The secret to warmer mittens: stranded knitting

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

From Mostly MittensIt’s one of the coldest places on earth, and its heritage of stranded colorwork knitting inspired this gorgeous design (at left). Can you guess the location? (No, it’s not Buffalo!)

If you guessed Russia, you’re right! Charlene Schurch, author of Mostly Mittens, was inspired by the Komi people, an originally nomadic population who began settling in Russia in the eleventh century. Their beautiful stranded colorwork knitting was both lovely and practical: the floating strands created on the underside (see photo below) added extra warmth, a welcome amenity during the frigid winters in Russia.
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You’ll find 35 knitting patterns for mittens inspired by Komi designs in Mostly Mittens by Charlene Schurch. See more of the extra-warm stranded color knitting patterns in the book here.

Floating strands in knitted mittens
By turning the mittens inside out, you can see the floats that create an extra 
layer of warmth.

Download the Mostly Mittens eBook for just $16.99. With 35 knitted mitten patterns and 4 traditional hats, you’re paying just 44 cents per pattern!

Hat and mitten set from Mostly Mittens

What’s your secret for keeping warm this winter? Tell us below in the comments!

2 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Internet shopping! I did make my first pair of mittens last year with thrums, similar to stranded color work. I see all those ends that would need to be worked in, s i g h…..

    —Whiskers on December 5, 2014
  • I move to Florida every.November .ireturn home the end of April.

    —Elsie on December 5, 2014

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