Color Twined Mittens

Course Description:

Learn the fascinating Swedish technique of Color Tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting, a technique developed in Sweden in the 1600s, which creates a denser, warmer fabric structure than stranded knitting. Working in the round, students will knit one of a pair of mittens (choose from three sizes) to learn the three different techniques of working with color while twined knitting, twined purling, yarn management, reading a chart, the twined knitted increase, traditional motifs, and the Half-Braid.

Length: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable with double pointed needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars. Ability to knit English style is very helpful, but not required.

Supply List :

  • Yarn: No single ply yarns! Two colors, each 3 oz. of worsted weight yarn for two mitts. Yarn MUST be wound into a center pull ball.  Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns. Four ply yarns show the best.
  • Needles: One set of 7″ long (or shorter) double pointed needles, size US 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4mm) (If you are proficient with Magic Loop or two circulars, you may bring the appropriate needles.)
  • Extras: Tapestry needle and stitch markers, waste yarn for holding stitches, magnetic board or sticky notes for keeping one’s place on the chart.

Homework: The two colors of yarn MUST be wound into a center pull ball (one color on top of the other color) with the two ends accessible before class: first wind half the skein of one color onto your ball winder, then wind half the skein of your other color on to the ball winder.

Aran Mittens

Length: 6 hours

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

Learn to read Aran cable charts and work a medallion that is comprised of 10 different cable movements.  This mitten will give you practice in various cabling techniques, combining knits, purls, and ribbing, while producing a handsome and elegant mitten.  Create a thumb gusset surrounded by cables, and learn about designing mittens as well.

Size: Medium to Large Woman’s Hand or Small to Medium Man’s Hand

Supply List

  • Approximately 220 yards of sport or DK weight yarn and one set of dp needles US size 4 and 5/ 3.5mm and 3.75mm
  • Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holder, sticky notes or magnetic board for reading the charts

Homework

Make a gauge swatch to achieve 22 sts/4 inches in St st.  Then, knit the cuff:

With smaller dpn, cast on 48 sts, join circularly, place marker.
Rnds 1, 2, 3: *K2, p1; rep from *.
Rnd 4: *K2, p1, C2B, p1; rep from *.
Repeat these four rnds 4 more times.  (Total: 20 rounds.)
NOTE: C2B: K2tog, knit first stitch again.

Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Time: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)

Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class.  Knit one of a pair of fingerless mitts to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of two- or three-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the glove as well as the gussetless thumb and a picot edge at the end.  Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids.


Supply List

  • 2 oz. each of 5 colors of DK yarn. (Choose a solid-colored, smooth textured, crisp yarn for best results)
  • One set of  3.5 mm double pointed needles.  If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circs, bring the appropriate needles.
  • Tapestry needle and st markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the text or chart.  
  • If you have a large hand, bring 5 colors of worsted weight yarn and size 4.0 mm dpn.

Homework

None   

Saami Mittens

Time: 6 hours

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

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.


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

Homework

None.

Introduction to Twined Knitting

Time: 3 hours

Level: Intermediate–must be comfortable with dp needles or working with two circulars.  Ability to knit English style (yarn held in the right hand) is very helpful, but not required.

Curious about the 400 year-old Swedish technique of Twined Knitting?  In this three hour class, knit one of a pair of wristers while learning a traditional cast-on, twined knitting, twined purling, and patterning (the “O” stitch, the Crook stitch).   Learn how to manage your yarns so that untwisting becomes a cinch!  Reading Twined Knitting charts is also included.

The typical gauge for traditional twined knitting is high, usually 8 stitches to the inch or more. I teach a lot of twined knitting classes and have found that students meet with better success and less frustration initially if they begin with a lower gauge.


Supply List

  • One skein of worsted weight wool yarn, preferably light colored.  The skein must be wound as a center-pull ball because you will be working with both ends.  No single ply yarns!
  • One set of size 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) double pointed needles or two circulars of any length.
  • Stitch markers, sticky notes or a magnetic board to keep one’s place on the chart.

Homework

Wind your yarn into a center pull ball if it is not already a pull-skein.  Find both ends of the ball before class.

Mittens Around the World

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.

