Nina Granlund Sæther in the US!

Nina Granlund Sæther in the US!

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The fabulous Nina Granlund Sæther, author of the bestselling MITTENS FROM AROUND NORWAY and all new SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY, has made her way to the US where she will have limited appearances on the East Coast.

Nina grew up in Asker, Norway, just outside Oslo. Her love and interest for knitting, crochet, sewing, and embroidery started before she was school-age. She is educated as a craft teacher, and worked for a short time in a high school before moving to a career in journalism with the Norwegian arts-and-crafts magazine Norsk Husflid. Nina creates designs in the Scandinavian knitting tradition for Norwegian magazines and her own striking books.

In or around Boston? Meet Nina at JP Knit & Stitch in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm as part of the kickoff to JP Knit & Stitch’s Anniversary Sale, which runs through the weekend. (Plus, Local Yarn Store Day is Saturday, April 27! Yippee!)

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Nina’s books MITTENS FROM AROUND NORWAY and SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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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Elsebeth Lavold Explains the Figure Eight

Elsebeth Lavold Explains the Figure Eight

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Photo by Anders Rydell from Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments

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. In the book, described as “an indispensable milestone in 20th century knitting literature,” she introduces her own innovation, using lifted increases to create interlace patterns instead of just to shape garments, and to bring new life to the ornamental heritage of the Vikings as adornment on modern knitwear.

With more than a decade of added experience and continued research, she took the concept a step further, studying cultures from all over the globe to find similar types of patterns. This resulted in VIKING KNITS & ANCIENT ORNAMENTS, a fascinating compilation of ornamental expressions, ancient as well as contemporary, which she again uses as a launch pad for her own unique designs.

 

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Detail from Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments

Elsebeth genuinely enjoys sharing her knowledge. In addition to the abundance of beautiful garments presented in the book with complete instructions, she analyzes a huge number of pattern types and displays them in both swatch and chart form, to allow you to make your own designs based on her research. Consider her discussion of the Figure Eight:

“Just as you can weave a band through a ring, you can weave it through a Figure Eight,” Lavold writes in VIKING KNITS & ANCIENT ORNAMENTS. “The Vikings, however, didn’t make much use of this pattern, leading me to believe for some time that it was my own invention. This was until I identified it on the abundantly ornamented mount from Solberga, Sweden, where it appears along with Twists, Overhand Knots, Trefoils, Elongated Trefoils, Twisted Wing Loops…to name a few.

“The Figure Eight on Band makes another appearance framing the Gospel According to John on one of the pages of the Egmont Gospels, a medieval illuminated manuscript from England (not shown). Later, in a French illuminated manuscript from the 9th century, I discovered the twin version, where two mirrored Eights are placed side by side with a pair of crossing bands twined through them.”

 

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Detail from the French illuminated manuscript from Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold.

Learn more about the fascinating history of viking patterns and how they can inspire beautiful handknit garments in VIKING KNITS & ANCIENT ORNAMENTS, 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.

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. 

 

 

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.

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.)

 

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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.)

 

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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.

Knitting Patterns That WOW!

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All knitters already have the ingredients they need to succeed with stranded knitting: a few colors they love, a set of needles, and the courage to give it a try—plus, of course, a quick, fun pattern they just can’t put down!

WILD MITTENS & UNRULY SOCKS by Lumi Karmitsa is as fun as the title suggests. It is full of WOW-worthy patterns, including fierce tigers, brilliant peonies, looming giraffes, cute Chihuahuas, and creeping jellyfish. With over twenty different stranded patterns for socks and mittens, the book is positively bursting with inspiration.

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“All Finnish children used to learn the basics of knitting at school, and so did I,” says Karmitsa. “However, I was never into knitting, until one day, out of the blue, I decided to knit a pair of stranded mittens for a friend. I found a nice pattern and followed it. The end result was pleasing enough, and this first introduction to colorwork knitting made me realize that I could design my own patterns.

“My firm belief is that with some patience anyone can do stranded knitting. That is the whole message of WILD MITTENS & UNRULY SOCKS, since I myself started to design its contents with only the experience of just one pair of stranded mittens!”

WILD MITTENS & UNRULY SOCKS is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE. (It’s the most fun you’ve ever had with your knitting needles!)

CLICK HERE form 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.