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 the 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 continues today. In 2006, at the NATO summit in Riga, 4500 pairs of mittens were knitted by the people to give to participants!
The design for these Latvian Finglerless Mitts was inspired by the book Latviesu Rakstainie Cimdi by Mirzda Slava, and contains several traditional techniques and motifs: the scalloped cuff, the Split Herringbone Braid, the afterthought thumb-hole, solid-color purl ridges, a picot hem at the top, and classic Latvian motifs. Photos and charts are included.
Women's Medium: 26 sts and 30 rnds = 4"/10 cm in two-color St st with sport weight yarn
Women's Large: 24 sts and 26 rnds = 4"/10 cm in two-color St st with worsted weight yarn
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 offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter sign up.