The original Norsk Strikkedesign was a wonderful book, showcasing the work of Norway's talented knitwear designers, but UK knitters had a hard time tracking down the US-published title. We were delighted, then, to hear that it was to be reprinted and distributed in the UK. Now entitled Norwegian Knitting Designs, it's an exquisitely photographed collection of breathtaking designs. The 11 designers featured have blended traditional Norwegian colourwork and motifs with modern shapes and playful details to create knitted works of art. From jackets, jumpers and coats to an adorable child's sweater, these designs are aimed at the experienced knitter, but there is much here to inspire any fan of colourwork. We particularly love an ornately decorated princess-line sweater and a wide-sleeved jacket with deep cable borders, evocatively called 'The Season of Darkness and Winter Light'.-The Knitter Here are 22 unique hand knitted garments, all using classic yarn and based on traditional patterns by some of Norway's best hand knitwear designers. All of them have influenced Norwegian hand and commercial knitting during the last 15 to 20 years. Designs are photographed with the countryside that inspired them and include pattern charts and detailed instructions. The full colour charts are an amazing source of inspiration for machine knitting.-Machine Knitting Monthly Norway has always been big on knitting, so a book filled with Norwegian designs - like this one - is sure to please. This fab book was originally released as Norsk Strikkedesign, but this new version has been published especially for UK knitters. Inside, you'll find the work of 11 designers, all chosen for their incredible talent. They've combined traditional Norwegian colourwork with contemporary structure and fit, to bring you cutting edge coats and avant-garde sweaters. For the experienced knitter, these breathtaking designs use in-depth colourwork techniques. We love the garter stitch stripy jacket in a rainbow of colours with a co-ordinating crocheted red cap and bag, decorated with sparkling glass beads.-Knit Today Design addicts will adore this collection from some of Norway's best knitwear designers. Those featured in this book have influenced Norwegian hand, and commercial-knitting over recent years. The book presents 22 unique knitted garments, all using classic Norwegian-spun wool yarns and based on traditional patterns. Each design is accompanied by stunning photographs as well as details of the materials used, pattern charts and detailed instructions.-Craft Focus A stunning display of extraordinary knits. This is definitely not, in my opinion, for the beginner knitter but aimed at the artistic adventurous crafter with the time and money to make individual highly detailed quality knits. One for the repressed fashion or art students amongst us. The photography in the book is stunning. The designs of the clothes are so intricate as to take your breath away. It's a colourful display of the heritage of Norway. There are some simpler accessories but they are light on the ground. Also the clothes are nearly all for women. There are 22 designs in total. There are 11 Norwegian designers who are as well known in Norway as Erika Knight and Debbie Bliss are in the UK. It's a very inspiring look at Norway through the eyes of their most talented knitwear designers.-Sewingisforgirls.blogspot.com
About the Author
Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand-knitting designer who likes the process of knitting as much as the end product that she creates. She is known for her colourful and inventive Fair Isle and colourwork designs featured in Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Classic Elite Yarns, Alchemy Yarns, St. Denis Magazine and an assortment of books, as well as at her website MaryJaneMucklestone.com Mary Jane has a varied background in art and textiles earning a BFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute, studying fashion at Parsons School for Design, and Textiles and Historic Costume at the University of Washington. She was photostylist for Interweave Knits magazine, has taught handwork to the early grades in a Waldorf School, as well as working for years in the fashion industry in New York City, and the related fields of advertising and interior design. Mary Jane seeks to unlock the creative force inside the heart of every knitter.