Mittens Around the World

From Left: Maine Mitten, Twined Fingerless Mitt, Norwegian Mitten, Latvia Fingerless Mitt, Saami Mitten




This is an in-depth class which covers five different mittens (one per day) from several countries.

The Latvian Fingerless mitt introduces scalloped edging, knitted braids with variations, and working with several colors. The Maine (US) mitten involves two-color motifs and unusual shaping techniques for maintaining the pattern repeats. The Norwegian (Selbu) mitten is made working with two yarns at a time, a variety of motifs, traditional thumb with gusset and tip construction, as well as variations. The Saami Mitten, worn by the indigenous peoples of Scandinavia, features a three color braided cast-on, traditional motifs using 2 and 3 colors within one round, the gusset less thumb, and finger braiding for the ties. The Swedish twined mittens are made of a special knitting technique which is hundreds of years old. Using two yarns of the same color, a very warm and dense mitten can be made, by spiraling the yarns around each other. Traditional shaping, motifs, and cast-ons will also be taught. Other mittens from my class offerings may be substituted.  Students have the option of concentrating on one or more of the mittens.  There is no pressure to work an entire mitten each day.