Saddle your dreams before you ride ‘em  *

Picture this: the windswept landscapes of the island of Texel, where sheep graze amidst rolling dunes.

In the Netherlands, over a million kilograms of wool go to waste each year. But with Daphne, a shepherdess, and the support of the Knit on Texel retreat 2024, we set out to change that. Through experimentation and collaboration, we crafted a unique, locally sourced yarn that pays homage to Texel’s heritage.

Enter the Link Mitts: a tribute to ‘Vrolijk Garen’ (cheerful yarn) and a symbol of sustainable fashion. While designed to showcase this special yarn, these mitts are versatile enough to embrace any fiber, inviting knitters everywhere to join us in a celebration of craftsmanship and community. Whether it’s Vrolijk Garen or your favorite yarn, the Link Mitts promise warmth, style, and a connection to a story of resilience and innovation.

These mitts are knit in the round from cuff to fingers.

1 [2, 3]
Fits hand circumference 17.5 [19.5, 21.5] cm / 7.5 [7.75, 8.5]”
Length 20 (21, 22) cm / 7.5 [8.25, 8.75]”

Sample is shown in size 2.

Blend No 1, by Vrolijk Garen, 100 % wool, 250 m / 273 yards per 100gr.
Approx 100 [115, 125] m / 110 [126, 138] yards.

When substituting for a more commercially available yarn, it’s advisable to choose a sport weight yarn.

Needle A (for the mitten)
A (set of) needle(s) for working small circumferences in the round in size needed to obtain gauge listed.
Suggested needle size: 3 mm / US #2.5.
Needle B (for the bind off)
A short DPN or circular needle.
Suggested needle size 2.75 mm / US #2.

Measured after blocking.

Dotted Stockinette Stitch on Needle A: 24 sts x 40 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.


* Mary Webb