Latvian Mittens

Maine Mitten

Norwegian MIttens

Swedish Twined Fingerless Mitts

Textured Twined Fingerless Mitts

Time: 6 to 9  hours

Level: Intermediate.  Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars.  Ability to knit English style is very helpful, but not required.

Learn the fascinating Swedish technique of Tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting by creating one of a pair of fingerless mitts.  Working in the round, the techniques covered include: twine knitting, twine purling, the crook stitch, the “O” stitch, reading a chart, and the Chain Path, the twined knitted increase, an asymmetrical thumb gusset, and traditional motifs.  The Herringbone Braid is an optional addition.

The typical gauge for traditional twined knitting is high, usually 8 stitches to the inch or more. I teach a lot of twined knitting classes and have found that students meet with better success and less frustration initially if they begin with a lower gauge.


Supply List

  • Yarn- No single ply yarns!
    Around 4 oz. light colored worsted weight yarn for two mitts.  Yarn MUST be wound into a center pull ball. 1 oz. contrasting yarn of the same weight.  Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns.  Four ply yarns show the textures best.
  • Needles:
    One set of 7″ long (approximately) double pointed needles, US size 6 (4 mm)
  • Extras: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn for holding stitches, magnetic board or sticky notes for keeping one’s place on the chart.

Homework

Main color yarn MUST be wound into a center pull ball with the two ends accessible before class.

Twined Mittens

Time: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate

Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars.  Ability to knit English style is very helpful, but not required.

Students will learn the Swedish technique of tvåänstickning, or twined knitting, by knitting a small mitten using worsted weight yarn. The mitten is worked circularly on double pointed needles and includes many techniques: three twined knitting cast-ons, reading and working from a chart, the “O” stitch, Chain Path, Purl Deep Stitch, a spiraled thumb gusset, a traditional motif for the front of the mitten, and a choice of tip shapings at the end of the mitten. Designing will be discussed briefly as well.


Supply List

  • Yarn: No single ply yarns!  Around 2-3 oz. light colored worsted weight yarn for one mitten.  Yarn MUST be wound into a center pull ball.   Also, 1 oz. contrasting yarn of the same weight
  • Needles: One set of 7″ long (or shorter) double pointed needles, size 4mm (US 6)
  • Extras: Tapestry needle and st markers, waste yarn for holding stitches, magnetic board or sticky notes notes for keeping one’s place on the chart.

Homework

Yarn must be wound into a center pull ball and the two ends must be accessible before class.

Color Twined Fingerless Mitts

Time: 6 hours

Level:  Intermediate (Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars or Magic Loop.  Ability to knit English style is strongly suggested)

Students will learn the color techniques of tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting, a technique developed in Sweden in the 1600s, which creates a denser, warmer fabric structure than stranded knitting.  By knitting one of a pair of Fingerless Mittens, the student will gain knowledge and experience in the basics of twined knitting, while advancing to the three main two-color techniques: working with two and three yarns for color, and a modified intarsia technique as well as yarn management,  twined knitting, twined purling, herringbone braid, and reading twined knitting charts.

The typical gauge for traditional twined knitting is high, usually 8 stitches to the inch or more. I teach a lot of twined knitting classes and have found that students meet with better success and less frustration initially if they begin with a lower gauge.


Supply List

  • Yarn- No single ply yarns!
    2 oz worsted weight yarn in each of two contrasting colors (must be wound as ONE center-pull ball—see below.
  • Needles:
    One set of 7″ long (approximately) double pointed needles, size 6 (4mm)
  • Extras: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn for holding stitches, magnetic board or sticky notes for keeping one’s place on the chart.

Homework

Yarn must be wound as ONE center-pull ball:  wind one color, then wind the second color on top of the first so you have access to the inner yarn in the center and the outer yarn.  Find both ends before class.

 

Norwegian Mittens

Time: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)

Students will learn Norwegian mitten construction, knitting a mitten in two colors on double pointed needles. Techniques to be covered include the striped, ribbed cuff, the Norwegian thumb gusset, seam stitches, different patterning for the front and palm, and the pointed tip shaping at the end of the mitten. Designing will be discussed as well as several options in thumb construction.


