Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Book Review Week! Day 4: Northern Knits

Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles

Title: Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles
Author: Lucinda Guy
Publisher: Interweave Press
Approx. Retail Price: $24.95
Release Date: 2010

In Northern Knits, Lucinda Guy draws her inspiration from Iceland, Shetland, Norway, & Sweden to bring us sweaters, mittens, caps, shawls, jackets, and socks with distinctive Northern European design.  Guy divides the book into sections of patterns which relate to each Northern European area.  Not only does she provide us with rich textiles and drool-worthy hand knits, but delves into the history of folkart and hand knits from each area.  And keeping in tradition, Guy also knits each garment with wool found locally to that area.

I found these patterns to not only be visually interesting, but also to carry Northern European tradition in a modern way.  I enjoyed reading the history of these folk crafts as well as reading the interesting tidbits about each pattern.  For many knitters, these Northern European styles are the holy grail of knitting.  And for myself, I've always felt intimated by these techniques.  But in Northern Knits, Guy covers a wide range of these techniques, including: knitting in the round, lace, Fair Isle, twined knitting, and embroidery as well as explain the culture and personal connections knitting has had in these areas for hundreds of years.

For anyone interested in learning more about these techniques, or wanting a great shawl pattern, or interested in the history of these techniques or all three: you will not be disappointed.

Iceland: Hulda Striped Pullover, Ennid Laceweight Shawl, Unnur Icelandic Pullover, Yrsa Laceweight Mitts, Lilja Textured Jacket
Shetland: Crowning Glory Cobweb Shawl, Moth Short-Sleeved Top, Effie Fair Isle Pullover, Nell Shetland Cap, Hester Chevron Lace Pullover
Norway: Annemor Pullover, Thora Cardigan, Inger Ski Cap and Gloves, Liv Patterned Socks
Sweden: Ola Placket Pullover, Pia Laceweight Pullover, Marta Embroidered Bag, Ulla Twined Socks, Ottilia Twined Mittens

Thank you to Jaime of Interweave Press for sending me a free review copy of Northern Knits.  KnitPurlGurl Disclosure Policy applies.



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