Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class.  Knit one of a pair of fingerless mitts to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid, and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of two- or three-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the glove as well as the gussetless thumb and a picot edge at the end.  Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or holding a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids. The handout includes two sizes of mitts.


6 hours


Intermediate (must be proficient with double-pointed needles, magic loop, or two circulars)


Gauge: 6 sts/ inch

Woman’s Medium (7-8″ circumference of hand above the thumb)

Woman’s Large (8-9″ circumference of hand above the thumb)

Supply List

  • 1.75 oz. each of 5 colors of sport-weight yarn.  DK can be used if sport is not available. (Choose a solid-colored, smooth textured, crisp yarn for best results)
  • One set of  3.5 mm (US 4) double-pointed needles.  If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circs, bring the appropriate needles.
  • Tapestry needle and stitch markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the text or chart.  



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