Updated: Jan 14, 2021
Knitting Traditional Selbuvotter mittens is one of my passions!
During my time living in the Selbu area of Trøndelag, Norway, I have learnt and perfected the technique of knitting these traditional mittens from local Norwegian knitters and friends. I have thoroughly researched their origin and history.
I also raise the rare, heritage breed of sheep – Grå Trøndersau – from which the yarn for the first ever pair of Selbu mittens and the iconic Selbu star were knitted.
I have restored the old “tremaler” or blockers - which now hang within the Selbu Bygdemuseum, into my Selbu Mitten and Sock Blocker design, for use by modern knitters. These outdated knitting accessories were once used to standardize Selbu mittens for sale and export from the village of Selbu.
I am an experienced teacher and taught elementary school for over 30 years. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for the knitting of these mittens from the region of Norway in which I live.
Together we will learn about and break down the process of knitting these mittens, and practice each technique in depth. I will facilitate the instruction and offer support throughout the course. In turn, you will be able to ask questions, share your feedback and your progress along the way.
At the end of this course we will celebrate each pair of knitted mittens on the Norwegian Mitten Day, October 14th, with an online parade!
Please see the course outline, additional information and agreements below.
Participation and Registration:
$6 US dollars for each course video + 1 free bonus finishing course = $36 US per person for seven sessions over a six-week period.
(55 NOK for each course video + 1 free bonus finishing course = 330 NOK + 85 NOK MVA = 415 NOK per person for seven sessions over a six-week period.)
Registration to the Traditional Selbu Mitten course is binding. This course is not refundable after purchase.
This is a course for beginner or intermediate level mitten knitters. I will assume that you have some knowledge and experience in knitting and have tried stranded knitting with two colours, prior to this course.
Also, the instruction will be given from the point of view of holding your yarn in both hands, English style, throwing.
You will have full access to the course video content at your leisure by simply logging in to my online classroom.
Video Course and Course Materials will be available for your viewing every Saturday on the following dates to participate in at your leisure. The videos will vary in length based on the course content for that week. The video content will always be available for you to watch over and over again as needed, once you purchase the course. To gain the most out of the course material, it is recommended that you participate actively.
Week 1 - Saturday - September 5th
Week 2 - Saturday - September 12th
Week 3 - Saturday - September 19th
Week 4 - Saturday - September 26th
Week 5 - Saturday - October 3rd
Week 6 - Saturday - October 10th
Week 6 - Sunday - October 11th *Bonus class for finishing and blocking your mittens
Wednesday October 14th Norwegian Mitten Day – Mitten parade!
ZOOM LIVE Check-ins, Questions, Support and Knit along (KAL)
September 9th, September 16th, September 23rd, September 30th, October 7th
I will organize Time Zone participation for Zoom Check-ins! There will be several live check-ins on these dates. Sign up participation will be required
Week 1 - September 5th
Anatomy – What makes a mitten a Selbu mitten?
What do the colours represent?
Organizing your project bag – gathering your wool and your tools
Reading traditional mitten patterns – tips and tricks
Practice assignment for week 2!
Week 2 - September 12th
Casting on techniques, gauge, sizing and fit
Stranded knitting in the round – floats
Increasing and decreasing
Practice assignment for week 3!
Week 3 - September 19th
Traditional Selbu cuffs
A look at the Latvian braid in modern designs
Practice assignment for week 4!
Week 4 - September 26th
Mitten Body Part 1
Knitting the hand, palm, decorative sides or ladders, and the thumb gusset
Maintaining your tension on the edges of the mitten.
Placing the thumb mittens on hold verses an after thought thumb
Practice assignment for week 5!
Week 5 - October 3rd
Mitten Body Part 2
Maintaining your gauge throughout the body
Decreasing for the tip of the mitten
Practice assignment for week 6!
Week 6 Day 1 - October 10th
Knitting the thumb
Picking up stitches in pattern (or after thought thumb)
Maintaining a smooth transition between the thumb and the palm design.
Thumb message “Hilsen”
Decreasing for the tip of the thumb
Practice assignment for Day 2 - ready for finishing!
Week 6 Day 2 - October 11th
Finishing and Blocking your mittens
Vottedagen/Norwegian Mitten Day – October 14th
We will have an Instagram Online Mitten Parade Celebration + grand prize participation drawings for a beautiful Selbuvotter mitten kit!
Which will include: Traditional Norwegian wool, one handmade project bag, a set of handmade Selbu knitting accessories, one set of Norwegian Primstav Calendar Brooches which mark the traditional Mitten Day here in Norway and one pair of handmade Selbu Mitten Blockers.
REGISTRATION OPENS - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12th
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Warmest regards from the farm!