Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles

Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles

by Lucinda Guy
     
 

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Inspired by folk traditions and the wholesome purity of natural wool yarns, this collection of 20 stunning patterns for both traditional and contemporary women’s garments and accessories is perfect for the modern knitter. The traditions of the quintessential knitting cultures of Iceland, Shetland, Norway, and Sweden are examined, from descriptions of the

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Inspired by folk traditions and the wholesome purity of natural wool yarns, this collection of 20 stunning patterns for both traditional and contemporary women’s garments and accessories is perfect for the modern knitter. The traditions of the quintessential knitting cultures of Iceland, Shetland, Norway, and Sweden are examined, from descriptions of the wools and yarns to the history of the clothing traditionally made from them, including breathtaking photomontages of these classic vintage styles. Exploring a range of techniques and knitwear construction, the projects in this guide feature knitting in the round, steeking, lace, cables, Fair Isle, twined knitting, and embroidery and show how to create pieces such as cardigans, sweaters, blouses, scarves, and hats.

Editorial Reviews

Twist Collective blog
A gorgeous collection of designs.
Austin American-Statesman
Wow. Beautiful projects ... Pretty, pretty
Knitty.com
The designs are wonderfully feminine and light feeling, not the heavy, thick yarned sweaters sometimes associated with these regions ... It has a fresh quality.
Yarn Market News

Fans of Guy who know the author only for her whimsically illustrated kiddie knit lit will be happy to see how charmingly her classic aesthetic grows up. Visiting Northern Europe on her needles, Guy celebrates the folk knitting prevalent in that part of the world... It's a grand tour, indeed.

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"A gorgeous collection of designs." - Twist Collective blog

"Wow. Beautiful projects...Pretty, pretty." - Austin American-Statesman

"Fans of Guy who know the author only for her whimsically illustrated kiddie knit lit will be happy to see how charmingly her classic aesthetic grows up. Visiting Northern Europe on her needles, Guy celebrates the folk knitting prevalent in that part of the world...It's a grand tour, indeed." - Yarn Market News

"Part knitting book, part armchair traveler's guide, Northern Knits is perfect for anyone who wants a deeper knowledge of the history of the knitting cultures of Iceland, Shetland, Norway, and Sweden...Knitwear and textile designer Lucinda Guy is your guide to learning the time-tested Nordic techniques of knitting in the round, steeking, lace, cables, Fair Isle, twined knitting and embroidery." - Scandanavian

"Charming and beautiful." - KnittingScholar.com

"The designs are wonderfully feminine and light feeling, not the heavy, thick yarned sweaters sometimes associated with these regions. It has a fresh quality." - Knitty.com

"Lucinda Guy's Northern Knits is a gorgeous collection of designs, all inspired by the knitting traditions of a particular corner of the Western Hemisphere that is almost as famous as Lucinda Guy is among knitters for a particularly charming take on the knitted garment. It's a natural combination, and the result is a book that will most likely tempt you to make a few things." - Twist Collective Blog

Library Journal
When most knitters think of northern European knitting, they think of Fair Isle color work, often in the form of mittens or ski sweaters. While Guy, a knitwear designer who's written knitting books for children, includes a good amount of color work, she also expands knitters' notion of what northern European knitting is. The patterns are grouped by country, and many use fibers or yarns native to each region (sources for acquiring the yarn are also included). While many of the patterns are best attempted by advanced knitters, there are a few smaller garments that could provide a nice introduction to color work for newer knitters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620331613
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
02/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
637,757
File size:
19 MB
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Meet the Author

Lucinda Guy is a knitwear and textile designer with more than 20 years of experience. Creations developed under her own label have been represented by retail outlets such as Paul Smith, the Conran Shop, and The Crafts Council (UK), and she has successfully sold designs to Edina Ronay, Laura Ashley, Marks and Spencer, and Rowan Yarns. She is the author of more than five books, including And So to Bed, Handknits for Kids, and Kids Learn to Knit.

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