A Swedish Dubbelmossa

My obsession with stranded knitting continues....

A bit of explanation on this item: My understanding is that a dubbelmossa is a style of Swedish hat. It is knit up patterned from a provisional cast on, and then knit the other direction in single color. The single color is then pushed inside to make a lining.

It can be worn just like that, making a long stocking cap. However, if you push the lining all the way in to the top, you can then fold it up to make something closer to a beanie... but with four layers of knitting (three stranded) over the ears! (The attachment shows what it looks like folded.)

Due to the pressures of getting gifts made, I really pushed myself to get this one done. It was right around 9 days of knitting start to finish. (It probably should have been less, but I got very bored doing the lining.)

The pattern was designed by Meg Swansen, and it came with a dvd. Now that I've done one I can see where it would be very easy to put in other motifs.

One of the exciting things about this project was that it taught me a lot about dealing with jogs. There are several methods that Meg discusses in the video that just didn't make sense until I started doing the project. I can't say that my jogs are as completely invisible as hers, but I also think that they are difficult to find unless you know what to look for.

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Asbjörn's picture

Yes it's Swedish, dubbel (meaning double) and mössa (meaning cap). And you've done a beautiful job. I saw this DVD advertized, alas, yet one more thing to add to my wish list, (I wish my cash flow would start keeping up with it).


Celowin's picture

Thank you for both the compliment and the clarification. I had guessed the meaning of "dubbel," but had no idea what "mossa" was.

As for the DVD, you can give it a low priority on your wish list. I certainly enjoyed it, but since I know you're just starting your knitting library, there are more important things that you should invest in first.

Kerry's picture

Patrick, you've done a beautiful job as ever.

Celowin's picture

Thanks, Kerry. Actually, it makes me blush that I'm becoming enough of a presence around here to warrant "as ever."

albert's picture

It's gorgeous. I am becoming intrigued with stranded knitting with 2 to three colors max vs. many colors ala Fassett or Fair Isle. There is such an elegance and classical feel about it. I will have to knit up a double hat- walking my dog recently I am freezing my ears off.

Celowin's picture

I have to say, the person sitting in front of me in church this morning had on a truly fabulous jumper knit in three colors... black, white, and green, using traditional Fair Isle patterns. I couldn't stop staring at it, and if I had a pad of graph paper with me I probably would have started charting it out (which wouldn't make the priest happy).

I like the gradations of using more colors, but I also appreciate the more complicated patterns that can be done with just a few colors.

Asplund's picture

Vacker! ("Beautiful" in Swedish)


Celowin's picture

Tack så mycket. I must say, it is very encouraging that you and Asbjorn are admiring this. It is always a bit intimidating showing work to people who know what it is actually supposed to look like.

Fantastic! It is amazing that when you work with something (yarns and knitting), you really learn to appreciate the beauty of a creation like yours.

Celowin's picture

Yes, I notice that I admire knitted objects that other people wear much more than before I started knitting. At the same time, I sometimes get into an analytic mode, mentally deconstructing a piece of knitting instead of seeing the beauty as a whole.

ronhuber's picture

you did a beautiful job, Patrick. I appreciate beautiful winter objects to wear and yours is a work of art.

Celowin's picture

Thank you, Ron. This one is going to be a gift, but I'd like to eventually make one for myself as well. It is low priority, though, since I don't know if I'd ever have a chance to wear it. While it gets colder here in Arizona than some people realize, something this warm would definitely be overkill.

RareSteek's picture

That is beautiful, Patrick. The work you guys do amazes me. Where does one get the video and what is it called? What is the gauge of this? It looks almost like fingering yarn, or is it deceptive in the pic?



Celowin's picture

The dvd is titled "A Swedish Dubbelmossa & Scarf (with Meg Swansen)" and is published by Schoolhouse Press. I bought it at the closest thing I have to a LYS (though it is not really local, and not really a yarn store), but it is available both at amazon.com or directly through Schoolhouse Press.

It was a sport weight yarn, knit at around 6 stitches to the inch.

scubasinger's picture

Thanks for the Amazon link. I just ordered the dvd plus her Fair Isle Vest dvd. Looks fascinating and I've wanted to try stranded knitting for a while now.

BuduR's picture

Gorgeous! I need courses in speed knitting! there is soooo much I want to try!

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Celowin's picture

I know the feeling. I'm not a fast knitter, but a dedicated one. Since I usually only have one project going at a time, I can get through something more quickly than someone dividing their attention between multiple WIPs. On the downside, when I get to a boring section (like the lining on this), I'm more likely to just take a break from knitting altogether.

kiwiknitter's picture

Jogs or no jogs, it's beautiful (as usual)! You are fast becoming the stranded knitting guru of MWK! I have seen these hats folded up and never realised that it was actually a long stocking hat. Thanks for sharing.

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Celowin's picture

I think I have a long way to go before I can claim the "guru" title, but I'm going to keep working on it. I probably should cast on today for those Norwegian mittens I've been wanting to make....

gardenerstitch's picture

Beautiful work! I'd like to get into working on some stranded knitting. However, most people advise to use combination knitting. I'm an "English" style knitter and I cannot seem to do "Continental" style at all.

I am an English, and English style, knitter and doing stranded work is quite easy. You just need to practise on a small swatch until you feel comfortable. Give it a go.

Celowin's picture

I have two responses to this:

I was in the same boat when I started stranded knitting. I had done less than five stitches of Continental style, and they felt completely wrong. Luckily, the standard way of doing stranded knitting uses a simplified Continental for the left hand. I was able to pick it up (pun somewhat intended) very quickly.

Also, there are other ways of holding two colors of yarn, including ways of holding both in the right hand. I didn't care for those ways, but each person is different, and it could be that such a method will feel more natural to you. You might also try a yarn guide (Andy did a nice YouTube video demonstrating one, though he was using it Continental style).

MasonM's picture

That's quite impressive. Way beyond my current skill level.


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Celowin's picture

Actually, I bet you could do it if you wanted. It takes a bit to getting used to working with two colors of yarn, but other than that there is nothing difficult about the dubbelmossa. Every stitch is either a knit, or a knit two together. I guess it takes some doing to read a pattern, but that isn't difficult either. Honestly, I think the socks you have knitted take much more in the way of technique than this.

It was for a different craft, but someone gave me the best advice ever. The quote is approximate, but it was something like this: "The most important thing is self confidence. You need to look at something and tell yourself, 'I could do that.' If you truly believe in yourself, then you'll find yourself able to do all sorts of projects."