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Designing Scandinavian Style Mittens

Course Overview

Scandinavian style mittens are some of the most iconic mittens today. The styles vary, as do the different countries and regions they hail from. There have been many books written about these mittens, so there are endless patterns available for today’s knitters to choose from. In this class, students will learn the history and folklore, the differences and similarities, and the hows of designing their own pattern. This pattern will be used to knit the students' own unique pair of mittens. Discussion on yarns to use and colors will also be covered. Designing will be done with  the use of graph paper and colored pencils, or computer loaded with Excel (instructor will demo). The instructor will have yarns and needles available to purchase separate from the materials fee, if needed by the student. Students should have had some experience knitting with at least two colors of yarn and working on small gauge needles.

Youth ages 16+ may attend if accompanied by an adult. Adult/child pairs will complete one project and pay one materials fee. A 25% tuition discount applies to the youth registrant when registering with a full paying adult; call to register. 

Required Tools

  • Yarn to start knitting a pair of mittens: 2 skeins of (at least 50 gms each) yarn of contrasting color, sport weight or worsted weight (the 2 colors should be the same gauge). Suggested yarns to consider: Cascade 220, Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, and or Rauma Finnulgarn
  • Needles to knit in the round (ie double points, 12 or 16 inch circular needle or magic loop needle) to match gauge of yarn using (sport weight yarn needles 3-5 or worsted weight yarn needles 5-7) 
  • Basic knitting tools (scissors, markers, ruler etc) and eyewear if needed.
  • Colored pencils


Fri, Nov 8th, 2024  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: Day 1: 4-7pm; Day 2: 9am- 4pm; Day 3: 9am- noon
Tuition: $210.00
Materials fee: $20.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Diane Thomson
Diane Thomson
Ely, MN

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Designing Scandinavian Style Mittens