Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

Three fingers are kept together for warmth, while the index or ‘trigger’ finger and thumb are separated in these traditional mittens from Newfoundland and Labrador. I first came across the concept at a 2011 David Blackwood exhibition at the AGO in Toronto. Blackwood is a printmaker, known for his use of the intaglio technique where depressions are cut into a printing plate. He also works in woodcuts, paintings and drawings. I loved this etching, For Edgar Glover: The Splitting Table (Emma Butler Gallery), in particular.

For Edgar Glover: The Splitting Table by David Blackwood, 1999 (Emma Butler Gallery)

For Edgar Glover: The Splitting Table by David Blackwood, 1999 (Emma Butler Gallery)

I’ve dug up a couple of patterns in the years since: Mrs. Martin’s Finger Mitts by Harriet Pardy Martin, which was published in Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen; and the one I ultimately used to make these mitts for Chris, which is from Operation Homespun: Traditional knitting patterns of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

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7 Responses to “Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens”

  1. Jorge Rouge Says:

    Where did You ever find that wonderful green moss this time of year or is the photo from last spring after the snow melt ?? Nice to read your details from each creation . well done . Hail hot paprika in hash browns last nite .

  2. Laura Michelle Says:

    Thank you! That moss is from the bridge at the start of the Little Sliammon Lake trail. Nothing that green this time of year in Ontario!

  3. Debbie Henderson Says:

    These mittens are awesome!! Where could i find a pattern to be able to knit them? I live in Alberta.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Laura Michelle Says:

    Thanks, Debbie! I love them too. It’s kind of a mashup of two patterns: Mrs. Martin’s Finger Mitts in Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen (available from Indigo or you could have luck with your library, they have it in Toronto) and Operation Homespun, which you can order from the Anna Templeton Centre in Newfoundland.

  5. Geotgina Says:

    I have been trying to find a place where I can purchase patterns for these mitten…I would be gratefull if someone could point me in the right direction…Thank you..

    Georgina

  6. Laura Michelle Says:

    Hi Georgina – I based my mittens off of two patterns: Mrs. Martin’s Finger Mitts in Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen (the book is readily available; I found a copy at our local library) and Operation Homespun, which you can order from the Anna Templeton Centre in Newfoundland.

  7. Lori Dalley Says:

    I am trying to find this pattern for the mittens. Is there anywhere I could go or is it available for purchase?

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