These gorgeous wool mittens are from Swedish designer Åse Öjbro, founder of Öjbro Vantfabrik. Using Italian merino wool, Åse has created mittens with patterns inspired by Sweden.
Each pair of mittens has four layers of insulation to trap air and keep the wearer's hands warm. These mittens are wind resistant and washable in a wool setting. They need to be put around your hands while wet to allow for shaping.
While medium, or lagom, size fits most hands, other sizes include small (mindre) and large (rejäl). Medium size corresponds with glove size 7-9; small corresponds with size 6; & large corresponds with size 10-11.
Fästfolk mittens come with an optional forget-me-knot string.
Every pattern has a story:
An engagement is a confession that a relationship is heading toward marriage or a registered partnership. After one partner has proposed to the other, and the other has answered yes, the couple is engaged until the wedding ceremony has been completed. When the couple has engaged, the couple often begins being called fiancés. These couples were often called "Fästfolk" in Sweden. Getting engaged is something we humans have been doing for a long time. The Elsie & Erik pattern has been dyed in warm colors.
From the designer: "I want to honor the unity and capture the wonderful feeling of being two. When you love, give all you have. And when you have met your limit, you give more and don't forget how painful it is. For when it ends, it's only the love you have given and received that counts. Your partner has chosen to share their life with you, you give your days to each other. I dedicate this pattern to all current and future couples. Long live unity."