The Faroe Islands, a far-flung archipelago lying halfway between Norway and Iceland, have a rich and longstanding knitting traditionknitting 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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About the Author
Faroese, living in Dale in Norway
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
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 ContentsHans Marius Debes 8
Knitting on the Faroe Islands 11
Basic Knitting Tips 14
Read through the Entire Pattern first
Picking up and Knitting Stitches 15
Working Back and Forth or Making a Steek?
Bind off or Set Aside Stitches?
Reinforcing and Cutting Steeks
Sailor’s Sweater Motifs 19
Sailor’s Sweater 24
Seven Stars 43
Urd (a Goddess of Fate) 61
Underwear Motifs 84
A Large Family 101
A Large Family for Children 109
Men’s Sweater Motifs 139
The Tailor 141
Women’s Sweater Motifs 146
Anna Kathrina Súsanna 149
Anna Maria 171
Anna Sofía 187
Maria Christina 191
Tova Poncho 199