Knitting Posts

The Afterthought Thumb

Many of you have probably come across the “peasant” or “afterthought” heel in your sock knitting.  The same technique can be applied to gussetless thumbs in mittens. These thumbs must be comprised of more stitches than you would otherwise assume to avoid the mitten from twisting toward the thumb, causing it to sit off-center.  The mitten […]


Saami Mittens

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. These mittens begin with a traditional three-color braided cast-on and are worked […]


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 […]


Winter

Sanquhar (pronounced “Sanker”) Gloves have captivated the Scottish and non-Scottish alike since the late 1800s when they were first created.  These gloves were favored for riding and driving horses, playing the sport of curling, and looking fashionably smart as well. Several classic patterns have survived, most notably the ‘Duke’ and ‘Prince of Wales’. The architecture of these wonderful gloves […]


Spring Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Spring Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Mittens have long played a part in traditional Latvian society. In the past, young women aspired to have from 50 to 200 pairs of mittens knitted for their wedding day when they would give mittens to in-laws, people who contributed to the wedding, and for hanging in auspicious places in the new home. The mitten as a symbol of friendship and esteem […]


Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Ganseys are the traditional British fisherman’s sweater from the 1800s. Some of the techniques used in making a gansey sweater will be learned by knitting this fingerless mitt. The Channel Island Cast-on and garter stitch split welts which are optionally overlapped make up the gauntlet. Small cables and traditional knit/purl motifs are worked in the […]


Aran Mittens

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 […]


Morning Glory Mittens

Morning Glory Mittens

In Sweden, as long ago as the 17th century a form of knitting was practiced called tvåändsstickning, or two-end knitting. Using a strand from each end of a center pull ball of yarn (wound of either one or two colors of yarn), the created fabric has great warmth, strength, and durability, as well as elasticity […]


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 […]


Saami Mittens

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 […]


Introduction to Twined Knitting

Intro To Twined Knitting WS

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 […]


Mittens Around the World

Saami MIttens

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 […]


Textured Twined Fingerless Mitts

Twined Fingerless Mitts WS

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 […]


Twined Mittens

Twined Mitten

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 […]


Color Twined Fingerless Mitts

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 […]


Norwegian Mittens

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 […]