Wool is excellent. It isolates against cold and heat, and it doesn’t melt nor burn easily. That’s why an oven-glove in wool is probably the best ever.

SPISA is a stash buster, and the perfect gift. And it’s very very quick to knit. You don’t have to think about gauge or fit. You take your largest needles and mix all kind of yarn that you can find laying around. BUT IT HAS TO BE 100% WOOL. Don’t EVER use any synthetic fibre since it can melt and cause severe burns.

The name

“Oven” in Swedish is “spis”. However the word SPISA is an old-fashioned word that means to eat a meal. And when rock n roll music was young, listening to music could also be called to “spisa” music.

The SPISA oven-glove is of course meant to be used when cooking meals to “spisa”. But SPISA also “eats” all your left over yarn, and that’s like listening to good music.


This oven-glove is knitted top down. It starts the same way as HWILA.

You knit SPISA in a loose gauge, really big, and then you felt it in a washing machine. I suggest that you start at 40 degrees normal or short cycle. If it doesn’t felt enough wash it again.

For this to succeed you need to knit with 100% wool, and not superwashed wool. I find that unspun yarn felt more evenly.

This recipe will only describe stockinette and garter, but you can make colour-work, cables or texture. Why not do embroidery?


  • K = knit
  • St = stitch
  • Kfb = knit front back (increase 1 st)
  • K2tog = knit 2 together
  • SSK = slip slip knit (decrease 1 st)


I have used 3 strands of Nutiden yarn and needles 6,5 mm. I will give you my numbers of stitches and measurements.

Cast on an even number of stitches using Judy’s magic cast-on and magic loop. I casted on 8 + 8 stitches.

Make increases for the top every second round.
Row 1: Kfb, knit until 2 stitches left, kfb, k1. Turn. Do the same on this side.
Row 2: Knit

Repeat row 1 and 2 until the top is wide enough. I increased to a total of 44 stitches.

It you need a tutorial watch HWILA sock episode 1.


Continue knitting until the work is about 20 cm.

Knit the length of your hand

Now you will prepare for the afterthought thumb.

Knit 3 stitches. Take a scrap yarn and knit until there are 3 stitches left. Put the stitches back on the left needle. Continue knitting with the ordinary yarn.

Prepare for the afterthought thumb

Knit another 5 cm. Change so thinner needles and finish the hand with 10-20 rounds of garter. Bind off with an elastic method. Crochet a loop if you want to.


Pick up stitches on both side of the scrap yarn. Remove the scrap yarn. Pick up some extra stitches to close any gaps. Arrange the stitches evenly on your needles. I ended up with 18+18 stitches.

Pick up stitches on both sides of the scrap yarn.

Knit about 5 cm or the length of your thumb.

Knit the thumb to the length of your thumb.

Start decreasing for the top of the thumb.
Row 1: K1, ssk, knit until 3 st left, k2tog, k1. Do the same on the other side of the thumb. Total of 4 decreases.
Row 2: Knit

Continue decreasing until you have 6+6 stitches left. Now you will close the top of the thumb. For this you have three alternatives.

1. Continue decreasing two more rounds and then pull the yarn through the remaining stitches.

2. Graft using kitcheners stitch.

3. Graft using Russian grafting. This is what I prefer.

Ready to be felted.


It’s both exciting and terrifying to throw the glove in the washing machine. But for this recipe there are not risks since you want it to felt as much as possible. So if you never felted before this is a perfect opportunity to try this out. You can’t actually go wrong.

Since washing machines are different you will have to learn your machine and how it behaves when it comes to felting. But you want it to have a lot of movement, since that, together with the temperature, is what cause felting.

I just put my SPISA in the washing machine together with some other garments that needed to be washed. I used my ordinary detergent, and a normal 40 degrees cycle program.

Before and after felting. Form the SPISA quiet aggressive directly after taking it out of the washing machine.

Time to SPISA!

I hope that you will try this recipe. Please leave a comment, and don’t forget to share your SPISA using #missevilspisa or #spisainutiden


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