Saami-Inspired Mittens Pattern


Experienced.  The Saami people live in the northern most areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia and are the nomadic indigenous people of Scandinavia. Their folk costumes are made of bright colors and their knitted mittens, worn on special occasions, follow this tradition.


I have designed these mittens based on elements I have observed from different Saami mittens I have seen in museums. These mittens begin with a traditional three-color braided cast-on and are worked in bands of patterning made of 2 and 3 colors within a round. The thumb is without a gusset and the tip is made pointed in the classic way. The pattern includes how-to photos for the cast-on and for opening the thumb hole as well as charts.  You can also check my Tutorials on this website for a video of the Braided Cast-On.

Featured Techniques: Braided Cast-On, Afterthought (Peasant) Thumb, Working with Three Yarns, Finger Braided Cord

Sizes: Medium Child (Medium Adult, Large Adult

Circumference/Length: 6″/9″ (7.5″/11″, 9″/12″)

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• Yarn: Rauma Finullgarn (50 g/ 175 m): 1 skein each of Red, Green or Blue, White, and Gold.

• Needles: 1 set double-pointed needles US size 1 (2.25 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.  Optional: 1 set dpns US size 2 (2.75 mm) for sections using 3 colors.

• Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn