- Level of Instruction
- Advanced (or motivated intermediate!) knitters
The Sámi are Scandinavia’s indigenous people, recognized by the United Nations. Though known for colorful and family-specific gáktis (traditional garments), the penchant for bright colors extends to knitted goods as well. Join instructor Laura Ricketts, who has studied Sámi knitting traditions throughout Scandinavia, and explore the culture of the area surrounding Jokkmokk, the town in northern Sweden that has been home to an annual Sámi market festival for more than 400 years! Students must be able to cast on, knit in the round, decrease stitches, and feel confident doing colorwork with multiple colors. Issues and techniques for stranding over large distances will be covered in class. The mitten is finished off with a typical Sámi braid and tassel.
Supplies: A kit containing enough yarn to make the mittens (seven colors of Rauma Finullgarn 100% Norwegian wool pre-measured for the project) and a treat (a $50 value) is included in the cost of enrollment and will be shipped to you.
You will need to provide:
- -5 double-pointed needles, size US 0 / 2 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge
- -A scrap of smooth waste yarn for thumb
- -2 markers
- -A tapestry needle
- -A credit card or credit card-sized piece of cardboard for making tassels
- -A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection
The listed class time is two live Zoom sessions on Mondays, January 10 (5:30-8:00 pm CT) and January 24 (5:30-7:30 pm CT) with time spent working on the project independently between classes.
Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.
If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.
Enrollment Deadline: December 21, 2021
Registration for this class has closed.
About the Instructor
Laura Ricketts is a knit and crochet instructor from Indiana, specializing in the knitwear of the Sámi peoples. After participating in a Nordic knitting conference, she began researching the contributions that the Sámi have made to the knitting community. She has toured the Sámi lands, visited museums and groups, and studied and written about many beautiful examples of Sámi knitting. As a former history teacher, Laura enjoys opening this world to others and has spoken or taught classes at Finnfest, Ingebretsen’s, North House Folk School, the National Nordic Museum’s Nordic Knitting Conference, American Swedish Institute, and numerous knit shops.
Learn more: Watch this video, Collections Connection: Sámi Mittens, where Laura and Vesterheim Chief Curator Laurann Gilbertson highlight Sámi mittens from Vesterheim’s collection, inspiring creativity and enhancing understanding of Sámi contributions to the knitting world.