Knit Trigger Mitts Make a Big Comeback Thanks To Two Newfoundland Knitters

Knit Trigger Mitts Make a Big Comeback Thanks To Two Newfoundland Knitters

I love this story so much … Newfoundland knitters Shirley Scott and Christine LeGrow saw that their province was losing a tradition – the knit trigger mitten.

“Called trigger mitts because they were originally used by men who hunted seabirds, the mitts are part-glove, with a separate thumb and index finger, and part-mitten, with a hand to keep the other three fingers toasty. They were designed to free up hunters’ fingers to use a rifle.” – via CBC

Trigger Mitts Make a Big Comeback

So they put together a pattern book which includes instructions for making trigger mitts, as well as traditional Newfoundland designs for conventional mittens and gloves. The patterns were painstakingly recreated through buying pairs from thrift shops and church sales and analyzing the stitches. So amazing!

Read more via CBC.

Get a copy of the book, Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland: More than 20 heritage designs to knit.

Trigger Mitts Make a Big Comeback

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