FREE Valentine’s Day Knitting Pattern and BIG Craft Book Sale!

We love what we do, and we love our customers, so to celebrate all that mushy stuff, we’re not only holding a BIG sale at our online bookstore, we’re giving you a FREE pattern, too!

Today through Sunday, February 16, 2020, you save 20% on our fine knitting, crochet, weaving, embroidery, and mosaic books, and get FREE SHIPPING in the US when you order from http://www.trafalgarbooks.com. Plus, you’re supporting a small business…yay!

CLICK HERE to shop our Valentine’s Day Sale!

As promised, we also have a quick, easy, and fun (oh, and FREE!) knitting pattern. These Boho Wristwarmers from our book KNITTING FOR THE FUN OF IT by Frida Pontén use embroidered stitches (duplicate stitch) to add a cute “heart” shape decoration all around, so you can really share the love!

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Pattern from Knitting for the Fun of It by Frida Ponten.

 

Ready to get started? CLICK HERE to download your FREE WRISTWARMER PATTERN.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from the TSB Staff!

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

 

Crafting Journey: The Bedspread That Crossed the Country

Crafting Journey: The Bedspread That Crossed the Country

In our new series of stories that tell us the personal journeys we experience when creating with our hands, TSB Managing Director Martha Cook shares the history behind the handmade lace bedspread that was knit on a road trip in the early 1960s. 

My father was a piano technician who for years was both tuner and travel companion to pianist Rudolf Serkin in the 1950s and 1960s.

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My father Oscar Ekberg (left) and Rudolf Serkin.

How does this have anything remotely to do with knitting you ask? In 1962, my mother, newly married, set off with my father across the United States transporting Serkin’s Steinway grand piano for a national concert tour. It would be their working honeymoon.

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My parents, Oscar and Ruth, on their wedding day.

The trip began in Brattleboro, Vermont, on November 25. My mom knew she would spend many hours in the box truck traveling state to state and at concert venues. She wanted to have a project that would occupy the long hours of sitting. As an avid knitter, she chose an ambitious pattern that would last the whole trip: a lace-knitted bedspread. Armed with the pattern, needles, and loads of off-white cotton yarn—and the piano, of course—off they went.

The finished double-bed-sized spread would be comprised of dozens of 10-inch squares.

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One of the finished squares.

This seemed practical to Mom since she would knit them one-by-one and not be encumbered by a huge cotton “blanket” as the states passed by.

From Vermont, to New York City, and on to Chicago, they drove, and Mom knitted. Besides being Dad’s travel companion, she was also his assistant for which she was paid $10.00/day. She took care of the accommodation plans and the bookkeeping. I’m lucky to have the little three-ring notebook in which she recorded their daily expenses.

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Their daily travel expenses in 1962.

Here are a couple days’ records once they were traveling along the coast of California:

The Flamingo Motel in Berkeley, one night @ $9.00
Breakfast, $1.39
Lunch $1.90
Dinner $1.92

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Now closed, this vintage photo of the Flamingo Motel from about the same time period, judging by the cars in the lot.

 A few days later in Santa Barbara, where things were a bit more “expensive”…
 
The El Prado Motor Inn, one night @ $12.00
Breakfast, $2.81
Lunch, $2.50
Coffee, 42₵
Dinner, $4.31!

 

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Long gone, the chic and oh-so-modern El Prado Motor Inn.

By the time Mom and Dad were traveling down the California coast, there were many finished knitted squares for the bedspread. The panel truck that carried them across the country was left in Los Angeles, where my dad’s brother and his wife flew from New England to drive it back to the East Coast. My parents and the bag full of knitted squares flew to Hartford, Connecticut, and then made their way back to Brattleboro, Vermont.
 
Once home, my grandmother helped Mom assemble the bedspread. It was made for the cannonball double bed that I have in my home today.

 

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I do not have photos of my mom knitting during the trip, but here she is at 96 holding the spread and telling me about the journey that happened over 50 years ago.

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My mother, Ruth, holding the hand knit bedspread she made in the early sixties.

I’m sorry that I do not have the pattern my mother used on her journey. When I saw the bedspread featured in our newly published book LACE KNITTING by Denise Samson, I was struck by the similarities.

 

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The bedspread pattern from the book LACE KNITTING by Denise Samson.

If you are interested in this pattern, or in other openwork patterns, LACE KNITTING is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information.

And do YOU have a crafting journey to share? We’d love to feature your story on our blog! Contact rdidier@trafalgarbooks.com.

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

The Decade in Craft Books

The Decade in Craft Books

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Here we are on the cusp of not only a new year but a whole new decade. This gives us a chance to look back across the last 10 years and consider what we’ve done with our time…

Here at TSB, we’ve published a whole lotta craft books.

We are so lucky to be able to work with the talented fiber-craft artists and designers who write our books! Thank you to each and every one of them for partnering with us in the production of quality education for the crafting community.

And so, let’s consider the decade in craft books.

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And we’ve had many highlights along the way:

2010: Knitting Motifs for Babies and Kids by Lucinda Guy

2011: 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos (over 100,000 sold)

2012: 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates, and Trade Secrets by Bonnie Fitzgerald

2013: Learn to Weave with Anne Field (Anne Field died on May 29, 2013, as she was doing the final edits on the book. Her drive and determination to finish it, even though she was very ill, is a reflection of her passion for weaving.)

2014: Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold

2015: Bonnie Fitzgerald’s Guide to Mosaic Techniques 

2016: Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens

2017: Mittens from Around Norway by Nina Granlund Sæther

2018: Faroe Island Knits by Svanhild Strøm and Marjun Biskopstø and Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs

2019: Selbu Mittens by Anne Bårdsgård 

And thank you to all our readers, who choose to support great authors, small companies, and are always striving to learn one more thing to be better at their craft.

Happy New Decade,

The TSB Staff

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

If You Want to Knit That Chris Evans “Knives Out” Sweater, Here’s a Free Pattern

If You Want to Knit That Chris Evans “Knives Out” Sweater, Here’s a Free Pattern

Whether it’s Lenny Kravitz in a fabulously massive scarf

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or Katie Holmes in a very un-grandpa cardigan

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are Pictured Hailing a Taxi in New York City.

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we’re always excited when trendsetters bring knitwear to the fashion foreground. Our newest viral yarny passion involves the “Chris Evans sweater” or “Knives Out Sweater,” a phenomenon which The New Yorker deemed of social relevance in a piece this week by Rachel Syme. 

If you’re in the hunt for the “eggshell Aran” then you’re in luck, because we’re going to give you a fabulous pattern to knit one all your own FOR FREE. TSB author Martin Storey included a Classic Aran Sweater in just the right color of Rowan tweed yarn in his book EASY CABLE & ARAN KNITS.

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From EASY CABLE & ARAN KNITS by Martin Storey

And yes, you can have it. Viral sensation, all yours. Call us suckers for the season of giving. Go ahead and click the link below to download the pattern.

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If one pattern isn’t enough to feed your yarn-loving soul, Martin Storey’s EASY CABLE & ARAN KNITS is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to see our newest titles, including the hot new release SELBU MITTENS.

Happy Holidays!

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

 

5 Knitting Books for the Holidays

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Make that crafty friend or family member feel extra special this holiday season with one of these top knitting titles!

 

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Selbu MittensSELBU 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.”

 

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55 Christmas Balls to Knit PB55 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.”

 

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Socks from Around NorwaySOCKS 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.

 

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VikingKnits-fullVIKING 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.”

 

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Dogs on SweatersDOGS 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.”

 

Want a craft book but don’t see one here that’s just right? BROWSE OUR STORE to find books for every crafter.

Thank you for supporting small business and independent publishing!

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

 

Two Words: SELBU MITTENS

Two Words: SELBU MITTENS

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The reaction has been astounding—who knew that a book about the traditional mitten patterns heralding from the municipality of eight villages and approximately 4,100 people would throw the knitting world into a tailspin? If you haven’t yet heard about this  completely unique book (and number one new kitting release), here’s the deal on SELBU MITTENS by Anne Bårdsgård:

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.

Then, dive into pages upon pages of over 500 colorwork charts, organized according to the source of their inspiration, from classic stars, snowflakes, and flowers to elk, spiders, and coffee beans. Complete patterns are included for 35 mittens and gloves from the original museum collection, accompanied by short biographies of the original designers—or choose from an overflowing selection of motifs for palms, thumbs, cuffs, and even patterned edging techniques for joining around the hand, to create endlessly fascinating combinations.

Selbu Mittens“It is rare to find a knitting book this well written and that provides this amount of useful information,” says fiber art blogger Lappone. “And it deserves to be read by knitters all over the world. Just under 300 pages and propped with knowledge it is one of the best books on knitting that I have read.”

SELBU MITTENS is 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.

Visit Us at the Fiber Festival of New England!

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We hope you’re headed to the Fiber Festival of New England this weekend, November 2 and 3, 2019, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA! Doors are open on Saturday from 9-5 pm and Sunday from 9-3 pm, and TSB will be there.

