Latvian mittens - KURZEME
In the Baltic country of Latvia, there is a long tradition of knitting mittens
For centuries, mittens have been the Latvian gift of choice. Hand-knitted mittens were exchanged at weddings, funerals, and religious feasts - they were, in fact, exchanged so much that it was not unusual for an adult woman to own more than 300 pairs!
When a woman was to be married, she was expected to knit mittens for all members of her wedding party - and shame on the bride who did not make every pair completely unique!
This of course means that there now is a very extensive catalogue of patterns, and every pattern has its own meaning originating in Latvian myths and legends - the Kurzeme pattern is named after a region in western Latvia.
Latvian company HobbyWool assemble lovely mitten kits with traditional, Latvian patterns so you, too, can knit the cosy mittens - who knows, you might end up knitting 300!
The kit contains wool yarn for a pair of mittens in sizes M/L, a colour chart, and a pattern in both English and Danish.
Needles: Doublepointed needles 1.5-2 mm
Gauge: 34 sts / 10 cm
Hand wash, dry flat