Back in September, you might remember your crafty social media blowing up a bit with talk of Midwestern Knits, a collection of patterns inspired by the America’s Heartland. From the minute I heard about the project, I knew I wanted to back the kickstarter. Because I’m a true Midwesterner through and through, I also LOVE a bargain, and Midwestern Knits really delivered on that front. There were so many incentive prizes for donating! The pattern collection that instantly caught my eye was Beauties From the Far North: Swedish Sámi Knitted Mittens by Laura Ricketts.
Stranded colorwork mittens are kind of my favorite thing and traditional designs and techniques are totally in this anthropologist’s sweet spot. I picked the Per Kuhmunen’s Mittens to start first. Check out this description:
Per Kuhmunen is the Sámi reindeer herder who has led the Jokkmokk Market reindeer parade every February for the past 30 years. This mitten pattern is common in Karesuando, Sweden, where he was originally from.
I decided to go two-at-a-time, which helps keep me on track and makes sure there’s, you know, two mittens instead of one. It’s pretty tricky, however, to do two at a time stranded with three colors going at once. I still don’t regret it, but I’d be smarter about how I divided my yarn. Definitely a couch project and not one you can just throw in your bag.
When you love your color combos, though, this project really flies!
I really loved how they turned out. As I was working on the thumbs, my friend Allyson mentioned wanting some new gloves but being pretty swamped with the 10,000 things she’s working on at all times. And magically, I had a Christmas gift all ready to go for her! All praise to the yarn gods, indeed.