- Hardcover: 129 pages
- Publisher: Unicorn Books and Crafts (May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893063011
- ISBN-13: 978-1893063013
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Norsk Strikkedesign: A Collection from Norway's Foremost Knitting Designers Hardcover – May, 2002
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First, while there are 22 sweaters in here, finishing out at everything from 30 to 56 inches, each one generally has a single size. Even when there appear to be size choices, they are so nonstandard as to be largely useless: one sweater comes in two sizes with identical circumference, but one is 1.5 inches longer than the other. Each knitter can expect to find only one or two sweaters in her size, not 22 choices of what to knit.
Then there are the instructions. They are charted, but the charts are very small -- 24 rows to the inch, in some cases, and the squares are in colors like dark blue and black, so following these charts will be about the same as copying a design from a commercially-knitted sweater. In real life, we will probably have to re-chart these, or at least keep a magnifiying glass handy. The directions for one hat tell us to embroider a flower according to the picture, and then include no picture which actually shows the flower on the hat in question. I haven't yet attempted to knit anything from these instructions, but anyone planning to should be prepared to add some creativity to the process.
Now consider the designs themselves. We may rave about them as art objects, but in fact there aren't more than three that would be wearable and stylish as they are written. In general, they are oversized sweaters with boxy shapes and drop sleeves. The colorwork is dramatic and lovely, but enormous. Most of us will look like refrigerators if we wear these.Read more ›
But if you flip through, the work is so gorgeous that you actually find yourself wanting to dare... I actually bought the yarn pack for the cover pattern (Season of Darkness and Winter Light). The designs are gorgeous. It is if nothing else, extremely drool-inspiring. [...].
So why only four stars? Because, for a very expensive book that was meant to be used, there are some flaws. You get one photo of each piece, and, as so often in this kind of book, "art" triumphs over usefulness in some of the photos. There are models where you can't see details of the garment that would really help you understand what it looks like in real life, and whether you want to spend months making it. There are tiny additional shots of some of the garments, but that's not enough, in my opinion. The graphs are large and complete, which is great, and printed in full color. But in some cases, the colors are so dark, or so lacking in contrast, as to make them very hard on the eyes.
I got this book because I want to make one of the designs, and found several others I love--so I feel the money I spent was worth it, especially as my chosen design has a couple of those tiny extra photos.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book for any knitter with skills above early beginner. The layout is lovely and the patterns are easily defined.Published on March 8, 2014 by KnitterNatter
Well written and artistically designed. The photographs of the modeled garments are realistic and at least somewhat helpful (there sure could be more views) as well as... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Kari M. Marchant
Beautiful and inspiring designs. Not sure I'll ever get around to them but this is definitely a must have for the eye candy.Published on February 20, 2013 by Levis_mama
I can only aspire to these exquisite pieces of design and workmanship. I didn't see anything I could knit today, maybe in a year, or two, or three. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Arlynn Grimm
It wase not a new book but it is as good as new, and I got it fast from the dealer.Published on August 5, 2012 by optimus
This is an eyecatching coffee table book, which will make you yearn to start a new knitting project. However, none of the sweaters are actually wearable as presented. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by Jackie Lee
Knitting patterns for the advanced knitter, not for adventurous novices. Skills needed include stranded knitting FLAT, not in the round. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by Leah Manney
I wish I hadn't bought this book. Fibermom "chomposy"'s excellent review said it all. Except for the cute cat motif pullover for little girls, I can't imagine anyone actually... Read morePublished on May 10, 2007 by Jean Harris