- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Collins & Brown (February 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908449470
- ISBN-13: 978-1908449474
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knit Nordic: 20 Contemporary Accessories Inspired by 4 Traditional Sweater Patterns Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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The pattern section of the book is organized by these stitch patterns. The first section is Marius, and includes a handbag, teddy bear, racerback style tank top, hotpants, and Christmas Stocking. Setesdal includes a necktie, fingerless gloves, Ipad cover, and beanie style hat. The Fana set of patterns includes a french coffee press cozy, a round tam hat, a shoulder warmer style half sweater, and cozies for drinking glasses. The Voss patterns include a potholder, a toilet paper roll cover, a snood, a throw pillow, and an Iphone cover.
After reading that list, you have a good idea right there if this is a book that would interest you. This is basically a collection of items that you may or may not want, all with very traditional Norwegian stitch patterns. Personally, I think the idea of having a french coffeepress cozy is brilliant, as the presses make nice coffee, but chill down too quickly. A coffee press cozy with some of my favorite knitted designs is very appealing to me. On the other hand are the patterns like the toilet paper roll cover and the knitted drinking glass cozies. These seem to me to be the kind of thing that someone would knit either as a gag gift or because they have an over the top knitting obsession. I can think of far more attractive and useful places to put Norwegian stitch patterns besides a toilet paper roll cover or cozy for a cold drink glass.
The knitted hot pants initially were a big turn off for me. Author Oftedal points out that the hot pants may not be the kind of thing that your grandmother would have knitted, but that they are great over tights on the weekend. I tried really hard to picture myself hanging out at home in the winter, wearing these hotpants over leggings, and answering my front door for an unexpected guest while dressed in the hotpants. Not for me! i then showed the Hotpants photo to my 13 year old daughter, and asked if she would ever wear them, and she told me she wants me to knit them for her - so it may be a generational thing.
Patterns I am particularly interested in include the coffee press cozy, the knit teddy bear, and the Christmas stocking. Each one of these patterns looks very traditional and timeless. The teddy bear has a plain, solid face, and a patterned body, as though he is wearing a permanent ski sweater. The Christmas stocking looks like a Norwegian sock knit to the dimensions of a Christmas stocking.
At the end of the book is a brief explanation of techniques necessary for knitting the Nordic patterns. Knitting in the round has a brief explanation of how to use double pointed needles and circular needles. Stranded knitting explains how to hold the two colors and what the common pitfalls are in relation to gauge and switching colors. Using charts and finishing tips are also included. None of these techniques include a step-by-step photo tutorial to guide someone through. Because of this, I think the book is appropriate for intermediate level knitters who are already familiar with two-stranded knitting, circular knitting, using charts, and finishing projects. It is good that the book has this material, but it is suited more to being a reference for someone who is familiar already than someone trying these for the first time. If you love these patterns and want to use this book for your first foray into Nordic two-stranded knitting, you may want to find some online tutorials, or a trusted, experienced knitter who can show you what you need to know.
The patterns use worsted and double knitting (DK) weight yarn. These are common yarn weights that can be found easily in many price ranges. The amount needed for each is given in grams rather than meters or yards, so be prepared to look for yarn weight of yarn you purchase for these projects. Each pattern is given a skill level, ranging from easy to advanced. These levels do not correlate to the standards given by the Craft Yarn Council of America - you need to be comfortable with two color stranded knitting for each of these patterns.
The projects are all beautifully photographed, and show the stitch patterns well. Intermediate and advanced knitters who really love traditional Norwegian stitch patterns and want to make more modern projects featuring these stitches will find something to love in this book.
Note: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher to review for my knitting site at BellaOnline.com. All of my reviews are my honest opinion.
I learned a few things about knitting from this book. First of all, be careful when you choose your wool colours. Whole balls of yarn side by side do not give the correct contrast when used in a nordic knitting project. Take a picture and look at it in black and white so that you can see the contrast. Also, nordic knits are very warm because they are insulated due to the double layer of yarn.
There was a helpful knitting needle conversion chart as well as a glossary of terms.
I highly recommend this book to knitters of all levels. I would love to have this in hard copy.
This is a very useful and fun knitting pattern book. Ms. Oftedal takes four classic Norwegian sweaters (the Setesdal sweater, the Fana cardigan,the Marius ski sweater and the Voss cardigan - she kindly includes discussions of their dominant stitch patterns,designs,history and place in Norwegian culture) and adapts and evolves these classics into creative and approachable modern patterns.
I really like these patterns and her approach to updating traditional styles. The garments and accessories are usable and fun (everything from attractive sweaters to hotpants to IPad covers).
The instructions are very clear and concise. Most knitters of any skill level should be able to follow them. The photography is beautiful, with excellent photos of the finished knitted items interspersed with lovely Norwegian landscapes.
I highly recommend this book. Very well done!
Scandinavian knitting designs have always been rather elusive to me because of the lack of available patterns and books. This book is an excellent introduction, especially for someone like me who lives on the other side of the world. I'm really glad I found it on Amazon.
So far, I've knitted a few smaller projects so far and can't wait to give them away as unique Christmas presents!