Supply List

  • For Adult Size: 3 oz each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn and one set each of dp needles size 4 (3.5mm) for ribbing, and 6 OR 7 (4.0-4.5mm) for mitten body.
  • For Large Child Size:  3 oz. each of 2 colors of DK weight yarn and one set each of dp needles size 3 (3.25mm) for ribbing, and 4 or 5 (3.5-3.75mm) for mitten body.
  • Tapestry needle, stitch markers, sticky notes or magnetic board for reading the charts.

Homework

The Cuff:  Cast on 40 sts with main color.  Join and work k2, p2 ribbing for 10 rounds.  Leave on needles, do not break yarn.  The remainder of the cuff will be worked in class.

 

Maine Thrummed Mittens

Time: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)

Students will learn about Maine mitten construction by knitting a child sized mitten in two colors, circularly on double pointed needles. Techniques to be covered include options for the cuff (stockinette stitch patterning, corrugated ribbing, k3, p1 ribbing), developing the thumb gusset by increasing in full pattern multiples, traditional motifs, and tip shaping at the end of the mitten which maintains the patterning.

View inside of thrummed mitt


Supply List

(for a pair of mittens)

  • 3 oz. of worsted weight yarn, 2 colors.
  • One set each of size 2 and 4 (2.75 mm and 3.5 mm) double pointed needles (7″ long or shorter) or whatever circular needle you feel comfortable with.
  • Tapestry needle

Homework

(Cuff):

With size 2 needles, cast on 40 stitches with D yarn and join, being careful not to twist. Glossary:  D:  dark yarn,  L:  light yarn

Choose from one of the following three options.

  • K3, P1 Ribbing- in one color

All rounds:  *K3, p1, rep from *.  Work for 2″.

  • K2L, K2D Ribbing- st st in 2 colors

Join L yarn.  All rounds:  *K2L, k2D, rep from *.  Work even for 2″.

  • K2L, P2D Ribbing- corrugated ribbing

Join L yarn.  All rounds:  *K2L, p2D, rep from *.  Work for 2″.

Swedish Lovikka Mittens

Time: 6 hours

Level: Advanced Beginner  (must be proficient with dp needles)

Students will learn construction of the very special, but quick and easy, Lovikka mitten by knitting one circularly on double pointed needles. Techniques to be covered include the inside out cuff, a thumb without a gusset, fulling the mitten and brushing the nap, and different embroidery patterns for the cuff.


Supply List

(for one mitten)

  • 1 skein heavy (and hairy) worsted weight wool yarn and scraps of other colors.
  • One set of US size 10.5 or 11 (7mm to 8mm) double pointed needles (8″ long or shorter)
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, and st markers
  • A towel and/or plastic bag, a small dishpan, wool wash (Eucalan, etc.)
  • A swatch knitted with two strands of yarn in Stockinette stitch about 4” x 4”.  Although gauge doesn’t need to be precise, try to approximate 4 to 3.5 sts/inch.  We will use this to practice the embroidery patterns.

Homework

None.

Spring Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Length: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)

Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class.  Knit one of a pair of fingerless mitts to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the Herringbone Braid or a lovely variation (the Split Herringbone Braid), a choice of two-, three-, or four-color traditional motifs,  the gussetless thumb, and a picot edge at the end.  Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three or four colors and yarn dominance.

Supply List

•    2 oz. each of 5 colors of sport or DK yarn in cotton or wool. (Choose a solid-colored, smooth textured, crisp yarn for best results)  If you have a large hand, you can work with worsted weight yarn and 4.0 mm needles.

•    One set  3.5 mm double pointed needles.  If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circs, bring the appropriate needles.

•    Tapestry needle and st markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in

reading the text or chart.

Homework

None.

COMING SOON:  Buy the kit from Etsy (includes yarn and pattern):
Spring Latvian Fingerless Mitts Kit

Latvian Mittens

Time: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)

The beautiful mittens of Latvia will be studied in this class and an adult mitten will be knitted to learn the following techniques: A fringed and scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid, the waste-yarn thumb, and round tip shaping.  A variety of traditional motifs (choice of  two or three colors in a round) are incorporated in the main body of the mitten, and reading from the chart will be covered.  Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand and working with three yarns in a round.


