Arne & Carlos On Tour!

Arne & Carlos On Tour!

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We at TSB are so excited that our knitting rockstars Arne & Carlos have a fall teaching and speaking tour planned in the United States, October 18 to November 11, 2018!

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison launched their Arne & Carlos knitwear line in 2007, gaining notice with their witty reworkings of classic Scandinavian motifs—for example, sweaters festooned with space invaders rather than reindeer. Their brand hit big when Rei Kawakubo of cult fashion house Commes des Garҫon saw the Arne & Carlos “holiday balls” they’d knitted for family and friends, and immediately placed an order for 400. Arne and Carlos thought they were to be used for storefront decoration, but went to the boutique in Paris and found them for sale for €100 each.

“We laughed at the price,” claims Carlos, “but it was provocation, too. We felt nobody should pay so much for something anybody can make. So we thought, let’s write a book giving people all they need to do it themselves.”

ArneCarlosFavoriteDesignsThe association with Commes des Garҫon led to a holiday mini-collection of garments studded with Swarovski crystals in 2008, and a line of sweaters, hats, and scarves for Urban Outfitters in 2009. Perhaps more importantly, the Parisian “provocation” inspired Arne and Carlos’ first book, 55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT, an international bestseller, now translated into seven languages, and published in English by TSB. One how-to knit book begat seven more, including their newest—ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS: GREATEST HITS AND NEW INSPIRATIONS, released in April of 2018.

Arne and Carlos are teaching classes and speaking at shops, guilds, and retreats across the country, beginning in October. Register for classes near you now, as many are already sold out!


Greater Boston Knitting Guild, Boston, MA .
Oct. 18. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.
Oct. 18. Class: Selbu Wrist Warmers. SOLD OUT!

Webs, Northampton, MA.
Oct. 20. Class: Christmas Balls.
Oct. 20: Class Crochet Primrose Throw.
Oct 21. Class: Solveig Hat.

String Yarns, New York, NY. 
Oct. 22. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!

Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI.
Oct. 27. Class: Sock Master Class.
Oct. 27. Lecture: Using Old Knitting to Inspire the New.
Oct 28. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Oct 28. Class: Christmas Balls.

Colorful Stitches, Lenox, MA.
Oct. 30. Class: An Introduction to Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Oct. 30. Class: Knitted Birds.

Yarn Cupboard, Jamesville, NY.
Oct 31. Class: Lille-Tuva wrist warmers.
Oct 31. Class: Knitted Birds.
Oct 31. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.

Another Yarn @ the Haraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME.
Nov. 2. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 3. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Nov 3.  Class: Aslaug Mittens part 1. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 4. Class: Aslaug Mittens part 2. SOLD OUT!

Three Bags Full, Northbrook, IL.
Nov. 5. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work.
Nov. 5. Class: Primrose Crochet Throw.
Nov 5. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!

The Sows Ear, Verona, WI.
Nov. 6. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.

The Yarnery, St. Paul, MN.
Nov. 7. Lecture: Using Old Knitting to Inspire the New.

Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 11.48.16 AMVogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis, MN.
Nov. 9. Opening Speech.
Nov. 9. Class: Solveig Hat. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 10. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 10. Class: Knitted Birds. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 11. Class: Sock Master Class. SOLD OUT!

Books by Arne & Carlos will be available for sale at their tour stops. You can also find their fabulous instructional titles on the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Arne & Carlos books.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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Need-to-Know Knitting: The 3 Must-Have Pattern Techniques

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Hats, mittens, slippers, jackets, vests—everything’s better with patterning! Internationally recognized knitting expert Ann-Mari Nilsson’s comprehensive pattern treasury THE BIG 3 KNITTING TECHNIQUES covers the patterns you need to know. The book includes basic templates for a wide variety of garments; mix and match with whatever catches your eye from the library of over 80 charts, working your choice of accessory with whichever design you like best.

“I’ve chosen three methods of patterning that range from easy to more difficult,” says Nilsson. “Relief-stitch patterns (also called surface or structure patterns), designs with slipped stitches, and two-color stranded knitting.”

Big 3 Knitting Techniques1  Relief-stitch patterns produce a fine and supple garment and consist of knit and purl stitches in a single color. You must knit firmly so the pattern is clearly visible—usually after you have soaked and blocked it.

2  Slip-stitch patterns are worked with two or more colors, but only one color per row. On the row with Color 1, slip the Color 2 stitches to the right needle without knitting them; on the row knitted with Color 2, slip the stitches of Color 1 to the right needle. It’s easy and fun and the result looks much more complicated than it actually is.

3  Classic two-color stranded knitting produces warm and sturdy garments. It’s worked in stockinette stitch with two strands of yarn in different colors that run parallel as you work. If there are long color sections in the design, you have to twist the two yarns around each other on the back (wrong side) of the fabric at least every third stitch, or sometimes every other stitch to catch the yarn not in use.

