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Book Review: Norwegian Handknits – Heirloom designs from Vesterheim Museum



The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen and the original Wallander have not only been spectacular TV but have reminded us of the beauty and artistry of a part of the world that is rarely brought to our attention in the news. Scandawegian drama has
reintroduced us to much of the culture and quite often simple designs that go together to create dramatic effects in knitwear.
Norwegian Handknits takes us on a journey from the very simple, yet essential, hats and mittens through the classic two tone knits which are quintessentially in our minds when we imagine a Norwegian skier to the more intricate multi-coloured designs that are eye-catching ‘must haves’.
Projects here are not restricted to simply jumpers and scarves but also include some beautiful and effective shawls, knapsacks, Sami Sweateer – or hoodie for the Norwegian youth and some rather fine detailing on household accessories and other decoration techniques such as needle felting. This publication gives one a flavour of what can be achieved and certainly leaves one encouraged to discover or rediscover the art of Norwegian knits.
The patterns are interspersed with old photographs and narrative from the museum that make this a mini ethnographic collection of knitting craft. I delightful addition to your knitting collection.

Norwegian Handknits – Heirloom designs from Vesterheim Museum

Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel
ISBN 978-0-7603-3428-7

Dr Mark Fisher is Significant Seams’s Business Development Director, and something of a crafting renaissance man. He tweets over at @Fish_Knits.


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