Supply List

•     2 oz. each of 4 colors of  worsted weight yarn.  Wool is best to hold the fringe.  Please don’t choose synthetics or superwash wool—they are too slippery.

•     One set of size 4 mm (US 6) double pointed needles (7″ long)

•    Tapestry needle and st markers, waste yarn, sticky notes or

magnetic board to aid in reading the chart.

Homework

None.

Maine Mittens

Time: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)

Students will learn about Maine mitten construction by knitting a child sized mitten in two colors, circularly on double pointed needles. Techniques to be covered include options for the cuff (stockinette stitch patterning, corrugated ribbing, k3, p1 ribbing), developing the thumb gusset by increasing in full pattern multiples, traditional motifs, and tip shaping at the end of the mitten which maintains the patterning.


Supply List

(for a pair of mittens)

  • 3 oz. of worsted weight yarn, 2 colors.
  • One set each of size 2 and 4 (2.75 mm and 3.5 mm) double pointed needles (7″ long or shorter) or whatever circular needle you feel comfortable with.
  • Tapestry needle

Homework

(Cuff):

With size 2 needles, cast on 40 stitches with D yarn and join, being careful not to twist. Glossary:  D:  dark yarn,  L:  light yarn

Choose from one of the following three options.

  • K3, P1 Ribbing- in one color

All rounds:  *K3, p1, rep from *.  Work for 2″.

  • K2L, K2D Ribbing- st st in 2 colors

Join L yarn.  All rounds:  *K2L, k2D, rep from *.  Work even for 2″.

  • K2L, P2D Ribbing- corrugated ribbing

Join L yarn.  All rounds:  *K2L, p2D, rep from *.  Work for 2″.

Scottish Sanquhar Gloves

Time: 12-18 hours

Level:  Intermediate to advanced (must be proficient with dp needles)

The intricately patterned gloves from 19th century Scotland are a joy and a challenge to knit. Full of small geometric patterns and tiny gussets around the fingers and thumb, they are made on double-pointed needles. Explore the many pattern options of both the ribbing and glove body and discuss designing possibilities while knitting a full-sized glove. Learn about yarn dominance and how to manage two yarns at a time, in three different knitting styles as well as reading your knitting, rather than a pattern to create these marvelous gloves.


Supply List:

  • Needles:  One set of five 7″ (or shorter)  long dp needles, US sizes 00, 0, 1, or 2 (1.75, 2.0, 2.5, 2.75 mm), whichever size yields a gauge of 11 sts/ inch in two color st st, and is comfortable for you to work with.  (My hand is medium sized and I worked my glove at 11 sts/inch. If you have a larger hand, you may  wish to work the pattern at  9 sts/inch or choose a larger motif.)  Please also bring an extra set each of dpn one size larger and one size smaller than the size you will use for your gloves, just in case you find you need to make gauge adjustments.
  •  Yarns:  1.75 oz- 2 oz. balls /210-262 yards (~50 g./ 240 m) each of two colors (Main Color- MC, and Contrast Color- CC) of plain- textured, solid colored fingering weight yarn, such as 3 or 4 ply sock yarn for a pair of gloves.
  • Many space-dyed sock yarns are not appropriate as they will cause the motifs to blur.  Solid colored yarns are best.
  •  Extras:  St. markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart, tapestry needle, scraps of contrast color yarn, tape measure.
  •  Homework is required (see below).

Some appropriate yarns:

Upton Yarns (uptonyarns.com) has a yarn suitable for Sanquhar Gloves.  It is a three-ply highly twisted yarn that will hold up well with repeated wearing.

Froelich Blauband
Schoeller-Esslinger Fortissima
Lang Jawoll
Dale Baby Ull
Paton Kroy
Zephyr
Koigu
Schachenmeyer Regia
Fach Haltbar  4 fädig
Brown Sheep Wildfoote
Knit Picks sock yarn
Knit Picks Palette
Jamieson and Smith Jumper weight yarn
Shetland 2000
Jamieson and Smith shawl weight
3 ply or 4 ply Cherry Tree Hill super sock
Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4 ply

Homework available upon request.