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Skolt Sámi Inspired Hat: Online Course

Course Overview

The Skolt Sámi people’s homeland is where the modern countries of Norway, Russia and Finland meet. There are several subsets of the Sami people, of which the Skolt Sámi are just one. Traditional dress and language is unique and can vary as widely as the Danish language and traditional dress differs from a rural Norwegian dialect and dress. The Skolt Sámi homeland is in an out-of-the-way place and provides a sheltered area to raise reindeer and sheep. Its isolation also helped protect and preserve the handcrafts. This hat is inspired by several of the Skolt Sámi knitted motifs, many of which I observed at the Sámi Museum Siida in Inari, Finland, the Ä’vv Skolt Sámi Museum in Neiden, Norway and the Skolt Sámi Heritage House in Sevettijärvi-Näätämö, Finland. It is written with choices in patterning, crown decrease and toppers.

Required Tools and Materials:

The materials fee for this course is for the pattern provided upon registration. 

Students will need to supply: 

  • One ball of worsted weight yarn in MC and two contrasting colors
  • Accompanying 16 in circ needle and double points in size needed to achieve a gauge of 20 sts and 28 rows to a 4 in swatch 
  • Additional 16 in circ needle one size smaller. 

Instructor recommends Cascade 220, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 220 yards (200 m)/100 gram (3.5 oz) skein, 1 skein each of Natural #8010 (MC), Ruby #9404 (CC1), and Blue Velvet #7818 (CC2), or
ALTERNATE YARN Berroco, Ultra Wool, 219 yards (200 m)/100 g (3.5 oz) ball, 1 skein each
of #3301 (MC), #3350 (CC1), #33156 (CC2) and 16 in circ needles size 4 (3.5 mm) and size 6 (4 mm), set of 5 double pointed needles size 6 (4 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

  • Markers (m)
  • Tapestry needle

HOMEWORK Do ribbing as follows: With MC and smaller circ needle, cast on the number of stitches for the size of hat you are making. Pm to indicate beg of rnd and join in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Work in k2, p2 rib for required length stated in the pattern. With larger circ needle, work 1 rnd in MC.

Optional Tools and Materials:

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

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