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Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which ...

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Latvian Fingerless Mitts

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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Work in the round on double-pointed needles, or Magic Loop or two circulars
  • Work stranded knitting with two colors

Pattern Description:

This circularly knitted project is the result of my classes in Latvian mitten techniques. The methods used in the cuff can be applied to sleeve cuffs and sock tops as well! In the main part of the hand, you can practice working with two, three, or four colors in a round, if you like. You will learn a two-color cast-on, a two-color half braid, a solid color half braid, how to scallop the edge, and the Herringbone Braid (also known as the Latvian Braid). The open hand is finished off with a picot hem, which is seen in some Latvian mitten cuffs. The thumb hole is created using the classic "Afterthought" method used in Latvian mittens. Charts are included. Enjoy!


Women's Medium: 27 sts and 27 rounds = 4"/10 cm in two-color St st with sport-weight yarn

Women's Large: 24 sts and 24 rounds = 4"/10 cm in two-color St st with worsted-weight yarn

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Women's Medium (Large): 7"/17.8 cm (8"/20.3 cm) hand circumference
  • 7 1/2"/19 cm (8.5"/21.6 cm) long


  • Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun, 100% wool yarn, sport-weight (worsted-weight), 1 (1/2) skein each of #200 Bordeaux (MC), #125 Goldenrod (CC1), #522 Nervous Green (CC2), #102 Eucalyptus (CC3), #N17 French Clay (CC4)
  • Needles: One set of four US size 4/3.5 mm (US size 6/4.0 mm) double-pointed needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch marker, smooth contrasting waste yarn, tapestry needle, scissors

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport weight