Skolt Sami Mittens by Laura Ricketts

Skolt Sami Mittens

Knitting
July 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
271 yards (248 m)
8¾ inches (22.2 cm) hand circumference, 9¾ inches (24.8 cm) long
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The four-dot pattern on this mitten is the “Ptarmigan’s Foot” which occurs inside a mirrored sawtooth design. The ptarmigan, a Nordic grouse, is a small, local dovelike bird, which changes color with the seasons. This pattern also includes kierrekerrosta (right and left leaning braid accents) made by carrying the yarn on the outside of the work while purling. It also incorporates poonnjum ruõddâznjä’lmm, which is Skolt Sámi for the braid hanging off the cuff. A bit of beauty with utility, poonnjum ruõddâznjä’lmm allows the wearer to attach the mittens together to dry or store. Lastly, I have incorporated decreases in the interior tip of the mitten and thumb.