Latvian Mittens Pattern


Latvia is a part of Eastern Europe that borders the Baltic Sea. Mittens played an important role in traditional Latvian society, and continue to be admired for their beauty today.


Mittens played an important role in the marriage rites of traditional Latvian households. Mittens and socks, knitted by a young woman, were given to her suitor when the couple became engaged. Mittens were given to the minister, those who helped to put on the food for the wedding, the special patrons for the bride and groom, and the carriage driver. The bride and groom would wear especially embellished mittens for the ceremony. After the wedding, the entire family would gather around the dowry chest and the bride would give out mittens and other knitted garments to her in-laws.

Featured Techniques:  scalloped cuff, knitted fringe, the herringbone braid, the afterthought thumb, traditional tip shaping, working with three yarns

Size: Adult Medium: 8″ circumference


  • Yarn: Four colors worsted weight WOOL yarn (Washable wool and synthetics will not hold the fringe.) 3 oz. Main Color (MC) purple, 2 oz. each yellow (CC1), red (CC2), and green (CC3).
  • Needles: One set size US size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles. Those who prefer working with two circular needles or magic loop can bring the appropriate needles. Optional: a circular ndl of any length or size to even out the fringe.
  • Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn