Your Dog Is Your Brand…So Wear Him!

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If immortalizing your favorite pup as a trendy tattoo is highly unlikely and yet you still wish for a way to display your doggy devotion for all to see, then it’s time to dance that celebratory shimmy! That’s right, DOGS ON SWEATERS, the new book by the immensely popular creators of Best in Show and Knit Your Own Dog Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, is now available! Hold on to your Huskies, here are step-by-step instructions for knitting your pooch’s likeness into everyone’s favorite cozy garment. Get ready to flaunt your puppy love with fashion!

DogsonSweatersPin-trafalgarbooksDOGS ON SWEATERS pairs simplicity and flexibility with a variety of knitwear patterns and styles for men, women, children, babies (and yes, even dogs). Choose between basic sweater designs: raglan, long-and-loose, relaxed-fit, and more. Then pick your favorite canine breed from the 18 featured motifs—or adapt the directions as described for customizing your own. Play around with colors and markings, positions, and shapes, and add words, initials, or your four-legged best friend’s nickname. Plus, you’ll find patterns for dog-adorned accessories, like hats and scarves, a baby blanket, and a charming coat for those with four legs instead of two.

Don’t be the last to live your brand! Break ground, inspiring others in your pack to recognize their dogs’ friendship…for kniternity!

IMG_1913Fun Fact: Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne first found fame when Princess Diana wore their “black sheep sweater” to a polo match. You can see the original sweater as part of the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

(Photo from http://www.muirandosborn.co.uk)

 

DOGS ON SWEATERS is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order (and watch the book trailer below).

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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Heart Handmade? 5 Craft Books for Parents and Kids

Heart Handmade? 5 Craft Books for Parents and Kids

Today, when it comes to our kids, we value handmade. We like to know the materials used and whether they were responsibly sourced and are safe for our children to wear and handle. And in this increasingly technical and digital world, we also like our kids to have time with soft, cozy playthings that someone who loves them made.

Here are four craft books with dozens of easy patterns you–or the other crafter in your family–can use to make toys, garments, and accessories that everyone can enjoy and feel good about! Plus, one book that’s an excellent first sewing book, just for kids!

Handknits for Baby1 HANDKNITS FOR BABY by Marie Claire Idées

Take your pick of 34 designs for a baby’s wardrobe that couldn’t be simpler. With even the most complicated pattern instructions, finishing techniques, and sizing changes laid out using Marie Claire’s straightforward, easy-to-understand method, knitters of all levels of experience can create delightful garments and accessories. Diagrams are simple and clear, with arrows pointing the way so you know where to look; instructions are numbered, and carefully positioned to make it easy to understand where you’ll be in the project as you follow them; and color-coded illustrations make finishing seams a snap. With over 30 patterns to choose from for babies up to 12 months old–from ponchos to overalls and tunics to hoodies–the most difficult thing you’ll have to do is decide which one to make first!

 

BabyGiftstoKnit2 BABY GIFTS TO KNIT by Marie Claire Idées

Over 60 charming patterns from Marie Claire’s exceptional collection, in gentle colors and a variety of styles, all designed just for babies–including booties, undershirts, hats, coats, dresses, sweaters, blankets, pillows, and snuggly stuffed animals. With hundreds of diagrams and color photos to guide novice and expert knitters alike, it has never been easier to delight growing families with beautiful hand-knit gifts, and pamper babies from first smile to first step!

 

CrochetedBaby3 CROCHETED BABY: HATS & BOOTIES by Küçük Sevde

This delightful collection of matching hats and booties offers dozens of cute combinations and photo-worthy styles to suit any baby. Whether parents prefer classic looks or lean toward the playful, whether wool is best or cotton more comfortable, and no matter the season, you’re bound to find the perfect fit. Help baby stay cozy on those frosty mornings and provide stylish shelter from the summer sun. Craft colorful characters like a smiling frog or wide-eyed owl, a pirate mouse or a charming kitten. Crochet projects with or without earflaps, pompoms, ankle ties, beads, buttons, or flowers—the possibilities are endless!

 

Crochet Gifts for Baby4  CROCHETED GIFTS FOR BABY by Jennifer Stiller

Whether clothes, toys, or ideas for the nursery, the projects in this sweet crochet collection for babies and toddlers up to 24 months help make the perfect handmade home. From classics like the first pair of shoes, the first cozy blanket or cuddly animal friend, to trendy new ideas like picture frames, a fun rattle, or a tiny hat, this charming mix of ideas will delight, filling your home with handmade warmth, comfort, and color.

 

 

Kids Learn to Stitch5  KIDS LEARN TO STITCH by Lucinda Guy & François Hall

Kids Learn to Stitch introduces children to the creative world of hand sewing. The latest in the successful “Kids Learn to…” series, following on from Kids Learn to Knit and Kids Learn to Crochet (which combined sold almost 20,000 copies), this book enlists the help of the same two original animal characters, Pip and Peg, who starred in the earlier books. With their clever tips and advice, children learn how to use a sewing needle and thread to make simple projects, some practical and others decorative, with six fun designs to complete.

 

CraftBooksforParentsPin-trafalgarbooksFor more information or to order any of these books that can make your child’s home a handmade household, visit the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

CLICK HERE to visit now.

Did you know? TSB has a generous loyalty program! We’ll pay you to buy your books directly from us, a small publisher based on a farm in rural Vermont.

For more information CLICK HERE.

