When fall and winter are about to arrive and nature explodes in red, yellow, orange and gold it is time to pull out your yarn and your knitting needles and stock up your supply of hats, comforters and last but not least - mittens. And inspired by the architecture of Stockholm city these Stockholm mittens were designed.
These two-color mittens where loops are created on the inside with each color change, a layer-upon-layer effect is created where warm air is kept in the small, natural pockets made by the loops, making it warm and cozy even on the coldest of days. Also, a knitted wool mitten will not get cold as fast when wet as a mitten of fabric when wet. These mittens are also washable on the wool program of your washing machine – just remember that they need to air-dry! No dryers etc.
The story behind the design: On the cuff there are four stripes of varying length in the color of the pattern; one, four, three and then six rows each. These stripes correspond to the number 1436, which is the year Stockholm got its urban privilege. Just above the cuff on the mittens upside is the Western Bridge, reaching from Södermalm to Långholmen and Riddarfjärden, and to Marieberg on Kungsholmen.
Above the Western Bridge on the left of the mitten is the 106 meter tower of Stockholm City Hall, with its balcony and clock tower, and on the top the three crowns. On the right side you’ll find the tower of Riddarholmen church. Riddarholmen church is the burial church of the Swedish monarchs, and the only preserved medieval abbey in Stockholm. It was consecrated around year 1300.
On the backside of the mitten is the pattern of the lower part of Sergel’s Square, covering the palm, as it covers the square, colloquially referred to as “Plattan” – “The Slab”. After some debate the square was called ‘Sergel’s Square’ and thereby named after the 18th century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, as suggested by Evert Taube, Sweden’s foremost troubadour in the 20th century. At the top of the palm is the Ericsson Globe, colloquially called ’Globen’ – ’The Globe’. It is the world’s largest spherical building and among other things Sweden’s national hockey arena. And last, but not least, on the thumb you’ll find the Kaknäs tower. The tower is 155m high and has 34 floors, and holds the highest restaurant and café in Stockholm. When the weather is clear you can see approximately 60 kilometers of Stockholm and its surroundings from this point.