Come visit our booth at 281 West in the Mallary Complex. You’ll have a chance to browse and buy all our newest knitting, crochet, and weaving books, view sample projects, and sign up to win a $50 gift certificate to shop at the TSB online bookstore!

Don’t miss this chance to turn the pages of our hottest new craft titles:

Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro

Traditional Danish Sweaters

 

Lace Knitting by Denise Samson

Lace Knitting

 

Selbu Mittens by Anne Bårdsgård

Selbu Mittens

 

Cable Knits from Nordic Lands by Ivar Asplund

Cable Knits from Nordic Lands

More than 200 more New England exhibitors will be showcasing their products, including yarn, clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels, and more. Workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, and rug hooking will be held both days.

In addition to being an ideal holiday shopping opportunity, Fiber Festival of New England is a great educational experience for visitors, with the bonus of getting to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry! Come meet the llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits at the event. Sheep shearing demos will take place all weekend.

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If you can’t make it to West Springfield, please visit our online bookstore for great holiday gift ideas for the fiber artist or yarn lover in your life.

CLICK HERE to shop our bookstore now.

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

 

Come See TSB at the 2019 VT Sheep & Wool Festival!

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It’s that time of year again! We’re packing up our new books and heading over the hill to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in scenic Tunbridge, Vermont, for the 31st Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, this weekend, October 5 and 6, 2019.

This year’s festival features over 70 vendors in an extensive marketplace, an animal barn and heritage sheep breeds exhibit, a fleece show and sale, fiber arts contests, workshops, talks, and demonstrations for farmers and fiber enthusiasts. There are lots of chances for hands-on learning, from sheep herding and shearing, to spinning, knitting, weaving, and rug hooking. And there is plenty of other sustenance and entertainment to be found, with delicious offerings from local food vendors as well as live music throughout the weekend.

Come find us at the TSB booth outside under the Vendor Pavilion overhang, where we’ll have all our NEWEST and BESTSELLING books and FREE handmade stitch markers! Plus, sign up to win a $50.00 gift certificate to shop all our craft titles at www.trafalgarbooks.com.

Can’t wait to see you in Tunbridge!

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

It’s Christmas in August (No, Really!) with These Two New Knitting Books

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One of the views from the TSB office windows.

It is lovely and green outside our windows at the TSB Vermont offices. The sun is warm, but the nights cool, and crickets sing their sweetest tune. Yes, that’s full-on late August for you—the delicious days between blueberries and blackberries that we wish would linger but know will not.

The first sign of the seasonal change to come is the arrival of our two new books—both designed to light your creative fire as we approach the time of gift-giving. If you’re looking for yarny ways to show you care, we’ve got pages of ideas from three of our biggest names and “bestest” selling Scandinavian authors: Arne & Carlos, and Jorid Linvik.

 

 

 

The Balls Are Back, Better Than Ever

Yep, you heard right, 55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT, the book by Norwegian knitting rockstars Arne & Carlos that has sold over 100,000 copies, is now available in paperback. If you don’t know what these balls are about, you’re missing out! “You’ll want to knit a few hundred of these ornaments for the holidays,” said Vogue Knitting.

 

70 Handknit Projects, Bursting with Holiday Cheer!

Jorid Linvik’s BIG BOOK OF KNITTED SOCKS and BIG BOOK OF KNITTED MITTENS are fan-favorites, and now she’s given us a new collection of Scandinavian-inspired ornaments, decorations, and gifts for a joyfully handmade Christmas. “Unique, delightful, interesting, and compelling,” raved KnittingandCrochet.net about her mittens book, and you can be sure the same applies to BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS KNITS.

 

55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT and JORID LINVIK’S BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS KNITS are 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 offers a generous loyalty program? CLICK HERE to find out more about our Needle Points! 

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

Free Pattern! Red-White-and Blue Ocean Motif Pillow

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Summer…it’s ON! Fireworks and cookouts and beach time abound. So let’s celebrate all the happy things that come with the sun, and a safe, peaceful Independence Day with friends and family.

In honor of red, white, and blue, TSB is giving away a FREE PATTERN from the marvelous book KNIT YOURSELF IN by Cecilie Kaurin and Linn Bryhn Jacobsen. This Maritime Pillow is designed in the Danish “hen knitting” tradition, which features knitting motifs that tell a story.

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“One of the most exciting and inspiring knitting books I’ve come across in a long time. Every detail about the book is lovely…remarkably colorful, interesting,
eye-catching, and fun!”—KnittingandCrochet.net

To download your FREE PATTERN, CLICK HERE.

KnitYourselfInKNIT YOURSELF IN is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE. CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!

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