With these skills in hand, you can follow designs with fabulous results, or combine motifs and knit your own unique creations!

THE BIG 3 KNITTING TECHNIQUES is available now from TSB’s online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

 

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

 

5 Hot Knitting & Crochet Books for the Fall

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Are your hands ready to put down the trowel and spade and pick up the knitting needles and crochet hooks? We have some HOT books chock full of knitting and crochet patterns to keep your fingers busy as the seasons change.

ArneCarlosFavoriteDesigns1  ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS
They’re coming to the US this fall! Over 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, Arne & Carlos have built their brand. Now they’ve gathered the “best of the best”—70 of their favorite techniques and patterns from their previous books and pet projects, including balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more—plus 15 brand-new creations, for 85 masterful designs in total. For details of their book tour, visit arnecarlos.com (and watch this space for more information, too!)

BigBookSocks2  JORID LINVIK’S BIG BOOK OF KNITTED SOCKS
Popular knitwear designer Jorid Linvik, author of the bestselling BIG BOOK OF KNITTED MITTENS, is back with 45 distinctive sock designs in a rainbow of colors and brilliant patterns, featuring everything from stripes to flowers, animals to instruments. Want to know more about Jorid Linvik? CLICK HERE to read our post that tells her story.

AfghanKnits3  AFGHAN KNITS
Renowned knit designer Martin Storey has put together an all-new collection of 18 throws, runners, and pillows, all marked with his trademark contemporary flair. Modern stripes, creative cables, lacy openwork; textured stitches, eye-catching colorways, and undeniable style—embrace the flexibility and endless possibilities offered by these  designs. (For 5 reasons why we love knitting afghans, CLICK HERE.)

Faroe Island Knits4  FAROE ISLAND KNITS
The Faroe Islands, a far-flung archipelago lying halfway between Norway and Iceland, have a rich and longstanding knitting tradition. Now, inspired by this bountiful heritage, knit designer Svanhild Strøm and her mother Marjun Biskopstø have brought contemporary style and classic Faroese motifs together in a unique and inspiring trove for any knitter with an interest in the twists, turns, and hidden treasures of Nordic knitting history. (For more about the book and a peek inside, CLICK HERE.)

Crochet Gifts for Baby5  CROCHETED GIFTS FOR BABY
Whether clothes, toys, or ideas for the nursery, the projects in this sweet crochet collection for babies and toddlers up to 24 months make the perfect custom gifts. Dive into this charming mix of ideas—they make the perfect gifts!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

5 Reasons We Love Knitting Afghans

5 Reasons We Love Knitting Afghans

“One of the reasons I love designing and knitting afghans is the wonderful flexibility they offer,” says renowned knitwear designer Martin Storey and author of the book AFGHAN KNITS. Here are five more motives for giving your knitting needles a chance to play with an afghan pattern (or seven!):

1 Because the patterns are so straightforward, you can go to town on a great range of textured stitches or brilliant color ways, or a combination of the two.

2 Projects composed of afghan squares or strips are so portable, you can knit on trains, boats, and planes, on your lunch break or on the beach, all with your knitting project fitting conveniently into a small bag.

3 For knitting addicts, there’s room to play, for novice knitters, nothing could be simpler.

4 With size, the sky is the limit! It is easy to change a small project into a much bigger throw, or a larger one into something you can complete sooner, if the mood takes you. Look at the projects above from Martin Storey’s book AFGHAN KNITS: The same basic pattern can be a placemat, a table runner, or a beach blanket!

5 Patterns can be converted to hardier fare: for example, a blanket can become a rug by choosing thicker yarn and bigger needles.

 

AfghanKnitsWhy do YOU love knitting afghans? Share your reasons—we’d love to know what moves your creative muse!

Martin Storey’s book AFGHAN KNITS is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Did you know…

TSB has a generous loyalty program. That’s right, we’ll pay you to buy craft books publisher direct, plus give you free shipping in the USA! CLICK HERE to read more about our Needle Points program.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

From Jewelry-Making, to Sculpture, to Costumes: Getting to Know Knitwear Designer Irene Haugland

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Recognized as one of Norway’s most talented knitwear designers, Irene Haugland blends her love for the natural beauty, people, and cultural heritage of the Telemark region of the country with her contemporary sense for color and pattern. Her book KNITS FROM THE HEART OF NORWAY offers stunning sweaters, cardigans, socks, hats, and mittens for men, women, and children, with step-by-step instructions, gorgeous color photographs, and the occasional finishing touch of traditional Norwegian embroidery. All the garments were designed and knitted in Lunde, in the heart of Norway’s Telemark region.

