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“Fancy” Sámi Mittens from Jukkasjärvi/Čohkkiras Sweden with Christin Curran

Date & Time

Sat, Nov 06, 2021
9:00am - 4:30pm PST

Location

2655 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Tel : 206.789.5707

Please note that this is a two part class, taking place on the following dates and times: 

  • Saturday, November 6, 9am-12pm
  • Saturday, November 6, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Instructions are given with full colorwork charts and translations from the original Swedish instructions by Sámi designer Erika Nordvall Falck

“What would life be like without mittens? Mittens are protection. Mittens are beauty. The care we take in making them gives us pleasure.” –Erika Nordvall Falck

Mittens are an integral part of life in Scandinavia, especially in the north, where it can be ‘mitten season’ much of the year. Some mittens are intended for work, made for hard-wearing warmth and ease of removal. Other mittens are more delicate and beautifully decorated, showcasing the skill of the maker. These mittens go by many names: Market mittens. Sunday best mittens. Betrothal mittens. Wedding mittens. Fancy mittens.

In this 6-hour workshop class you will learn how to knit traditional Sámi mittens from the Jukkasjärvi area of Swedish Sápmi, located about 90 miles above the Arctic Circle. Along with mitten instruction, students will learn a brief history of the Sámi people and the knitting traditions of the region.

This class is long enough to knit a child’s-size mitten or get a good solid start on an adult mitten. The provided pattern also includes instructions for kid’s, women’s and men’s sized mittens that may be knit at home. Making the child’s mitten will give you the opportunity to learn all the skills you need to knit all sizes of the Jukkasjärvi mittens.

These mittens are knit in the round on US 1 (2.25 mm) double-pointed or circular needles using fingering weight wool yarn.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Students must know how to knit in the round in the manner of their choosing (double-pointed needles, magic loop, or 9” circular).
  • Skills needed: Cast on, knit and purl, knitting in the round, decreasing. Previous knowledge of stranded colorwork helpful.
  • New skills introduced: afterthought thumb, cord making
  • Finished Size:
    • L (Men): 28 cm long, 13 cm wide (aprox. 11” x 5”)
    • M (Women): 23.5 cm long, 10.5 cm wide (aprox. 9” x 4”)
    • S (Child): 17.5 cm long, 8.5-9 cm wide (aprox. 7” x 3.5”)

A materials fee of $35 is included with registration. Kits include yarn and pattern from StoorStalka, a Sámi owned store in Jokkmokk, Sweden

Cost: $205 for members, $220 for general admission

Due to the intimate setting for this on-site class, the National Nordic Museum is requiring that all class participants be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination may include CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), documentation from a health care provider, or state immunization system record.

Please note that this is a two part class, taking place on the following dates and times: 

  • Saturday, November 6, 9am-12pm
  • Saturday, November 6, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Instructions are given with full colorwork charts and translations from the original Swedish instructions by Sámi designer Erika Nordvall Falck

“What would life be like without mittens? Mittens are protection. Mittens are beauty. The care we take in making them gives us pleasure.” –Erika Nordvall Falck

Mittens are an integral part of life in Scandinavia, especially in the north, where it can be ‘mitten season’ much of the year. Some mittens are intended for work, made for hard-wearing warmth and ease of removal. Other mittens are more delicate and beautifully decorated, showcasing the skill of the maker. These mittens go by many names: Market mittens. Sunday best mittens. Betrothal mittens. Wedding mittens. Fancy mittens.

In this 6-hour workshop class you will learn how to knit traditional Sámi mittens from the Jukkasjärvi area of Swedish Sápmi, located about 90 miles above the Arctic Circle. Along with mitten instruction, students will learn a brief history of the Sámi people and the knitting traditions of the region.

This class is long enough to knit a child’s-size mitten or get a good solid start on an adult mitten. The provided pattern also includes instructions for kid’s, women’s and men’s sized mittens that may be knit at home. Making the child’s mitten will give you the opportunity to learn all the skills you need to knit all sizes of the Jukkasjärvi mittens.

These mittens are knit in the round on US 1 (2.25 mm) double-pointed or circular needles using fingering weight wool yarn.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Students must know how to knit in the round in the manner of their choosing (double-pointed needles, magic loop, or 9” circular).
  • Skills needed: Cast on, knit and purl, knitting in the round, decreasing. Previous knowledge of stranded colorwork helpful.
  • New skills introduced: afterthought thumb, cord making
  • Finished Size:
    • L (Men): 28 cm long, 13 cm wide (aprox. 11” x 5”)
    • M (Women): 23.5 cm long, 10.5 cm wide (aprox. 9” x 4”)
    • S (Child): 17.5 cm long, 8.5-9 cm wide (aprox. 7” x 3.5”)

A materials fee of $35 is included with registration. Kits include yarn and pattern from StoorStalka, a Sámi owned store in Jokkmokk, Sweden

Cost: $205 for members, $220 for general admission

Due to the intimate setting for this on-site class, the National Nordic Museum is requiring that all class participants be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination may include CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), documentation from a health care provider, or state immunization system record.

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