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Workshop: Knitting the Karesuando Mitten

This class meets over two sessions. The November 7 class runs 1-3:30 pm and the November 14 class runs 1-3 pm.

The Sami are Scandinavia’s only UN-recognized indigenous people and have a culture rich with fiber traditions. Though known for colorful and highly family-specific gáktis (traditional clothing), the penchant for bright colors extends to knitted goods as well. Join instructor Laura Ricketts, who has studied Sami knitting traditions extensively throughout Scandinavia, to explore Sami culture in the far north of Sweden in and around the towns of Karesuando and Jokkmokk through knitting the Karesuando mitten. Over two sessions, students will cast on and knit this traditional Sami mitten, often worn by Per Kuhmunen in his role as the leader of the reindeer parade at the Jokkmokk Winter Market.

Students must be able to cast on, knit in the round, and have some experience with color work (knitting in two colors in the same row). The pattern ($8) is included in the class fee and will be provided a few weeks before class. This class requires students to provide their own materials; please see the materials list below.

This is a live virtual class taught over Zoom. Students need a strong internet connection and a device with video capabilities.

Workshop Materials List