Gansey Style Accessories: Humber Star Mittens

The Humber Star was a popular feature on some of the ganseys worn on the inland waterways of England in the nineteenth century. In Gansey Style Accessories Beth Brown-Reinsel pays homage to this iconic motif with the Humber Star Mittens, while using the classic Norwegian Selbu Mittens as a template.

Gansey Style Accessories

Rather than using the two colors that are traditional for knitting Norwegian mittens, these cuff-down mittens are knit using a single color, and utilize knits and purls to create the Norwegian-inspired textured star design instead. The classic pointed fingertip design is made by using traditional Norwegian style decreases, and the Humber Star Mittens also include a three-stitch faux seam pattern on either side. The result is a timeless looking mitten with Norwegian inspired flare.


Pattern Details

Finished Size
Woman’s Small (Woman’s Large/Man’s Medium, Man’s Large).
Hand circumference: 7½ (8½, 9½)” (19 [21.5, 24] cm).
Length: 8½ (10½, 11¾)” (21.5 [26.5, 30] cm).
Sample shown measures 8½” (21.5 cm) hand circumference.

Yarn
#2 Sportweight: 205 (286, 363) yds (187 [262, 332] m).
Shown here: Sincere Sheep Cormo Sport (100% wool; 400 yds [366 m]/4 oz [113 g]): Deepest Desire, 1 (1, 1) skein.

Needles
Size US 1½ (2.5 mm): set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Notions
Stitch markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge
30 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.


All photos by David Baum.


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