The Some Warm Mitten series of four mitten patterns is a collaboration between Shirl the Purl (Shirley Scott), author of Canada Knits, and Christine LeGrow, the owner of Spindrift. The designs are inspired by traditional patterning from Newfoundland mittens.
“The Story of Newfoundland’s Mittens
Without warm mittens there would be no life or work on the rugged island of Newfoundland. Our saucy weather sees to that! Clever hands have been knitting here for centuries. Some of our distinctive stitches are known in Britain, Scandinavia, the Baltic, and Atlantic Canada, for our people go to sea. Two colours of yarn in each row make our mittens twice as warm and twice as beautiful. Works of art for your hands – that’s our heritage!”
The mitten patterns were created as a pack of four: Three of the four pattern cards for trigger and traditional mittens will fit an average size adult hand, and the 4th pattern card is a mitten with a no trigger version for children.
For more information please contact Christine LeGrow.
Mitten designer Shirley A. Scott, also known as Shirl the Purl, specializes in combining history with knitting. She loves to re-create heritage garments, ensuring that the craft skills of our worthy ancestors are not lost. She lives to knit in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she watches the ships come and go.
Christine LeGrow is the owner of Spindrift, which offers a unique collection of handknits in the tradition of Newfoundland. Christine thought it important to publish these double ball mitten patterns as a way to honour and preserve them.
Photos and text reprinted with permission of Shirley Scott and Christine LeGrow.