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

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.

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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.

 

KNITTING TIP 1

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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KNITTING TIP 3

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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Winter on Trafalgar Square Farm.

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. 

 

 

Our Holiday Gift to You: 6 More Free Patterns!

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At TSB we love supporting the maker in each of us. In the 12 weeks running up to the holiday season, we have been giving away FREE PATTERNS from our bestselling knitting and crochet books. We shared a roundup of our first six free patterns in a post a couple weeks ago (click here). Now, here’s your key to the final six—there are a LOT of fab ideas here to start your New Making Year with busy hands and lots of yarn.

Check it out! Click the links or the images to download the free pattern PDF:

Stylish Garter Stitch Wrist Warmers from Knitting with Beads Made Easy by Liv Asplund and Jane Asprusten.

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Dance in Circles Warm Slipper Socks from Crochet in Black & White by Constanze Diehl-Hupfer and Magdalena Melzer.

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Honeycomb Brioche Poncho from Ponchos to Knit by Denise Samson.

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Hand Towel from Classic Crochet the Modern Way by Tove Fevang.

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Elves Knitted Socks from Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Socks by Jorid Linvik.

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Bobbled Potholder from 35+ Potholders to Crochet by Beatrice Simon, Eveline Hetty-Burkart, Beate Hilbig & Dagmar Neubert

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Click each link above to download your 6 FREE PATTERNS, click here to read our blog post with the first 6 FREE PATTERNS, and follow Trafalgar Square Craft Books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get others in the new year ahead!

Happy Handmade Holidays!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small company 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.

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.

Your Chance to Get Your Hands on Arne & Carlos’ Favorite Designs

Your Chance to Get Your Hands on Arne & Carlos’ Favorite Designs

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Scandinavian knitting and design rockstars Arne & Carlos have had an exciting couple of weeks! First they announced that they are two of the featured instructors in KNIT STARS 3.0, an online knitting summit with participants from all over the world. Knit Stars 3.0 will take place November and December 2018 and spotlights 12 incredible knitting teachers from 5 different countries!

Are you stuck in a knitting rut and feeling uninspired?

Do you live in an area that the top knitting designers and teachers never visit?

Would you rather not deal with the travel and expense of an in-person show or event?

When you do attend a workshop, do you find it hard to remember everything you learned?

Are the classes you want to attend always booked up?

Or are you just plain old busy (with work, home, family) and you need flexibility so you can learn when it’s convenient for you?

Knit Stars is an online summit and instruction is taught through video lessons. The lessons don’t expire, so you can view them at your own pace and watch them as many times as you need, all from the comfort of your own home.

Enrollment in Knit Stars 3.0 is currently closed, but registration will reopen in the fall, so make sure to join the waitlist (you can unsubscribe anytime). CLICK HERE to join the waitlist.

In addition (yes, there’s MORE), Arne & Carlos have an unbelievable new book out and it is available now!

Crafters from all over the world have learned to look to this dynamic design duo for what to make next. Over 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, they have built their brand, and now they have gathered their pick of the “Best of the Best”–-70 of their favorite techniques and patterns from their previous books and pet projects: balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more–-and combined them in one glorious, highly illustrated package. ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS has something for everyone, whether hardcore fan or neophyte. Not only do they share their greatest hits in fresh and exciting ways, they also provide 15 never-before-seen projects that are sure to cause a stir. With 85 masterful designs in total, this is a makers’ dream-and-scheme book not to be missed!

ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS is available now 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.