Scandinavian & European
Here is another simply splendid knitting book from Estonia, recently translated into English, and now on its way to Schoolhouse Press. Estonian Knitting 2, Socks and Stockings by Anu Pink, is in the same mode as Estonian Knitting 1, Traditions & Techniques: It is a beautifully bound hardcover edition, with quality coated stock; excellent historical information; photo-heavy; precise instructions, charts, photos, and illustrations…and nearly 100 more pages than book 1. A thorough covering of the myriad types of traditional socks and stockings in this country, including a dozen methods to turn a heel; various toe shaping; lovely color charts; scores of unique techniques. It is staggering to imagine the amount of time and skill involved in assembling this beautiful tome. Hardcover, 9x12”, 384pp, $87.00Learn More
Over 30 Traditional Motifs and 25 projects from the North Atlantic, Svanhild Strom and Marjun Biskopsto (mother/daughter knitters). The subtitle describes the contents, and you will be captivated by the wonderful sweaters and stunning photography of the unique landscapes of the Faroe Islands. In English. Hardcover.Learn More
$39.95This extraordinary book is now in English, thanks to Carol Rhoades. You will be staggered by variety of charts offered. Historically there is one motif for the cuff, another for the thumb gusset, then a thumb designs, a palm pattern, plus the main motif for the back of the hand. And for that narrow 3 to 5 stitch vertical divider between palm and back, there are no fewer than 60 different charts from which to choose. Hardcover, 296 pp. Published in English, 2019. Learn More
From Marie Wallin: "MEADOW is a collection of seven beautiful Fair Isle and textured stitch designs inspired by the romantic and peaceful landscapes of Britain's spring meadows. The designs in the MEADOW collection are largely inspired by traditional Fair Isle patterns and ornamental design. Many of the shapes are more contemporary in look and styling with some of them being easy to change to a different colour, if so desired." Designs use Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift wool. 2019. Softcover. $36.95Learn More
In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks captivated us from the first glance at its striking photographs and the author's beguiling prose. In the Footsteps of Sheep details the completion of a mission the author, Debbie Zawinski, a Welsh-born Scot, set for herself: to travel and camp throughout Scotland, find cast off tufts of wool from 10 Scottish sheep breeds, then spin the wool on her spinning stick while walking (or waiting for ferries), and finally design and knit one pair of socks to represent each breed...all the while writing about her adventures and taking plenty of photographs. Debbie has written beautifully about her journey; the hills, shorelines, and bogs explored; the sheep and people she met along the way; weather both foul and fair, and a particularly exciting chapter about the intriguing St Kilda archipelago and its feral Soay and Boreray sheep.
The eleven sock patterns, one at the end of each chapter, are a bonus and, for those of us unable to gather and spin our own fleece (!), all were test-knitted with commercial wools. Ten of the patterns represent the different sheep breeds from which Debbie gathered her fleece, and the eleventh combines fleece from all ten breeds into one sock. The designs are knitted from top to toe with different motifs, among them color-patterns, cables, spirals, stripes, Kilt Hose with top-turnovers, and a pair of baby booties. 192 pages, Softcover. (Note to International Customers: I Knit London is a U.K. source and Gemini Fibres is a Canadian source. You may find lower shipping costs by purchasing through suppliers closer to you.)
From In the Footsteps of Sheep: "Here there are no barbed wire fences, no roads, no gates with stiff spring catches; this is a land of heather, moorland grasses and sphagnum moss. The sheep and I can walk anywhere, uninterrupted. The upper moorlands of a hill top world like this are wastelands for some, fit only for wind turbines, but I feel free in a way I can experience nowhere else."
From Felicity Ford, author of Knitsonik: "In the Footsteps of Sheep arrived this morning and you should know that I actually cried for joy just now when I looked through it. What a thoroughly gorgeous and glorious tome, full of sheep and landscapes and knitting with a deeply embedded sense of place. I shall savour every page."
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$60.00A new work from this exceptional designer is cause for celebration. The title means ‘magic’ and the garments/costumes are designed and knitted to illustrate Scottish and Gaelic legends and folklore. The stories will be presented along with illustrative knitted garments. Hardcover. Learn More
$75.00This exceptionally beautiful book begins with Estonian knitting (and nålbinding) history and shows museum items from the 18th and 19th centuries: leg warmers, stockings, mittens & gloves, jackets & jumpers, underwear, caps, shawls & scarves. Tools & Materials is the next chapter, providing color palettes used by eleven Estonian districts. Techniques offers an extensive verbal and visual treatise on over 20 subjects. The numerous varieties of twisted-braids alone may stagger you, along with color pattern charts, photos and charts for scores of texture patterns; increases and decreases, eyelets and travelling stitches, brioche and lace, slip stitch and entrelac, short rows and fringes, cables and nupps! Everything...And it is in English. Hardcover. 300pp. Learn More
$24.9530 Sweaters, Hats, Socks & Mittens Inspired by the Telemark Region This beautiful part of of the country is famous for skiing, and also has given rise to a great deal of the lovely Norwegian color-pattern designs so familiar to knitters. Irene Haugland's 30 patterns spring from 8 major themes which the author plays upon to design her lovely garments for men, woman and children. For instance, Lunde is a design for a woman's peplum sweater, which becomes a girl's dress, plus a boy's and a man's henley-neck pullover, as well as a bobble-topped hat. The author's designs are a combination of classic and contemporary, and the alluring and imaginative charts may also inspire you come up with even more of your own variations. Hardcover. Learn More
Viveka Overland's book is a true revival that provides us with more detailed information than we have ever had in previous publications. It allows us to follow more clearly the journey of this extraordinary movement which gave us the "...creative joy and beauty..." of Bohus knitting. Overland captures the historical information of the Swedish Bohus movement through first hand accounts (letters, articles, and interviews) and leaves us speechless with photographs of 43 Bohus designs Solveig Gustafsson has carefully recreated from the originals, with precise instructions for fourteen of them. There are multiple sizes for each garment, plus detailed charts, and even matching gauntlet gloves for two of the designs. Purists may order kits directly from Sweden.
Not only will knitters find Bohus designs to knit that they are familiar with and love, but several of the fourteen patterns have been heretofore unknown to us ardent (and even obsessive) American Bohus-followers. Most of the designs are by Anna-Lisa Mannheimer Lunn and Kerstin Olsson, plus Emma Jacobson, Karin Ivarsson, and Annika Malmström-Bladini; they are all meticulously adapted by Solveig Gustafsson. 11.5 x 9", softcover, in English and Swedish, 150pp, alluring photographs and beautifully produced.Learn More