Unique Latvian Cuffs

The Latvians have created exquisite and diverse cuff treatments for their beautiful mittens. We will explore three types of knitted cuffs in class to learn some of these unique techniques: a scalloped cuff with garter stitch, the twisted garter edge, and biased “ribbing”.

Students can then complete the samplers as wristers outside of class, or choose to create mittens from the cuffs.   Information about Latvian mittens will be discussed: the history of Latvia mitten knitting, other design details used such as braids, the waste-yarn (“afterthought” thumb), and pointed-tip shaping, if time allows.

Sizes: Adult Small to Medium (7″-8″ wrist), Adult Medium to Large (8″-9″ wrist).


Length: 3 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with DP needles)

Supply List


  • 2 oz each of 3 colors of worsted weight yarn. Wool is best. Please don’t choose synthetics or superwash wool–they are too slippery.
  • One set of size 4.0mm/US 6 dpn, 15 to 20 cm/6 to 8″ long. (If you prefer working with Magic Loop or two circulars, please bring the appropriate needles.)
  • Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn for saving sample, as we go to the next sample.