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.

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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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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.

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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

 

Brand New Pattern Book: Winter Knits from Scandinavia

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There’s nothing quite as cozy as multicolor stranded knitting—and with quick, fun projects, clear instructions, and easy-to-follow charts, it’s never been simpler! In WINTER KNITS FROM SCANDINAVIA, knit designer Jenny Alderbrant has collected 24 of her best-loved patterns for mittens, hats, and socks, with dozens of colors and delightful motifs that’ll keep you warm all winter long.

Try out time-tested classics like flowers and starry snowflakes, or get creative with cats, butterflies, and more! Featuring easy-to-adjust sizes, for children and adults, and eye-catching designs to suit every taste, from traditional Scandinavian and Christmas patterns to unique renditions of snails, foxes, and happy tulips. Pick your own favorite colors, add pompoms, and work faux-cabled brims, ribbed cuffs, or picot edges with these wild and wonderful winter knits.

 

Winter Knits from ScandinaviaWINTER KNITS FROM SCANDINAVIA is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian 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.

Warm Your Wrists This Winter

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Beaded wrist warmers are a vital, beloved, and beautiful part of Lithuanian traditional costume. That’s how Irena Felomena Juškienė discovered them: As a member of a group of artists dedicated to classic Lithuanian dance and music, she wore them during performances. When she decided to explore the roots of these knitted accessories, Irena found they were a fascinating part of the regional history and culture of Lithuania. The results of her journey have now been brought together in a compilation of beaded knitting patterns that spans centuries, dialects, and multiple museum collections.

In her new book BEADED WRIST WARMERS FROM LITHUANIA, Irena shares over 60 designs organized according to their place of origin within the current and historical borders of Lithuania. Projects are presented with straightforward instructions and easy-to-follow charts, along with full-color photographs of sample wrist warmer pairs. In addition, readers will find thoroughly researched discussions of the origins of wrist warmers in each region, a catalog of further historical examples of the craft, and personal accounts shared by local contributors.

Watch the book trailer here:

BEADED WRIST WARMERS FROM LITHUANIA 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.

Need-to-Know Knitting: The 3 Must-Have Pattern Techniques

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Hats, mittens, slippers, jackets, vests—everything’s better with patterning! Internationally recognized knitting expert Ann-Mari Nilsson’s comprehensive pattern treasury THE BIG 3 KNITTING TECHNIQUES covers the patterns you need to know. The book includes basic templates for a wide variety of garments; mix and match with whatever catches your eye from the library of over 80 charts, working your choice of accessory with whichever design you like best.

“I’ve chosen three methods of patterning that range from easy to more difficult,” says Nilsson. “Relief-stitch patterns (also called surface or structure patterns), designs with slipped stitches, and two-color stranded knitting.”

Big 3 Knitting Techniques1  Relief-stitch patterns produce a fine and supple garment and consist of knit and purl stitches in a single color. You must knit firmly so the pattern is clearly visible—usually after you have soaked and blocked it.

2  Slip-stitch patterns are worked with two or more colors, but only one color per row. On the row with Color 1, slip the Color 2 stitches to the right needle without knitting them; on the row knitted with Color 2, slip the stitches of Color 1 to the right needle. It’s easy and fun and the result looks much more complicated than it actually is.

3  Classic two-color stranded knitting produces warm and sturdy garments. It’s worked in stockinette stitch with two strands of yarn in different colors that run parallel as you work. If there are long color sections in the design, you have to twist the two yarns around each other on the back (wrong side) of the fabric at least every third stitch, or sometimes every other stitch to catch the yarn not in use.

With these skills in hand, you can follow designs with fabulous results, or combine motifs and knit your own unique creations!

THE BIG 3 KNITTING TECHNIQUES is available now from TSB’s online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

 

CLICK HERE for 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.