6 Must-Have Norwegian Knitting Books

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Do you have these 6 Norwegian knitting books? Here’s why they should be added to every serious knitter’s reference-pattern-and-technique-book collection:

 

norwegianknittwist-trafalgarbooks1 NORWEGIAN KNITS WITH A TWIST by Arne & Carlos

Knitting rockstars Arne & Carlos derived the inspiration for this book from numerous Setesdal patterns. Many were found in the attics of old houses, in books, on postcards, and from old knitting patterns. Through experience gained from working alongside Scandinavia’s most respected knitters, many of whom still use centuries-old techniques, Arne & Carlos seek to preserve tradition while creating pieces that are fresh and modern, giving Setesdal’s cultural heritage a little twist. You will find 33 patterns for gorgeous sweaters in bright colors, to suit both men and women, plus ideas for accessories such as mittens, hats, wrist warmers, stockings, small and large pillows, teddy bears, and much more.

 

knitsfromheartnorway3002 KNITS FROM THE HEART OF NORWAY by Irene Haugland

Recognized as one of Norway’s most talented knitwear designers, Irene Haugland blends her love for the natural beauty, people, and cultural heritage of Telemark with her contemporary sense for color and pattern in these 30 inspiring works of art. Perfect for the ski slopes, a chilly country afternoon, or a busy city sidewalk, these designs include 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.

 

nopafo3 NORWEGIAN PATTERNS FOR KNITTING by Mette N. Handberg

Mette Handberg was a designer for Dale of Norway and designed the official sweater for the 2006-2007 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams. Her book includes more than 20 knitting projects inspired by traditional Norwegian garments and suited for an active lifestyle. Innovative patterns include a variety of options, such as striking vests, beautiful jackets, warm mittens, and stylish hats.

 

handknitsfromnorway-3004 HANDKNITS FROM NORWAY by Karen Marie Vinje

This step-by-step knitting book melds classic Scandinavian knitting patterns with the latest Norwegian designs. Traditional, quintessentially Norwegian favorites like the Setesdal and Marius sweaters rub shoulders with funky modern tunics and chic berets. This book includes dozens of designs for all kinds of knitted clothes and accessories: vests, jackets, dresses, gloves, scarves, socks, and much more.

 

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Take a trip to Norway—without ever setting down your needles! Let Nina Granlund Sæther guide you through Norway’s mountains, rivers, and countryside as you delve into 400 years of Scandinavian knitting history. Reconstructed from historical sources or drawn directly from the author’s familiarity with Norwegian pattern knitting, more than 40 textile treasures are collected here, from the well-loved Selbu mittens to lesser-known delights whose fascinating origins have been carefully traced. Resting on a foundation of formidable research, with stunning photographs by Guri Pfeifer and clear, helpful pattern charts, this book is a brilliant combination of design inspiration and historical reference.

 

socks from around norway6 SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY by Nina Granlund Sæther

Coming in February 2019! Nina Granlund Sæther 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, making this the ultimate handbook for any Scandinavian sock enthusiast—and another stunning compendium of Norwegian knitting tradition.

 

These Norwegian knitting books, and many other fine craft titles, are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

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

 

 

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Make Your Own Gifts This Holiday Season with These Free Patterns!

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At TSB we love supporting the maker in each of us. We also think handmade gifts can be some of the most special, so the 12 weeks running up to the holiday season, we give away  FREE PATTERNS from our bestselling knitting and crochet books in the hopes one (or all!) of them will inspire you to make rather than buy and use your hands instead of your credit card.

We are halfway through our 12 Weeks of Christmas pattern giveaway, but there is still plenty of time to use these patterns and have something beautiful for under the tree. Here’s a quick-reference cheatsheet of the patterns we’ve shared so far so you can get started:

WRIST WARMERS WITH KLO (5 WISE VIRGINS) PANELS from Norwegian Knits with a Twist by Arne & Carlos

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HULDA PULLOVER WITH STAR-STUDDED YOKE from Traditional Swedish Knitting Patterns by Maja Karlsson

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GRUMPELINO SCARF BY NADJA BRANDT from Knit Scarves and Shawls Now

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EASY EVERYDAY HAT WITH BEADS from Knitting with Beads Made Easy by Liv Asplund and Jane Asprusten

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CHEVRON PATTERN PILLOW from Colorful Crochet by Therese Hagstedt

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ROSE MITTENS FROM SKJÅK from Mittens from Around Norway by Nina Granlund Sæther

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Click each link above to download your FREE PATTERNS, and follow Trafalgar Square Craft Books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get the remaining six patterns still to come!

Happy Handmade Holidays!

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

 

 

Come See TSB at the 2018 Fiber Festival of New England!

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TSB is excited to be set up and ready for this year’s Fiber Festival of New England, November 3 and 4, 2018, at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Stop by and visit with us in booth #281W in the Mallary Complex. Tell us (or show us!) what you’re working on, and browse our selection of bestselling knitting, crochet, weaving, and spinning books. We have special show-only deals, sign up to win a gift certificate to spend in our online bookstore, and get up close and personal with the beautiful handmade sample projects from our talented craft book authors. Our top names include Scandinavian design rockstars Arne & Carlos, renowned spinning and weaving expert, the late Anne Field, and knitting and cabling innovator Elsebeth Lavold.

Show hours are Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm.

See you in West Springfield!

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

Knitting Goes Medieval

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No, our knitting needles haven’t got a thing for Pulp Fiction or vengeful violence…it’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous patterning their after. And with all the choices when it comes to source and style, sometimes it takes a unique perspective to bring a whole new look to life.

When it comes to inspiration, churches have long provided the setting, the tradition, and the mystique mortals require in order to create works of beauty. So it should not be surprising that author, graphic artist, and hand-knit designer Anna-Karin Lundberg turned to the richly decorated interiors of the medieval churches in the province of Uppland, Sweden, in her search for ideas for her original knitwear patterns. Her book MEDIEVAL-INSPIRED KNITS provides a stunning photographic glimpse into her country’s religious history while explaining her own fascination with the motifs, colors, and shapes of the Middle Ages. Lundberg then seamlessly translates the luxurious swirling vine patterns, graceful borders, and exciting color combinations from dozens of dramatic mural paintings and period textiles into sumptuous modern-day knits anyone can wear.

Whether you are headed to a Renaissance festival or just looking to don a stunning piece for work or weekend shopping, Lundberg’s book shines a fresh and glorious light on the look of the Middle Ages, proving that what’s old can indeed be made new again…with yarn and knitting needles as the means of reinvention!

 

MEDIEVAL-INSPIRED KNITS is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

And did you know we have a fabulous Loyalty Program? CLICK HERE to find out more about Needle Points and how we’ll pay you to buy our books!

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