 

Socks from Around Norway–New from Nina Granlund Sæther!

Socks from Around Norway–New from Nina Granlund Sæther!

Were you one of the thousands of knitters who bought and loved MITTENS FROM AROUND NORWAY by Nina Granlund Sæther? “The whole book delights and instructs” said Publishers Weekly. Well, Nina is back with the followup to her international bestseller: TSB is excited to announce the release of SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY, featuring over 40 traditional knitting patterns inspired by Norwegian folk-art collections.

NorwegianSocks-trafalgarbooksExplore 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 SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY the ultimate handbook for any Scandinavian sock enthusiast—and a stunning compendium of Norwegian knitting tradition.

SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY by Nina Granlund Sæther is available now 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! We’ll pay you to buy your books directly from us, a small publisher based on a farm in rural Vermont.

For more information CLICK HERE.

Free Valentine’s Crocheted Heart Potholder Pattern!

Free Valentine’s Crocheted Heart Potholder Pattern!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, but we’re already feelin’ the love! So we’re treating you all to a FREE crocheted heart potholder pattern from 35+ POTHOLDERS TO CROCHET by Beatrice Simon, Eveline Hetty-Burkart, Beate Hilbig, and Dagmar Neubert, published by TSB.

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CLICK HERE to download your FREE crochet pattern!

PLUS…TOMORROW (2/14/19) ONLY! We’re showing more love with a one-day sale at our online bookstore where you can get 20% off our bestselling craft books, plus FREE SHIPPING in the US when you enter coupon code LOVEYARN at checkout!

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Happy Heart Day!

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

5 Knitting Tips You Need to Know

5 Knitting Tips You Need to Know

 

5KnittingTipsYouNeedtoKnow-trafalgarbooksDON’T YOU LOVE IT when someone who has mastered a craft shares a trade secret? Something that ensures your creation comes out with the polish that comes with years of practiced expertise? Yeah, we do, too, which is why we have collected five great tips from some of our top authors.

 

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It’s a traditional saying in parts of Scandinavia that if you put aside knitting in the middle of a row, a sailor will drown! (Much like stepping on a crack is said to break a person’s back, in parts of the US.) While you probably don’t have to worry about that particular consequence, it isa good idea to finish the row you’re on before you set a piece aside, if only to avoid dropped stitches or pattern mistakes when you pick it up again. (Tip from TRADITIONAL SWEDISH KNITTING PATTERNS by Maja Karlsson.)

 

KNITTING TIP 2

Cables are beautiful and fun to knit—but they can be a little tricky, too! Wrapped stitches are a quick and relatively easy way to add a little visual interest withoutknitting a cable: just place a small number of stitches on a cable needle, wrap the yarn clockwise twice around those stitches, and then slip them to the right needle without working them. (Tip from THE CABLE KNITTER’S GUIDE by Denise Samson.)

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It’s usually a good idea to use the needle size recommended by the manufacturer of your yarn—but you don’t have to! Fine yarn on big needles will come out light and lacy, and thick yarn on reallybig needles will come out looser and drapier. Or go smaller for a denser, sturdier knit—perfect for a handbag or a change purse! (Tip from ONE-PIECE KNITS by Tine Tara.)

 

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When you’re binding off on a circular needle, it’s important to remember to knit the first stitch of the round one more time before the previous stitch is passed over it. (Tip from KNITTING DETAILS START TO FINISH by Ulla Engquist.)

 

KNITTING TIP 5

Even in the most complicated pattern knitting, there might still be single-color sections—and when those sections are more than 5 stitches across, it’s a good idea to catch the float (the strand not in use) on the wrong side! Otherwise, it’s easy for floats to catch on your fingers (when putting on a garment) or on something else (the hook of a clothes hanger) and pull, or even break. (Tip from MEDIEVAL-INSPIRED KNITS by Anna-Karin Lundberg.)

These books, and many more bestselling knit, crochet, weaving, mosaic, and other craft books, are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

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

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Danish Knit Designer Vivian Høxbro Featured at 20th Anniversary Madrona Winter Retreat

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We are thrilled to announce that Danish knitwear designer and TSB author Vivian Høxbro will be a keynote speaker and teacher at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington, February 14-17, 2019. Not only is Madrona celebrating 20 years of hosting their popular event, it will also be the last as organizers have announced their retirement.

traditionaldanishsweaters-trafalgarbooksVivian Høxbro’s Friday night talk will explain her recent research of the Danish Nattrøjer (“night sweater”) and the distinctive star and cross patterns that were traditionally on them. She will also share samples from her forthcoming English-language edition of the book TRADITIONAL DANISH SWEATERS, which will be published by TSB in July 2019.

Høxbro will teach a class she calls “Star Struck” Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, which will show students how to knit the 19th-century Danish star motifs featured in her book. There are many different kinds of stars, and they can, in turn, be used in a variety of fabulous patterns. To register for the Retreat and Høxbro’s classes, CLICK HERE.

Høxbro has been designing for knitters for more than 30 years and is well known for her books on Domino Knitting and Shadow Knitting, as well as her patterns on Ravelry.

traditional danish sweatersCLICK HERE for more information about her book TRADITIONAL DANISH SWEATERS.

Hope to see you in Tacoma!

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

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.

 

mittens around norway-trafalgarbooks5 MITTENS FROM AROUND NORWAY by Nina Granlund Sæther

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.