Faroe Island Knits: Over 50 Traditional Motifs and 25 Projects from the North Atlantic

Faroe Island Knits: Over 50 Traditional Motifs and 25 Projects from the North Atlantic

by Svanhild Strom, Marjun Biskopsto

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Overview

The rich and fascinating pattern traditions of the Faroe Islands, at your fingertips.

The Faroe Islands, a far-flung archipelago lying halfway between Norway and Iceland, have a rich and longstanding knitting tradition—knitting was once one of their largest export industries, as well as a dearly-loved pastime. Inspired by this bountiful heritage, knit designer Svanhild Strøm and her mother Marjun Biskopstø have brought contemporary style and classic Faroese motifs together in this striking collection of patterns, now available in English at last. 52 traditional Faroese designs come to life in a unique and eye-catching trove for any knitter with an interest in the twists, turns, and hidden treasures of Nordic knitting history.


  • Learn about the traditions and culture of these fascinating islands
  • Follow the footsteps of each motif through folk history, painstaking documentation, and living memory
  • Discover the beauty and flexibility of traditional patterning
  • Knit hats, sweaters, tunics, jackets, socks, slippers and more, including designs for men and women, children and adults



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570768637
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Svanhild Strøm, birth date 4/5/1979
Faroese, living in Dale in Norway
Education:
2002 - Fashion designer and product developer– Danish academy of technology and design part-time working as the lead designer for the Norwegian knitwear company “Dale of Norway”.

Marjun Biskopstø, birth date 4/18/1960
Faroese, living in Kvívík in The Faroe Islands
Education:
2014 - History and culture of Textiles
1996 – psychiatric nurse
1985 – hospital nurse
We descend from a family were handicrafts have been a natural and important part of daily life and the knowledge and expertise has been handed over for generations. The special interest in textiles and artisan work has been passed from mother to daughter going back 4 generations.
Sharing this same interest, it was natural for us to make this book together. We wished to shed a light upon our beautiful Faroese cultural heritage. Letting people discover it in a new light, and thus, when knitting these historical patterns, honoring the artisans before our time.

Table of Contents

Hans Marius Debes 8


Knitting on the Faroe Islands 11


Basic Knitting Tips 14


Read through the Entire Pattern first


Gauge


Short Rows


Buttonholes


Picking up and Knitting Stitches 15


Working Back and Forth or Making a Steek?


Steeking


Bind off or Set Aside Stitches?


Reinforcing and Cutting Steeks


Attaching Sleeves


Facings 16


Abbreviations 16


Sailor’s Sweater Motifs 19


Sailor’s Sweater 24


Sigrid 35


Seven Stars 43


Ingibjørg 51


Poula 57


Urd (a Goddess of Fate) 61


Lena 67


Jacobina 73


Socks 79


Underwear Motifs 84


Sigvald 87


Tróndur 93


Panels 99


A Large Family 101


A Large Family for Children 109


Sandoyargentan 115


Malena 123


Elin 131


Men’s Sweater Motifs 139


The Tailor 141


Women’s Sweater Motifs 146


Anna Kathrina Súsanna 149


Beinta 157


Rakul 163


Anna Maria 171


Josefina 179


Anna Sofía 187


Maria Christina 191


Tova Poncho 199


Slippers 207


Acknowledgements 218


Bibliography 220


Copyright 221

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