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Norwegian Knitting Designs [Paperback]

Margaretha Finseth
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Book Description

3 May 2011
Handknitting allows the designer an unbounded freedom to create a completely personal expression of their art through the use of colour, embellishments, structure and styling, using only knitting needles and skeins of yarn. In this beautiful book, previously published in the USA as 'Norsk Strikkedesign', some of Norway's foremost knitting designers present twenty-two unique knitted garments, all using classic Norwegian-spun wool yarns and based on traditional Norwegian patterns. Each design is accompanied by stunning photographs of the items themselves as well as the countryside that inspired them, and details of the materials used, pattern charts and detailed instructions. This book presents the very best of contemporary Norwegian knitwear design, drawing on its traditional roots and planting it firmly in the twenty-first century.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486861
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 23.5 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Design at its best 10 Jun 2011
By Lizzie
This is one of the best and most inspiring knitting books around. The modern designs are based heavily on traditional motives with bold and beautiful colour combinations. There are only 2 single colour patterns that use cables as design element, all other projects use stranded knitting and steeking. None is for the novice knitter and many projects use 3mm needles to create the stunning designs. Don't expect to finish them over a weekend, but they are worth the challenge. The instructions are laid out well with colour charts that are easy to follow. The biggest problem might be to find or replace the mostly Norwegian yarns used for the modells. Can't wait to start knitting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazing patterns 21 Dec 2011
By ellis
This is a beautiful book. The items pictured are outstanding but incredibly complex. I am a pretty good knitter but at the moment are beyond what i can do at the moment. Also i know some people have commented on the smallness of the charts but it would be quite simple to blow them up. Simply these patterns are what i aspire to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars handknitting at its best 25 May 2011
I don't just like this, I really love it. It is not only one of my favourite knitting books of this year, but of all time. That means it ranks aside my Kaffe Fassett knitting books, Swing, Swagger and Drape and Knitting in the Details. The 22 contemporary designs are based on traditional Norwegian design and are knitted with Norwegian yarns - so beware that you may need to substitute yarn. I love the shapes and styles - that long coat, the cover jacket, the embroidered fitted jacket and so on. The designs are taken from top Norwegian designers and not only do you see the fabulous finished garments against wonderful backgrounds - you get an insight into what inspired each designer. The designs are quite bold and are not for the shy and retiring plain garter or stocking stitch knitter. Many are based on geometric style designs. I would knit at least half of these and can think of adaptations and further inspiration triggered by these designs. Recommended to anyone who thinks knitting is an adventure and that pattern is to be explored. This book was previously published in the USA by Unicorn under the title Norsk Strikkedesign. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some unusual designs ... 12 Dec 2012
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There are some lovely designs in this book and many of the charts can be adapted for use in other patterns
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 19 July 2011
By larisa
interesting book with lovely illustrations. for everyone ,who wants to master multicolour knitting. additional bonus is background information about designers and their inspirations.
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