Book Review: Folk Mittens

A Review By Aja Ewing

Folk Mittens, Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski

I love a good mitten. As a ski instructor it took me years to find a perfect mitten for being outside in an alpine environment, and sadly while my leather and Gortex mittens work beautifully they lack a certain something.

Ok they lack colorwork and it makes me a bit sad. This is where Folk Mittens, Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski comes in. Folk Mittens has a comprehensive but mercifully brief intro in the beginning where it explains gore types, different techniques and then a handy key for the abbreviations. Lewandowski then goes on to break down the mittens by region; Europe, Asia, North and South America. Each section and subsection has a discussion on the knitting techniques of that region and traditional uses of the mittens (fishing, hunting, formal ect).

The instructions are clear and concise and the color work charts are illustrative without being too crowded. Folk Mittens also has patterns for a wide variety of knitters. The range goes from the Lovikka Mittens, which are just simple single color mittens that you felt the bejesus out of with a embroidered pattern on the cuff, to the most finicky Fair Isle a color work enthusiast could desire.

I highly recommend this pattern book and honestly, I would buy it just for the beautiful pictures of different folk style mittens.