Make that crafty friend or family member feel extra special this holiday season with one of these top knitting titles!
SELBU MITTENS by Anne Bardsgard
SELBU MITTENS is THE Number One knitting book this holiday season! The ultimate compendium for any Norwegian mitten enthusiast, this gorgeous and inspiring resource was produced in conjunction with a one-of-a-kind exhibition of gloves and mittens from Selbu at the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum. A thoroughly researched and illustrated account of the rich history of Selbu patterning—instantly recognizable for its dramatic contrasts and intricate motifs—covers the development of the designs themselves, and the essential role these knitted accessories have played in the cultural and economic development of the Selbu region. “It is rare to find a knitting book this well written and that provides this amount of useful information,” says blogger Lappone in her review. “It deserves to be read by knitters all over the world.”
55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT by Arne & Carlos
For nearly 20 years, Scandinavian knitting sensations Arne & Carlos have been delighting crafters around the world, using their unique sense of style to translate traditional Scandinavian designs into quirky, colorful, and endlessly fun projects of all kinds. But perhaps the most beloved example of their charm and versatility is the “Christmas ball”: a cleverly small-scale and deceptively simple pattern that can be adapted to feature any color or combination of colors, any decorative motif—including wintry classics like snowflakes, bows, and angels, and more ornate Scandinavian-inspired designs. “You’ll want to knit a few hundred of these ornaments for the holidays,” said Vogue Knitting in their review. “Use them to mark place settings, delight hostesses, create centerpieces, festoon wreaths or adorn your tree—or all of the above.”
SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY by Nina Granlund Sæther
The author of the beloved Mittens from Around Norway, is back with an all-new guide to Norway’s hidden treasures—this time, featuring your feet! Explore centuries of Scandinavian sock-knitting history, with dozens of classic patterns and more obscure design delights drawn from the author’s in-depth knowledge of Norwegian knitting and reconstructed from carefully-researched historical sources. Beautiful photographs and easy-to-read pattern charts complete the experience. “Saether’s follow-up to her acclaimed Mittens from Around Norway features 40 traditional sock patterns inspired by treasures from museums and private Norwegian folk-art collections,” said Yarn Market News.
VIKING KNITS & ANCIENT ORNAMENTS by Elsebeth Lavold
Ever since her ground-breaking book VIKING PATTERNS FOR KNITTING was published, Elsebeth Lavold has been recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on cabling as she introduced her own innovation, using lifted increases to create interlace patterns instead of just to shape garments. With more than a decade of added experience and continued research, she takes the concept a step further in this book. “If you love cables, there’s not one pattern you won’t want to try,” said Examiner.com in their review. “If you want to knit and create your own cables as well as surround yourself with their history and symbolism, this book will be a welcomed addition to your personal library.”
DOGS ON SWEATERS by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
This book pairs simplicity and flexibility with a variety of knitwear patterns and styles for men, women, children, babies—and even dogs! Choose between basic designs for raglan, long-and-loose, relaxed-fit, and more; and then pick your favorite from among the 18 featured breed motifs, or adapt your own. “If you are a dog lover looking for a way to get your lovable pooch into your knitting, this is the book for you,” said blogger Marly Bird in her review. “This book is filled with fun, stylish knits that feature your four-legged friend…a great collection of knits for dog lovers.”
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