ve had more time to spend than just an afternoon but at least we now know that it’s a city definitely worth re-visiting!

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And then, well then we went to Strasbourg! I don’t know what it is about the city but I’m absolutely obsessed with it and I already thought about taking up German classes at the uni (as if French wasn’t already enough of a challenge hahaha) and moving to Strasbourg! But we’ll see about that… Well anyway, we mostly spent our time strolling aimlessly around the city, admiring the cathedral and sitting on different patios drinking… need I say it, wine.

strasbourg

strasbourg

And I mean isn’t the cathedral just SO IMPRESSIVE? It amazes me every time how something so massive has ever been built and how it’s still standing. Also we were quite lucky as we went to Strasbourg on a Monday so the city wasn’t too crowded and even the weather wasn’t too hot so we really got all the best things out of a little city vacation.

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We also found this super cute coffee place, Café Bretelles, in the Petite France block (the pic on the right), and in my opinion having a gem like this in the otherwise extremely touristy area was like a breathe of fresh air! And the picture on the left is actually from Petite France, which is a small island in the city center full of old houses like these – charming and crowd-free as can be!

I have a few posts in the making at the moment so you’ll be hearing from me again soon! I’ve also been getting my autumn-mood on with a lot of tea, John Mayer and knitting, and I have at least two beanie patterns in mind so keep your eyes pealed for them too!

xo, Kati

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HELSINKI IN EARLY JUNE

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Ahhhh, trust me when I tell you nothing beats a summery Helsinki! I had the chance to spend a few days in the city in the beginning of June with my best friends and my little sister, and we got to enjoy some amazingly sunny and pretty summer days. I have yet to plan & execute my ”perfect day in Helsinki” dream/idea/goal, because I can’t seem to shake off this feeling of having been to the city many times but still never really getting to know it or seeing enough of it. But what I do know is that whenever I get to make my Helsinki dreams come true I better start with an empty belly, as I already know this vacay is going to be mostly about eating, snacking and drinking lots of good lattes!

So as I don’t have a absolutely-see-and-do-these-things-in-Helsinki -list ready I thought I could share a little about the few places that I did visit this time around! So let’s start with the pictures above. The one on the left is the Helsinki Cathedral and it’s one of the most popular tourist sights in Helsinki – and you just have to agree, it is beautiful! It’s located in the Senate Square, which makes up one of the oldest parts of Helsinki. The second picture is from a city area called Katajanokka (more specifically I believe this exact spot is called Kanavaranta) but I’d say it’s located like a 10 minute walk away from the cathedral, so really close. I love how Helsinki is by the sea, and when you combine that to the ahhhmazing architecture all around the city it’s JUST.SO.PRETTY.EVERYWHERE!

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Obviously, I had a lot of lattes. We went to Paulig Kulma (left) to enjoy their beautiful interior, and get reminded of their barista courses and how I’m dying to take one! But I do have to say that after spending all this time in France I don’t think I’ll ever go back to non-French croissants (that’d basically be like cheating!). After Paulig we went to Johan & Nyström and the latte was delicious, the shop was rustic and pretty but somehow I got this vibe that I’m not cool enough for them if you know what I mean? I’m laughing at myself while writing this but sometimes some places just feel so cool, almost too cool and then you just end up feeling very self conscious about yourself and wonder if maybe I should’ve ordered something more hip and definitely not asked for that caramel syrup! But trust me, I’m pretty sure this is all in my head.

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Some of the pretty old buildings that you can find all around Helsinki (seriously though, like almost every where you look).

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Me and my little sister had breakfast one morning in Kahvila Blossom and we absolutely fell head over heels in love with the place! This adorable coffee shop is located in Punavuori and they offer these amazing smoothie bowls (can you believe it’s 2018 and I actually had my first ever smoothie bowl here!) and sandwiches, and the coffee comes from small roasteries. Also, the owner is such a sweet and kind woman and even though it was our first time visiting the shop it felt like we’d been there a hundred times before!

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Walking back from Punavuori we passed by Bulevardi (left) which is a long, boulevard like street with lots of historical buildings and beautiful parks! The picture on the right is from the Market Square that’s located close to the Helsinki Cathedral and the Senate Square. Here you can see the cruisers that operate between Helsinki and Stockholm, have your ice cream stolen by angry seagulls if you’re not careful and enjoy the amazing Finnish archipelago!

So if you ever have a chance to visit Helsinki, do it! Seriously, just do it. If you need more convincing you should know that Helsinki is also really close to cities like Stockholm and Tallinn, so if you end up in Helsinki you can visit other amazing places and countries as well!

xx, Kati

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