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Nordic Knits: 29 Stylish Small Projects Paperback – November 9, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


“This book offers something for every skill level with a range of pattern complexity. I fell in love with the Fair Isle hat and scarf set with matching legwarmers, the cabled hat and scarf set with matching socks; the stylish Fair Isle vest for women; the traditional Norwegian vest for men; the toasty cabled poncho and the cabled snood with matching socks. I was delighted with the selection of accessories such as totes, bags, and home items with traditional reindeeer, heart, and snowflake motifs. Most patterns in this book are both quick knits and highly-portable projects. Practical, contemporary, and yet traditional, Nordic Knits is an excellent book for those looking to branch into Scandinavian designs with easy-to-follow instructions and charts that also include knitting tips and techniques.” ―Tina Sanders, knitcircus

“Aside from the delightful patterns, the rich soft color palette, and natural tweed and vegetable dyed yarns, gives these projects of Northern Europe the added appeal of the original homespun yarns.... The photographs and projects in this book shout home, family, and winter all balled up in the warmth of hand knit.... You will be happy there is snow on the ground and the fire is roaring when you look through this book. Remember, these smallish projects can be taken to-go.” ―Paula Moliver, Hartford Knitting Examiner

About the Author

MARTIN STOREY is renowned for his truly elegant knitwear designs. He worked for trend-setting company Artwork on leaving college and since then has been a major force in Rowan Yarns, designing for their Classic Range. He is the coauthor/designer of Knitting Goes Large, Classic Knits for Men, and Classic Knits for Real Women.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312646577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312646578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,520,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marten Storey is a rising star whose patterns are very popular with knitters. This book is not an example of the kind of patterns that have made him popular. Instead it is a book of a generic patterns that with a couple of exceptions are knit with Rowan Felted Tweed. He takes a couple of standard Nordic colorwork patterns and pastes them on to different items. The book includes patters for a basic hat, gloves, socks, pillow, scarves each containing a colorwork pattern. Many of the projects have exactly the same motif slapped on them as in, did you know you could put this on the border of a sock, and the same patter around a vest, and the same pattern on a scarf, and the same exact pattern on a hat and even use a single repeat on a - wait for it - square coaster. Storey doesn't even bother to give alternative colorways or vary the scale, he just takes the identical pattern and uses them over and over again. The pattern and color choice is attractive, and their positioning is pleasing, but it reads more like it was intended to be in a couple of leaflets for Felted Tweed yarn that someone decided to encase in a book. A very disapointing debut for such a talented designer.
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Beautiful patterns, pictures and photography as is usual for Rowan pattern and books. I bought this because my husband is Danish, and I wanted to knit a few things for the family. Well, Thora was my second attempt to knit from this book, the first leaving me feeling stupid after I started it (I really thought it was me, or the differences in English and American written patterns), when I got half way through Thora, after ripping it our several times already, I discovered I would have to yet again rip out half the project. I should explain that I've been knitting for 10+ years. I teach knitting. I work in a yarn store. I spin my own yarn. I am not stupid when it comes to knitting. In short, if you enjoy ripping out more than you leave on the needles, this book may be for you. If not, you're like me and probably would agree this book is an exercise in frustration and there is a special level of knitter's hell for Martin Storey...
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I honestly do not know what these other reviewers are talking about. Like one of them, I am an experience knitter, have taught knitting, etc. This is one of my most treasured pattern books, worthy even as a coffee table book. Beautiful patterns!!...as to the reviewer who mentioned that Martin Storey just slapped the same motif on a hat that he did on a scarf, on a pair of mittens......last I checked that was called a matching set and each one is adorable. The patterns are not for novices but if you are new to knitting it's certainly a book to be inspired by. Love, love, love this pattern book. He has such a variety of patterns in it: beautiful hat/scarf/mitten sets, apparel for men and women, socks, bags, and items for the home. Not all of the patterns are done in Rowan Felted Tweed, but they are all in Rowan yarns. Marten Storey works for Rowan and I would venture to guess that the book was commissioned by Rowan yarns. I don't understand why that was such a negative according to one of the reviewers. Not to mention that Rowan yarns are fabulous and readily available. My neighbor and fellow knitter knitted Thora and although the Kidsilk Haze is a difficult yarn to work with because of the haze (which also makes it beautiful) there was nothing wrong with the pattern. I have knitted several items from this book and have purchased the yarn to knit several more.
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