Skolt Sámi-Inspired Hat with Laura Ricketts

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Skolt Sámi-Inspired Hat with Laura Ricketts

Tuesdays, April 6 & 13, 2021 (6-7:30 PM CT) with Laura Ricketts

Level of Instruction
Students should be able to knit in the round and purl, decrease and do color work.
$90.00 Members
$100.00 Non-members

The Skolt Sámi people’s homeland is where the modern countries of Norway, Russia, and Finland meet – in the Petsamo (or Pechanga) region. There are several subsets of the Sámi people. Their traditional dress and language can vary as widely as the traditional dress and language of Denmark differs from a rural northern Norwegian dialect and traditional dress. The Skolt Sámi homeland is in an out-of-the-way place and provided a sheltered area to raise reindeer and sheep. Its isolation also helped protect and preserve the Skolt Sámi handcrafts. This hat is inspired by several of the Skolt Sámi knitted motifs, many of which I observed at the Sámi Museum Siida in Inari, Finland, the Ä’vv Skolt Sámi Museum in Neiden, Norway, and the Skolt Sámi Heritage House in Sevettijärvi-Näätämö, Finland. This class and pattern have a variety of choices in patterning, crown decreases, and toppers. The finished product of each student will be different! The listed class time includes two Zoom sessions, as well as time on your own spent working on the stroke work and class project.

This class is two Zoom sessions on April 6 &13 (6-7:30 pm CT)

This class includes a kit shipped to your home with three colors of Cascade 220 (220yds of cream, 50yds of blue, and 50 yds of red), 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, the printed pattern, and a special treat from Vesterheim (a $42 value).

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact before you register for more information.

Don't hesitate to contact Josh Torkelson, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (

Supplies: 16 in circ needle and double points in size needed to achieve gauge (20 sts x 28 rows = 4 inch), plus an additional needle 16 in circ needle one full size smaller, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle. You will also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

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.

Enrollment Deadline: March 23, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts

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.