Online - Knitting Tveband Mittens

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Knitting Tveband Mittens

Mondays February 7, 14, & 21 (6:00-8:00 pm CT) with Susan Kolstad

Level of Instruction
Intermediate
Tuition
$125.00 Members
$140.00 Non-members

Tveband knitting (tveband strikking) is a technique using two ends or two strands of yarn that are twisted while knitting to create a long-wearing, warm, and densely-knit fabric – perfect for "work" mittens. The knitting technique, knit in the round, is unique (referred to as tvaandstikkning in Sweden) and is used to create both daily-use items (such as mittens and garment borders) as well as decorative special-wear folk dress socks and mittens. The knit item is often embellished with designs both knit (stranded color work), as well as embroidered after knitting (for example, with hearts or flowers). This class will provide beginning tveband technique instruction and embellishment (embroidery ideas and a looped lining for additional warmth) based on historic Norwegian examples. Class discussion will include tools for tveband and inspirational resources.

Supplies: A kit of materials (a $35 value!) containing three skeins of Rauma Strikkegarn yarn, a wooden dowel for loop-making, a stitch holder, the mitten pattern, additional knitting trinkets, and a treat from Vesterheim is included in the cost of enrollment and will be shipped to you.

You will need to provide:

  • -5 double-pointed needles, size 3.5 mm
  • -Stitch marker
  • -Tapestry needle 
  • -Safety pin
  • -A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

The listed class time is Mondays, February 7, 14, & 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm (CT).

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 aellingsen@vesterheim.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: January 24, 2022

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About the Instructor

Susan Kolstad

Susan Kolstad

Susan has been knitting since childhood with a long-time passion for challenging knits. She has sought out unusual techniques and historical connections to knitwear. Susan has taught knitting to adults and children, developed patterns, as well as traveled to attend many knitting courses including technique classes in Norway and Sweden.


Her daily knitting is often inspired by a vintage artifact (magazine photographs, colorful plate/dishes or an article of retro clothing). She loves to knit toothy wool on wooden needles, some she has carved herself as a nod to early knitting times. Her motivation is a challenge in design or use of yarn or translating Scandinavian vintage or modern knitting patterns.

A recent move has brought Susan to rural Southeast Minnesota after living and teaching elementary school for 27 years in a metro suburb. This shift has spurred enjoyment of gardening and walks and further pursuits of natural dyeing. She cheers on her daughter and son-in-laws’ small business and enjoys listening to the stories of her aging parent.

You can find Susan on Ravelry and Instagram as sokkgirl.



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