“I loved dolls of all kinds,” says Haugland, “and was already designing clothes for them by the time I was five years old…the incipient spark of design had been lit.

“When I was 17 years old, I entered the goldsmith program at Elvebakken Vocational School. It was absolutely fantastic, but living in an apartment in Oslo was a challenge. I missed my home, my parents, my friends, and Telemark. I was on of the eight students who went on to the second level, but in the middle of the second year, I wanted to go home, and so I dropped out of the program. Mamma and Pappa said that I wasn’t about to loaf for the rest of the year, so they sent me to the homemaking school in Seljord. There I got a certificate in handcrafts, although I refused to follow the curriculum in Hardanger embroidery and white embroidery on white fabric, etc. I almost lived in the handcraft room, creating fantastic clothes from woven and knitted fabric…

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The garments in Haugland’s book were designed and knitted in Lunde, in the heart of Norway’s Telemark region.

“In 1974 I enrolled in the Metals program at the National Handcraft and Art-Industry School in Oslo. After meeting the exacting drawing requirements, I was one of the few lucky ones. It was a huge honor to be accepted by the program. I was already halfway trained as a jeweler from before, so now i was able to engage in larger projects. However, almost all my free time was used for designing clothing. During my second year, I received permission to leave school. and change to a clothing and costume program.

“The fourth year was time for a comprehensive thesis in knitting…The next fall, my portfolio of knitted creations was ready. I designed and knitted a collection for Knitted…The collection was successful and I was asked to work at Dale of Norway where I had 12 exciting and productive years.”

 

 

KNITS FROM THE HEART OF NORWAY is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to order now.

 

Did you know…

TSB has a generous loyalty program. That’s right, we’ll pay you to buy craft books publisher direct, plus give you free shipping in the USA! CLICK HERE to read more about our Needle Points program.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Free Crochet Pattern: Labyrinth Doormat

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What’s a better mid-week pick-me-up than a free crochet pattern? Here’s an eye-catching labyrinth doormat in black-and-white that makes a statement while not overcomplicating life. To download the free pattern PDF from the book CROCHET IN BLACK & WHITE, click the link below:

FREE LABYRINTH DOORMAT CROCHET PATTERN

TSB is pleased to offer other free crochet and knitting patterns from its bestselling books. Did you download our Chevron Blanket pattern yet? CLICK HERE to visit that post and double down on your crochet aspirations for the weekend!

Did you know…

TSB has a generous loyalty program. That’s right, we’ll pay you to buy craft books publisher direct, plus give you free shipping in the USA! CLICK HERE to read more about our Needle Points program. 

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

 

TSB Books Featured in Publishers Weekly Cover Story

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“Once, domestic arts were learned at grandmother’s knee or in home economics class,” writes Bethanne Patrick in the July 30 issue of Publishers Weekly. “Today, crafters are looking across the globe for ideas and interaction.”

Since 1992, Trafalgar Square Books has published a few select, highly illustrated instructional titles for fans of knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving, sewing, embroidery, and mosaic each year. We are proud to publish the work of top names in the design and craft industries, including the wildly popular duo Arne & Carlos; spinning and weaving expert, the late Anne Field; knitting and cabling innovator Elsebeth Lavold; bestselling crochet veteran Tove Fevang; internationally beloved colorwork master Martin Storey; and Scandinavian pattern specialists like Mette Handberg, Annemor Sundbø, and Jorid Linvik, to name just a few. We have had our eye on the very subject of Patrick’s cover feature: as our world gets smaller and we are more connected, we can begin to be influenced by creative forces in what once were “far-flung” places. And what we  find across oceans and on different continents can be of surpassing beauty, as well as laden with fascinating history.

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Patrick specifically named several of TSB’s forthcoming titles in her article—books we’ll release in the Winter of 2018 and Spring of 2019. But until then, if knitting and crochet from Scandinavia and other distant places piques your interest, visit our online bookstore (CLICK HERE).

Ever heard of the Faroe Islands? Neither had we until we published this book:

FAROE ISLAND KNITS

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Is your favorite television series Game of Thrones, or Rome, or Tudors, or Vikings? Trust us when we say your knitting can reflect your viewing preferences:

MEDIEVAL-INSPIRED KNITS or how about VIKING KNITS & ANCIENT ORNAMENTS

Perhaps your ancestors came from another country with strong handicraft traditions? Try:

TRADITIONAL SWEDISH KNITTING PATTERNS or MITTENS FROM AROUND NORWAY or THE ART OF LITHUANIAN KNITTING

We are always looking for new sources of inspiration, so if you know of a knitting, crochet, weaving, or spinning book that should be translated to English so more crafters could benefit from its ideas and tips, please be in touch. We love to hear from others with an enthusiasm for the wide array of arts and artists that make our world a beautiful and endlessly interesting place.

Contact TSB HERE.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.