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Virtual Class: Kjell Fingerless Mitt with Kristin Drysdale

Date & Time

Fri, Nov 12, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm PST

Location

This is a virtual event

This class will teach you to make a traditional Norwegian fingerless mitt designed especially for the 2021 Nordic Knitting Conference by Kristen Drysdale

"I can’t wait to see your family story unfold on your finished mitten. I hope this mitten (and your new skills) become an heirloom for your family to treasure." - Kristen Drysdale

Pattern: Kjell fingerless mitt. Pattern included.

Skill level: intermediate

Homework:  Please make a gauge swatch before class to determine needle size so you are ready to cast on in class.

Join us and learn to make a pair of cozy Norwegian fingerless mitts. Nordic knitting is full of symbolism and often conveys secret messages in its age-old motifs. Drysdale uses such symbolism in this class.

Between 1840 and 1920, one third of the population of Norway, Sweden and Denmark immigrated to the United States and Canada. The Kjell Fingerless Mitt was designed in honor of all those Nordic immigrants who came to North America and Canada. It represents the love of the land they left behind, and the hope of the New World. It has symbols that represent these immigrants and their courage, the voyage, a compass, and protection, also the love, humility, work, ups and downs, trials, and joy in life, and finally, the passage of time. The fingerless mitt can be personalized to tell your family’s story, whether it’s old or new.

In this class we will cover:

  • Norwegian symbolism that has been used in knitting for centuries
  • The techniques used to make traditional Selbu mittens
  • Casting on
  • Knitting with one color in each hand
  • Knitting with two strands in the left hand
  • Working with DPNs (double-pointed needles)
  • My favorite way to purl
  • Catching floats (my favorite ways)
  • Colorwork tips
  • Managing yarn dominance
  • Working a traditional gusset (with my favorite way to increase stitches)
  • Gauge and how to customize fit
  • Tips for working complex patterns with tiny needles

We will get a great head start on the first mitt, so that you can confidently finish the mitt (and its companion) on your own after class. 

Materials

  • Yarn: Rauma 2 ply Gammelserie| Fingering| 100 % Norwegian Wool|175 yards /160 meters per 50-g skein
  • Main Color: 1 skein 400 (white)|
  • Contrasting Color: 1 skein 459 (black)
  • Or
  • Tuku Wool |Fingering| 100 % Finnish Wool | 200 m (218 yd) per 50-g skein|
  • Main Color: 1 skein H35 Havu (white) | approximately 82 meters/90 yards
  • Contrasting Color: 1 skein 01 Sake (white) | approximately 77 meters/ 85 yards
  • Needles: double-point needles 2 mm and 2.5 mm (or size double-pointed
  • needles to obtain the correct gauge)
  • Gauge and swatch
  • 30 stitches/34 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm
  • Sizes
  • Women’s large/men’s medium: 4.5 (11.25 cm) x 7.25” (19 cm)

Please note: these classes will be recorded. Class participants will have access to these recordings for a limited time after the live classes. The Museum may use these recordings in future educational programs after the Nordic Knitting Conference. By signing up for this class, you are giving consent to the Museum to record these classes.

Cost: $80 for members, $90 general admission

This class will teach you to make a traditional Norwegian fingerless mitt designed especially for the 2021 Nordic Knitting Conference by Kristen Drysdale

"I can’t wait to see your family story unfold on your finished mitten. I hope this mitten (and your new skills) become an heirloom for your family to treasure." - Kristen Drysdale

Pattern: Kjell fingerless mitt. Pattern included.

Skill level: intermediate

Homework:  Please make a gauge swatch before class to determine needle size so you are ready to cast on in class.

Join us and learn to make a pair of cozy Norwegian fingerless mitts. Nordic knitting is full of symbolism and often conveys secret messages in its age-old motifs. Drysdale uses such symbolism in this class.

Between 1840 and 1920, one third of the population of Norway, Sweden and Denmark immigrated to the United States and Canada. The Kjell Fingerless Mitt was designed in honor of all those Nordic immigrants who came to North America and Canada. It represents the love of the land they left behind, and the hope of the New World. It has symbols that represent these immigrants and their courage, the voyage, a compass, and protection, also the love, humility, work, ups and downs, trials, and joy in life, and finally, the passage of time. The fingerless mitt can be personalized to tell your family’s story, whether it’s old or new.

In this class we will cover:

  • Norwegian symbolism that has been used in knitting for centuries
  • The techniques used to make traditional Selbu mittens
  • Casting on
  • Knitting with one color in each hand
  • Knitting with two strands in the left hand
  • Working with DPNs (double-pointed needles)
  • My favorite way to purl
  • Catching floats (my favorite ways)
  • Colorwork tips
  • Managing yarn dominance
  • Working a traditional gusset (with my favorite way to increase stitches)
  • Gauge and how to customize fit
  • Tips for working complex patterns with tiny needles

We will get a great head start on the first mitt, so that you can confidently finish the mitt (and its companion) on your own after class. 

Materials

  • Yarn: Rauma 2 ply Gammelserie| Fingering| 100 % Norwegian Wool|175 yards /160 meters per 50-g skein
  • Main Color: 1 skein 400 (white)|
  • Contrasting Color: 1 skein 459 (black)
  • Or
  • Tuku Wool |Fingering| 100 % Finnish Wool | 200 m (218 yd) per 50-g skein|
  • Main Color: 1 skein H35 Havu (white) | approximately 82 meters/90 yards
  • Contrasting Color: 1 skein 01 Sake (white) | approximately 77 meters/ 85 yards
  • Needles: double-point needles 2 mm and 2.5 mm (or size double-pointed
  • needles to obtain the correct gauge)
  • Gauge and swatch
  • 30 stitches/34 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm
  • Sizes
  • Women’s large/men’s medium: 4.5 (11.25 cm) x 7.25” (19 cm)

Please note: these classes will be recorded. Class participants will have access to these recordings for a limited time after the live classes. The Museum may use these recordings in future educational programs after the Nordic Knitting Conference. By signing up for this class, you are giving consent to the Museum to record these classes.

Cost: $80 for members, $90 general admission

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