- Level of Instruction
- This is an intermediate class, students should have a basic understanding of knitting and controlling tension. Be ready to tackle colorwork and double pointed needles, but don't be afraid!
Dating back to 1857, Selbu mittens are one of the most iconic Norwegian garments. They have existed as currency, as souvenirs, and as a source of financial independence for women who had few options. In this intermediate knitting class, we will make a pair of Selbu mittens with live demonstrations as well as a prerecorded tutorial to reference on your own time. We will discuss history, tips and tricks, and easy modifications as we knit a pattern inspired by pieces in the Vesterheim collection.
The listed class time includes three Zoom sessions on September 13, 20, and 27 (6:00-7:30pm CT).
Supplies: To ensure you can choose the color combo you want to work with (you can choose a traditional black-and-white combo or go with a more modern twist!), students in this class will be responsible for purchasing their own supplies. You will need double-pointed knitting needles in sizes US 3 and 4 as well as two colors of yarn. Recommended brands will be shared well in advance of class, and yarn can be ordered through Blue Heron Knittery in Decorah or sourced from your local knittery. You will also need a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and 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 email address you'd like the pattern, instructions, and 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 email address or be prepared to forward all communications.
Enrollment Deadline: August 30, 2021
Registration for this class has closed.
About the Instructor
Jane Addams is a first generation Norwegian-American with a long family history in the woolen mills of Norway. She has 13 years of experience knitting traditional Norwegian colorwork. Raised in Illinois, she now lives in the milder winters of the Pacific Northwest but vows never to live outside of the "sweater weather" zone. Jane designs Selbu mittens for yarn stores and fashion brands and enjoys studying and teaching our rich textile heritage.
View more of Jane's work on her website here.