Saami-Inspired Mittens

I saw a pair of mittens similar to these in the National Museum in Helsinki, Finland. Learn the special details of mitten construction of the nomadic Saami peoples, by knitting a mitten in multiple colors, circularly on double pointed needles. Make a three  color braided  cast-on, create  the classic  afterthought  thumb (without  a gusset) and  work different  bands of patterning  for the  front and palm,  and the pointed tip shaping at the end of the mitten. Some of the motifs will require three yarns to be worked within one round. A simple finger braiding technique will be demonstrated for the traditional cord. Handling multiple yarns and designing will be discussed.

Time: 6 hours

Level: Advanced (must be proficient with dp needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars)

Supply List

  • For Adult Sized pair: 2 oz each of 4 colors of worsted weight yarn (traditional colors are white, red, yellow, green and/or blue.)
  • One set of dp needles each US sizes 6 or 7 (4.0 or 4.5 mm) Approximate gauge is 24 sts and 28 rnds/4 inches or 10 cm.
  • Tapestry needle, stitch markers, sticky notes or magnetic board for reading the charts, Optional:  point protectors and an extra dp needle, any size