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In Northern Knits Gifts, knitwear and textile designer Lucinda Guy continues her exploration of folk-knitting traditions in this colorful volume of small projects and accessories. You'll learn some of the traditional knitting techniques of Scandinavia, Estonia, Iceland, and the Faroe and Shetland islands, through modern interpretations of such heritage techniques as twined knitting, two-color knitting, lace techniques, damask, fair isle, embroidery, and rya (knotted knitting ...
In Northern Knits Gifts, knitwear and textile designer Lucinda Guy continues her exploration of folk-knitting traditions in this colorful volume of small projects and accessories. You'll learn some of the traditional knitting techniques of Scandinavia, Estonia, Iceland, and the Faroe and Shetland islands, through modern interpretations of such heritage techniques as twined knitting, two-color knitting, lace techniques, damask, fair isle, embroidery, and rya (knotted knitting similar to shag carpet).
Accompanied by notes on the history and folk culture surrounding each technique, the projects in the book embrace the Danish notion of hygge--taking pleasure in comforting and cozy things, which is often associated with family and close friends. The 20 projects include mittens, socks, hats, scarves, and bags, and are perfect for wearing and gifting. Emphasizing pattern and color, these knitted designs also embody the Scandinavian aesthetic of making utilitarian objects beautiful as well as useful.
Additionally, the book celebrates the specific wools traditionally used in each project. Immerse yourself in Lucinda's world as you enjoy thumbnail sketches of the history and folk culture surrounding each technique.
ICELAND 3 Projects (Yarn: Istex)
1. HAT: Light grey, textured unisex (but to fit a man's size head) beanie in
2. SCARF: A ‘matching’ scarf in Istex Plötulopi.
3. MITTS: Cream and various natural tones, long fingerless mitts with a lace
border and patterned color work in Istex Lodband lace weight yarn (size
SWEDEN 3 Projects (Yarn: Ullcentrum)
1. MITTENS: Petrol and cream colored patterned and embroidered mittens in
Ullcentrum’s 2thread yarn (size medium).
2. HAT: Red twined knitted hat with a simple crook stitch border, small
white pattern detail and tassel (size medium).
3. SCARF: Red and White patterned twined long scarf.
NORWAY 2 Projects (Yarn: Dale of Norway and Hifa)
1. MITTS: One pair of cream colored twined mitts with the ‘wrong side’
showing, simple dark grey and blue embroidery and dark grey fringe (size
2. BABY BLANKET: Babies pram blanket in warm brown with cream pattern and
orange and light pink embroidery highlights knitted in Hifa’s Troll yarn.
(Although the swatch is knitted in blue the final blanket will be in the
soft brown shown in the photo).
ESTONIA 2 Projects (Yarn: Kauni)
1. DOLL: One ‘folksy’ toy doll wearing a stripey skirt and ‘peasant’ blouse
knitted in Kauni yarn.
2. WOMENS CARDIGAN: Women’s lace patterned cardigan in natural/ecru with
bright crochet edgings.
FAROES 2 Projects (Yarn: Sirri)
1. SLIPPERS: Women’s slippers with single snowflake pattern.
2. DOOR STOP: Bird-shaped doorstop with embroidered detail and filled with
FINLAND 4 Projects (Yarn: Riihivila)
1. CHILDS SWEATER: Patterned sweater for a 45 year old child.
2. CHILDS HAT: Patterned ‘matching’ hat for a 45 year old child.
3. MITTENS: Adult patterned mittens.
4. HAT: Adult ‘matching’ patterned hat with pompom.
DENMARK 2 projects (Yarn: Isager)
1. SOCKS: Women’s ‘house’ socks in one color with Damask patterning.
2. CUSHION: Cushion with large stylized flower motif with pattern in
‘damask’ and plenty of colored embroidery and ‘rya’ tufts of color and
Posted April 24, 2013
This book is listed as a Lark Publication. I expected a much better quality book. the promisef discussions of the diffetent Nordic groups and their different styles did not exist. The instructions are not all that great. The projects shown are very dated and look more like they were designed in the 1950,s or 60s. It is truly a waste of money. The only thing it has going for it are a few web sites xat the back of the book gave some imteresting places to look at....but youcould find them in a google search... FOR FREE. Don,t waste your money. And shame on you Lark Press.
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