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  1. Lithuanian Knitting

    Lithuanian Knitting

    Donna Druchunas and June Hall

    These two knitters each had a strong tie to Lithuania and their book celebrates the history and culture of that country. After a 7-year research period which included annual trips to Lithuania, they produced this wonderful book. 14 mittens and gloves (choose ‘fringe’ or ‘Bulgarian’ cast-on), 10 socks and stockings (choose Lithuanian, garter-stitch, or T-heels), and several beaded wristers. 225 pages. Hardcover. Learn More
  2. Bohus Stickning på nytt, The Revival

    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.

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  3. Viking Patterns for Knitting

    We welcome the return of this wonderful book of texture-patterned sweaters, hats, vests and jackets; 14 of them altogether. Beautiful and unusual motifs with detailed charts, plus drawings and photos of the source of inspiration. A nice companion to the author's latest book, Viking Knits. Softcover.

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  4. Twisted-Stitch Knitting

    Twisted-Stitch Knitting

    Maria Erlbacher

    A classic trio of Austrian books (originally titled, Überlieferte Strickmuster) is now in English and amalgamated (by us) into one volume; Featuring 174 clearly charted twisted-stitch designs plus instructions for a number of jackets/cardigans, vests and elegant stockings with separate motifs in the calf-shaping. The technique section was augmented for easier comprehension. What a treat. 208pp. Softcover. Learn More
  5. Triangular Knitted Shawls

    Estonians keep outdoing themselves in the realm of hand-knitting books. Here is their latest beauty: Triangular Knitted Shawls by Siiri Reimann. An accumulation of six years of work from this extraordinary designer showcases 21 different Haapsalu shawls, along with unique photographs and technical instructions. The stitch patterns and edgings for each shawl are pictured and charted in the hardcover book, but you also receive an accompanying portfolio that includes enormous fold-out charts for each entire shawl! Hc book + pb portfolio Learn More
  6. In the Footsteps of Sheep Streaming Audiobook

    Listen to author Debbie Zawinski read aloud her fascinating tales of travelling and camping throughout Scotland, finding cast off tufts of wool from 10 Scottish sheep breeds to spin and knit into socks. Debbie's lyrical British accent enhances her captivating prose 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. You will feel you are traveling right alongside her. Listen to a clip from the introduction to the book.

    If you wish to purchase the physical book (gorgeous photographs and sock knitting patterns included) and the streaming audiobook (audio files available for listening in your account, not a physical product) for a discount, go to In the Footsteps of Sheep--Book and Audio.

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  7. Latvian Mittens

    Latvian Mittens

    Lizbeth Upitis

    Lizbeth Upitis is truly a master knitter, and Schoolhouse Press is proud to publish this book of extraordinarily beautiful traditional Latvian mittens, with color photographs of 92 mittens and 125 charts. Lizbeth includes instructions for five specific mittens. Her detailed technical instructions and drawings enable us to duplicate the esoteric fringe-cast-on, scalloped cuffs, Latvian braid, and other techniques that are specific to these classic designs. Instructions are provided for the following mittens: - A child's-sized mitten from Latgale, with a fringe cast on. - A woman's medium-sized mitten with a scalloped lower edge, from Kurzeme (the only district knitting this type of cuff). - A medium-sized mitten from Latgale with many bands of braid around the cuff. - A man's mitten from Vidzeme with a fringed lower edge. - And a women's fully-lined mitten from Zemgale. The significance of mittens in the Latvian culture is profound, and the historical details of the importance of mittens in marriage rites, plus the knitting songs (daina) provided by the author, are both fascinating and touching. Softcover. In both Latvian and English. Learn More
  8. Poems of Color

    Poems of Color

    Wendy Keele

    We consider this a must have knitting book. The Swedish Bohus Stickning period was a halcyon one in the history of knitting. Extraordinary designers were drawn to this cottage industry established by Austrian-born, Emma Jacobsen. Upon Emma's death, the collection of mesmerizing patterns were in danger of disappearing until Wendy Keele - making numerous trips to Sweden to meet with the remaining designers and with the founder's daughter - gathered together the original charts in this lovely book. Bohus patterns are unlike any other traditional motifs; they are more like landscapes or impressionistic paintings, realized with very fine wool. Try one of the caps to begin with, and see how gratifying this type of knitting can be. Softcover. Learn More
  9. Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments

    What a wonderful boon for hand-knitters. This astonishing knitter/designer has compiled a wealth of intricate, free-standing Viking symbols and gives detailed instructions for the motifs with plenty of drawings and photographs. THEN she works them into 20 beautifully designed garments. I became an ardent fan of Lavold's with the 1998 publication of her first book, Viking Patterns for Knitting, and now she has surpassed herself in this gorgeous book. 191 pages. Hardcover.

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  10. Handknits from Norway

    Handknits from Norway

    Karen Marie Vinje

    Classic Norwegian Motifs in Modern Knitting Patterns for Women and Men. Oh, what a pleasure to see all these dear old friends. In order of appearance: Setesdal, Marius, Fana, Veldres, Telemark, Selbu, Trønder, and Snowflake. Plus the official 2011 Olympic sweater from Dale. The publisher doesn't list the number of patterns, but I diligently counted them all... 25 sweaters, 11 hats, 14 mittens and gloves, 7 socks and stockings, 4 tunics, 4 scarves, 1 cape/poncho,3 dresses, 1 bag and 1 vest. Crystal clear charts and all in a lovely hardcover edition.

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