Norwegian Handknits collects thirty patterns for colorful folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters—all inspired by traditional knits housed in Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa. As the premier center for Norwegian-American heritage in the United States, Vesterheim is home to the world’s most extensive collections of textiles and handknits made by Norwegian immigrants in America and their ancestors from the Old World, providing a link between today’s culture and a rich past. With an introduction reflecting on the history of Norwegian-style knitting and the stories behind the handknits that inspired the patterns, the book is at once a practical guide, a repository of cultural history, and a lovely look at one of the rich traditions knit into the American fabric. Vintage photographs, Norwegian folklore, and recipes accompany the patterns.
Sue Flanders has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On, and two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting in America and Kids Knits. She lives in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.
Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict. Janine works at Three Kitten’s Yarn Shop in St. Paul and teaches knitting and tatting workshops at many Twin Cities area knitting and needlework shops.
Good info, patterns are easy to follow with clear concise instructions and charts.
The book contains a history of Norwegian knitting, stories about what inspired the handknits, 30 patterns, beautiful photographs, and lots of folklore and traditions.
The patterns that interest me least are the ones that are "inspired" by motifs lifted from items in the collection.
The museum was near where I grew up as a child, many photos are of my neighbors and relatives and I had to have the book for that reason. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Judy B
Norwegian Handknits by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel
This is a fun book, with historical details and beautiful pictures, and some tasty looking recipes thrown in. Read more
I took this out of the library and made the icelandic mittens....so beautiful. The patterns are great and I will use them over and over again for other things. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Krista
Good info, patterns are easy to follow with clear concise instructions and charts. Thank you very much for 5 star servicePublished 12 months ago by KnitterNatter
This hardbound edition of Norwegian Handknits is in excellent condition. The print, color, and paper qualities of the book are extremely good.Published 12 months ago by Tess
This is a great book if you appreciate the history of knitting as well as the art of knitting. The author provides nice colored pictures of the project and step by step... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are several wonderful patterns in this book. I also liked the pictures of immigrants interspersed throughout the book and other bits of Scandinavian immigrant history.Published 15 months ago by Judith Canney
Too many errors! I had to sit down and figure out how to deal with non-matching graph/text issues as well as having to very carefully read ahead (to make sure the text was not full... Read morePublished 15 months ago by avidbookreader