Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles

Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles

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By (author) Lucinda Guy

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  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 228mm x 14mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Loveland, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1596681713
  • ISBN 13: 9781596681712
  • Illustrations note: 80 illustrations, colour
  • Sales rank: 72,933

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Explore the Historical Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles Journey with textile and knitwear designer Lucinda Guy to some of the most cherished historical regions for handicrafts, folk art, and knitting with Northern Knits. Throughout this inspiring book, Lucinda reveals the rich beauty of Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Shetland folk motifs and traditions in 20 gorgeous women's clothing and accessories projects. From knitting in the round and twined knitting to embroidery and embellishments, each stunning project embraces the traditional techniques that knitters have treasured through the years. Lucinda notes, "The designs in Northern Knits, all of which are knitted in purl woolen yarns unique to each country, are knitted in true handicraft fashion. Each project is not only inspired directly from the past but also includes elements from a rich heritage of folk art to create something new and contemporary." Including soft pullovers, sweet shawls, warm mittens, adorable totes, cozy socks, and much more, this treasure trove of projects bridges traditional style with contemporary touches.

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Lucinda Guy is a knitwear designer and author of several books, including Northern Knits (Interweave, 2010) and Northern Knits Gifts (Interweave, 2012). She combines her love of folk art and traditional knitting techniques to create clothes and accessories for adults and children. She lives and teaches in England. Visit her online at www.lucindaguy.com

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"Northern Knits" opens with an introduction that explores the traditions of quintessential European knitting cultures, from the wool and yarns to the history of the garments traditionally made from them. Accompanying the information is a breathtaking montage of photos showing vintage traditional garments and landscapes. The collection of 20 women's garments and accessories uses traditional knitting techniques and folk motifs inspired by these regions to showcase these classic wool yarns. The projects explore a range of techniques and knitwear construction ideas that are both interesting to knit and very wearable. Featured techniques include: Knitting in the round Lace Fair Isle Twined knitting Embroidery Lucinda Guy's newest collection includes the best of new and old in knitwear: the inspiration of folk traditions, the wholesome purity of natural wool yarns, and the styles of today's knitter.-shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk Celebrate the traditions and history of wool with this lovely book. It opens with an introduction that explores the tradition of European knitting cultures, from the wool and yarns to the history of traditionally made garments. A montage of photos is included showing vintage traditional garments, landscapes and sheep from Iceland, Shetland, Norway and Sweden. The collection of 20 women's hand knit garments and accessories uses traditional knitting techniques and folk motifs inspired by these regions to showcase classic wool yarns. Lucinda Guy's newest collection includes the best of new and old knitwear, the inspiration of folk traditions, the wholesome purity of natural wool yarns and the styles of today's knitter.-Machine Knitting Monthly A collection of women's sweaters and tops with socks, hats, gloves and mittens and a bag all beautifully photographed and using yarns from the individual countries: Alafoss, Istex, Dale of Norway, Lodband, Jamieson & Smith and Ullcentrum Oland. A good excuse for an internet shopping spree?-SlipKnot Folk traditions, classic design, beautiful yarn - what more could a knitter ask for? With a background introduction to the areas covered and a how to knit, we get into the 'meat' of the book - 19 pattens inspired by the traditional knitting of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the lovely Shetland Isles. Without doubt, the best pattern for me is Effie - a true fair-isle and very handsome indeed. I would knit at least thirteen of these and thought the standard of design very high and suitable for many knitters and age groups. Personally I am not fond of knitting in the round. As always with American books, check your tension with your substitute yarn, there is one British supplier included. Fortunately the pattens I like best are from this British supplier, so no problem with yarn finding there.-Karenplatt.co.uk This beautifully illustrated book explores the tradition and history of European knitting in Scandinavian culture, focusing on the collective creative traditions shared by Iceland, Shetland, Norway and Sweden. Each chapter starts with a fascinating overview of the history of knitting in that region, illustrated with gorgeous landscapes. Wherever possible, local yarns are used to add that authentic touch. Whether you fancy trying your hand at Shetland lace, 1950s-style Norwegian skiwear or Icelandic shawls, there's something to interest every knitter. Highlights include the Swedish lace sweater featured on the cover, which is beautifully styled and very wearable. With 20 garments and accessories to choose from, this book is a great starting point for discovering the vanishing world of Scandinavian folk traditions.-Yarn Forward A collection of women's sweaters and tops with socks, hats, gloves and mittens and a bag all beautifully photographed and using yarns from the individual countries: Alafoss, Istex, Dale of Norway, Looband, Jamieson & Smith and Ullcentrum Oland. A good excuse for an internet shopping spree?-SlipKnot Even if you're not a fan of cold weather you'll find yourself eager to head north to discover the lands that inspired these designs. The book is divided into four sections by country: Iceland, Shetland, Norway and Sweden. Each section begins with a beautiful two-page overview of that place, providing a sense of the setting as well as some interesting details of that location's knitting heritage. The photography by Joe Hancock is exquisite throughout, offsetting Lucinda Guy's designs against soft-focused scenes bathed in clear northern light. The designs are generally very traditional in style, with colourful geometric motifs. We love the 'Marta' embroidered bag in the Swedish section, which embodies the practical yet useful ethos Guy talks about in her introduction. Each item is knitted in Scandinavian yarn of some variety, adding to the authenticity of finished garments like the 'Annemor' pullover in Dale of Norway's pure wool Heilo, and the lovely Shetland-inspired 'Hester' chevron lace pullover in Jamieson & Smith's 2ply jumper yarn. The stitches used are just as important as the yarns. In the case of the chevron lace pullover, that's dimple shale and rib stitch, and Guy's description of it is positively poetic: This stitch is reminiscent of foamy, gently breaking waves on a beach.A" There are also quick knits, including the cute Icelandic inspired 'Yrsa' mitts - perfect for chilly days.-Simply Knitting Presented in a contemporary format the 20 projects in this book have been inspired by the knitting traditions of Iceland, Shetland, Norway and Sweden. The section for each country commences with a brief overview of that region's knitting history and provides an insight into the influences that have shaped its textile tradition. These traditions are closely linked to the local sheep and the distinctive yarns spun from their wool. Projects throughout the book use these traditional yarns, giving an authentic look and feel to the author's take on traditional designs. The designs in many weights and styles are for a range of garments and accessories from socks, hats, bags and shawls to jumpers and jackets. Each project's instructions, including finishing, are clearly laid out over several pages; they are accompanied by colour charts and large clear photographs of the finished item. The glossary and an illustrated technique section will help to achieve a successful result. Though not a beginner's book, some projects are easier than others, it will interest anyone with an interest in practical knitting history and regional knitting techniques. The original yarns, whose specialised properties are highlighted in each section, can be sourced using the suppliers list. As a hand spinner I felt that it would be an interesting challenge to attempt to replicate these yarns, and Lucinda's timeless designs feel worth spinning for.-Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

Table of contents

Introduction Iceland: Hulda striped pullover Ennid shawl Yrsa laceweight fingerless mitts Unnur Icelandic pullover Lilja textured jacket Shetland: Crowning glory shawl Moth short-sleeved top Effie Fair Isle pullover Nell Shetland cap Hester chevron lace pullover Norway: Annemor turtleneck pullover Thora cardigan with pewter clasps Inger ski cap Elise colorwork gloves Liv colorwork socks Sweden: Ola placket pullover Pia laceweight pullover Marta embroidered bag Ulla twined socks Ottilia twined mittens Flossary Sources for supplies Index