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Latvian Fingerless Mitts


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  • Stranded

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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! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Work in the round on double-pointed needles, or Magic Loop or two circulars Work stranded knitting with two colors GAUGE 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 PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport weight

Supplies Needed

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

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Knitting Traditions
Knitting Traditions
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 signup: