Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum

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Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, is one of the premiere centers for Norwegian-American heritage in the United States.  As such, it houses one of the country’s most extensive collections of the textiles and handknits that have woven ties between Norwegian communities in America and the Old World, between today’s culture and a rich past.  This book collects thirty patterns for handknits from Vesterheim—folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters—all inspired by ...

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Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, is one of the premiere centers for Norwegian-American heritage in the United States.  As such, it houses one of the country’s most extensive collections of the textiles and handknits that have woven ties between Norwegian communities in America and the Old World, between today’s culture and a rich past.  This book collects thirty patterns for handknits from Vesterheim—folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters—all inspired by traditional knits housed in the museum.  With an introduction reflecting on the history of Norwegian-style knitting and the stories behind the handknits that inspired the patterns, the book is at once a practical guide, a repository of cultural history, and a lovely look at one of the rich traditions knit into the American fabric.  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760334287
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict. Janine works at Three Kitten\u2019s Yarn Shop in St. Paul and teaches knitting and tatting workshops at many Twin Cities area knitting and needlework shops.Sue Flanders has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications including Interweave Knits, Knitter's magazine, Cast-On, and two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting in America and Kids Knits. She lives in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict. Janine works at Three Kitten's Yarn Shop in St. Paul and teaches knitting and tatting workshops at many Twin Cities area knitting and needlework shops.

Sue Flanders has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications, including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On and in two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting America and Kids Knitting. She is co-author of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum (Voyageur Press, 2009) and Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs (Voyageur Press, 2012).

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    very appealing but perhaps not worth the cost in the long run

    I stumbled across this book at a yarn store, and paged thru. I liked the layout, and the photos are decent except for a blatant lack of variety. The author took the photos herself, using her child as the sole model (save one guy/gal photo. why is that? the girl is nice looking but the photos need much retouching for adolescent skin issues; moreover, it would have been better to have a variety of people, of all ages and shapes). When paying $30 for a book, you expect a little more professionalism in that area. I was disappointed to only see one decent sweater design, when that is what I like to knit the most. Knitted backpacks and pillows are just not my cup of tea and I don't see them in use anywhere---but sweaters, especially cardigans, say "Norwegian" all by themselves. Another curious finding is the yarn choices---Cascade 220 is recommended, but it knits at a much larger gauge. I didn't have time to read all the historical data, but my brain sort of says Norwegian knitting ought to be done not with a soft Peruvian wool, but a sturdy Norwegian wool, like Heilo. Some designs do specify Heilo. Some others specify Falk (a super slippery "fake" Heilo). Perhaps the current sparse collection of Heilo colors, compared to the rich palette of Cascade220, was too compelling to preserve any allegiance to a true Norwegian wool. Basically, this is a nice book, but there are others out there (or coming up) which have many more SWEATERS, so I'm not sure I'll actually purchase this one. There is a book due out soon, The New STranded Colorwork, which has at least 4 sweaters in it that I would love to knit, and it is not priced at $30.00. Do the math.

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