Jeg elsker tegnefilm, som barn især Disneys lange tegnefilm, men som voksen har jeg derudover tilegnet mig en kraftig kærlighed for Hayao Miyazakis skønne og underfundige tegnefilm. En af mine absolutte favoritter er “Min nabo Totoro”, så da jeg så Norwegian Totoro Mittens opskriften på Ravelry for et par år siden røg den straks i min kø.

I love animated movies, as a child especially the ones by Disney, but as an adult I’ve grown to have a strong love for the quirky and whimsical ones by Hayao Miyazaki. One of my absolute favorites is “My neighbour Totoro”, which of course led to me queing the pattern for the Norwegian Totoro Mittens as soon as I saw them on Ravelry a couple of years back.

Der har opskriften så befundet sig i et godt stykke tid, muligvis et par år, men i anledning af Malabrigo March hos gruppen Malabrigo Junkies på Ravelry fandt jeg garn og opskrift frem og gik i gang. Jeg elsker flerfarvestrik med malabrigo worsted, og når mønsteret så ovenikøbet er så kært tager det ikke sælig lang tid af strikke sådan et par luffer.

The pattern has sat in the que for a while now, perhaps a couple of years, but when Malabrigo March came around again at the Malabrigo Junkies group in Ravelry, I dug out both yarn and pattern and started. I love colourwork in malabrigo worsted, and when the pattern is this cute it doesn’t take long to knit such a pair of mittens.

  • Maltoro (Ravelry project)
  • Opskrift/Pattern: Norwegian Totoro Mittens by Brella (Raverly link)
  • Garn/Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted col. Azul Profundo + Natural, 82 g
  • Pinde/Needles: 4 mm

Det er ikke verdens nemmeste flerfarvestrik, for der er meget lange stykker med samme farve, hvor man så skal væve trådene ind på bagsiden. Men resultatet er fantastisk og meget, meget kært. Jeg valgte at strikke tomlerne helt i bundfarven og så bagefter brodere den lille Totoro på i maskesting. Det syntes jeg gav et bedre resultat (og det var nemmere). Lufferne er desværre for små til mig, hvilket jeg havde på fornemmelsen allerede fra start af, men så må de jo bare ryge i gavekassen, for der skal nok være nogen, der vil synes om at få sådan et par.

It isn’t the worlds easiest colourwork project, as there are very long stretches of a single colour resulting in long floats that needs to be secured on the wrong side as you go. But the result is fantastic and very, very cute. I chose to knit the thumbs completely in the main colour and then make the small Totoro by embroidering it in duplicate stitches. I like the result better than the first attempt with the stranded thumbs (it was also easier). The mittens are unfortunately too small to fit me. I sort of knew it from the beginning, but I still really wanted to make them. After all they will do well as a present for someone sometime in the future.

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