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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 Mittens

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Latvian Mittens
Latvian Mittens

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit in two or more colors per round

Pattern Description:

Latvia is a part of Eastern Europe that borders the Baltic Sea.
Mittens played an important role in the marriage rites of traditional Latvian households.

These mittens are knitted in worsted weight for ease of construction, and include the classic details of traditional Latvian Mittens such as a scalloped cuff, the Latvian Braid and half-braids, and fringe. The motif can be knitted in two or three colors within one round.

The featured techniques explained in this pattern are: Scalloped Cuff
Knitted Fringe
The Herringbone Braid
The Afterthought Thumb
Traditional Tip Shaping
Working with Three Yarns

There are charts and photos to guide you through knitting these fun mittens! Enjoy!


24 stitches and 24 rounds/4 inches (10 cm)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult medium


  • 3 oz EACH of four colors worsted weight yarn (100g/247 yards)
  • US size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • waste yarn

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

WEBS Northampton


Purple, Gold, Red, & Green, or your choice!