Those new to the knitting of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be with an ornament-sized mitten (approx. 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) to learn construction techniques and provide a gauge swatch. Included will be ancient Baltic textile design symbols, lining, hem with picot edge, thumb insertion, and shaping the thumb and mitten top. After that, you’ll design your own pair, or another project. Students with some Latvian mitten experience can jump right into designing, using traditional motifs and techniques, graph paper, graphing app, or Excel (Use ours or bring your own tablet or laptop.) for a hat, cowl, mittens or sweater. Options for linings, braids, fringe, entrelac, or other special cuffs will also be covered.
Sandy De Master and Mary Germain have knit most of their lives and taught it for 30+ years. Mary owned The Wool Works yarn shop in Milwaukee from 1985-96, where Sandy taught spinning. Early on, they became intrigued with and focused on ethnic knitting, publishing “Messages In (Latvian) Mittens” in Piece Work magazine and traveling to Latvia and Estonia to study local knitting techniques a number of times, most recently in 2018. Sandy has also investigated Fair Isle knitting in Shetland. Together they continue to teach Baltic and Fair Isle knitting. www.marygtheknitter.blogspot.comNo tags for this post.