"Arne and Carlos love Christmas and decorating their Norwegian home. The Christmas balls they designed are in the Scandinavian tradition. These are perfect to knit for gifts as they are fast and require small amounts of yarn. . . . A quirky and enjoyable book that works as a coffee table book." www.examiner.com
"I'd never heard of them before, but I'm kind of in love with Arne & Carlos. . . . This book is worth a look just to see their amazing inspiration books, which clearly illustrate where the ideas for different motifs came from. [These range] from religious-themed ornaments to hearts, reindeer, Christmas trees, skiers, sledders, even a witch." www.knitting.about.com
"Knitting holiday ornaments is a lot like eating potato chips: Betcha can't stop at just one! Arne & Carlos, well-known Scandinavian designers, have incorporated berries, snowflakes, animals, traditional motifs, and original patterns into Christmas ornaments that are sure to become cherished heirlooms." Knit 'n Style (September 2011)
"The charted patterns for the motifs could easily be adapted to other projects such as mittens. Recommended for advanced beginners comfortable with Fair Isle up to expert knitters, especially those curious about holiday traditions in other countries." www.LibraryJournal.com (September 15, 2011)
"Arne & Carlos have drawn on traditional Scandinavian influences to come up with Christmas balls incorporating classic holiday graphics such as snowflakes, berries, and angels as well as more ornate patterns found in Nordic knitwear. A delightful book to look through." Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine
"Speaking of gifts, you'll want to knit a few hundred of these ornaments for the holidays designed by Arne & Carlos. Use them to mark place settings, delight hostesses, create centerpieces, festoon wreaths or adorn your tree-or all of the above." —Vogue Knitting (October 15, 2011)
"In addition to the step-by-step instructions for making the Christmas ball and the 55 different designs, in this book you'll find many photographs of vintage ornaments and other sources of inspiration shared by the designers." —Living Crafts (November 2011)
"Featuring the unique designs of Scandinavian duo Arne and Carlos, this book features one basic pattern, instructions on how to knit a ball shape, and then 55 variations or designs pulled from traditional Scandinavian sweaters based on holiday themes. This book would make an excellent gift for a knitter, and the aesthetic fits perfectly into the current DYI trends." —Portland Book Review (November 2012)
From the Inside Flap
Since 2002, Scandinavian knitting sensations Arne and Carlos have used their unique style sense to translate traditional Scandinavian knitwear designs into individual patterns perfect for holiday décor. Here they share 55 hand-stitched knits on a super-small scaleprojects that take little time to make and minimal effort to make well. The result? Knitting that’s fast and fun, whatever your skill level.
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You’ll find bold ornament designs in red, white, green, black, blue, and multiple colors, some with a touch of silver or novelty yarn for visual texture. The array of knitted decorations feature classic holiday graphics such as snowflakes, berries, bows, angels, and animals, as well as more ornate patterns often found in Scandinavian sweaters, hats, and mittens.
Whether giving hand-made gifts or adding a touch of holiday cheer to your home or business, you’ll find the step-by-step instructions and fascinating mix of contemporary and vintage color photographs in 55 Christmas Balls to Knit the ideal learning toolsclear, descriptive, and quirky-cool.
With techniques, patterns, and sources of inspiration fondly shared by the designers, you’ll be outright charmed by Arne and Carlos. Their knitting antics are the perfect recipe for holiday décor that is colorful, festive, and delightful.