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Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Patterns Hardcover – 15 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1 edition (15 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760339643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760339640
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SUE FLANDERS  has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications, including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On and in two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting America and Kids Knitting. She is co-author of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum (Voyageur Press, 2009) and Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs (Voyageur Press, 2012).



Janine Kosel is co-author of Norwegian Handknits. She has been knitting since her mother taught her as a young girl. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erla Elin Hansdottir on 2 May 2013
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I was hoping for more interesting things. I knit alot but the patterns are dull, not interesting enough. Not great at all
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 July 2013
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this is nice for my bisnes and my good frends for look for patterns my freand love it so muts
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Book is not representative of Swedish knitting traditions. 10 Dec. 2012
By Patricia Brunner - Published on Amazon.com
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I would not recommend this book at all. The patterns are poor interpretations of the characteristics of traditional Swedish designs. Many of the colors chosen for the patterns are garish, insensitive, and poorly coordinated - the gloves on the cover are just one example.The patterns in the book for the most part do not reflect the traditional design and beauty of the museum examples. The "Bohus" pattern in particular is an example of an unrecognizable representation of a very specific knitting tradition. It has none of the recognizable features of Bohus - neither yarn choice, design, stitch pattern, or color combinations.
Also, the inclusion of pictures of and discriptions of other museum pieces have no tie-in with the patterns and along with the recipes seem to be filler added to make up for the lack of authentically interpreted knitting patterns.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Knitting Patterns Inspired by American Swedish Institute's Collections--And Much More 22 Oct. 2012
By Lynne E. - Published on Amazon.com
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SWEDISH HANDKNITS is a lovely book, but a little disappointing. It's an assortment of knitting patterns inspired by the collections of the American Swedish Institute (located in Minneapolis, MN) and by the ornate European-style mansion that houses the ASI. What's disappointing is that many of the inspirational items are NOT knitted. Thus the thumbnail photos of the museum pieces are not as interesting as this knitting history buff had hoped for.

That said, there's a lot to like about this book. The authors include a lovely tribute to the late Sidna Farley, the well-known knitting designer and teacher, and publish full instructions for Sidna's "faux twined" (or "two-ended minus one") knitting technique. The geometric "Sidna's Sweater" pattern that uses this technique was inspired by a red-and-white cross-stitched tablecloth that is now in the ASI.

There are many other bonuses in this book. There are recipes for Swedish hardtack, rolls, rice dessert, pea soup, pancakes, cookies, and meatballs. There are short historical articles about Sami (Laplander) knitting, nalbindning (the needle-and-yarn, knitting-lookalike technique that preceded knitting), and the carved Dala horse symbol that is now recognized as a symbol of Sweden. There are also full instructions, with clear photos, for steeking and twined knitting.

Of all the patterns, my personal favorite is "Hilma's gloves" (the book's cover design). The gloves display the phrase: "One life isn't enough for all the things I'd like to do". The phrase is knitted horizontally in four lines, each line starting at the fingertips and reading across the hands to the wrists.

The patterns inspired by historical knitted items are (1) everyday leggings, (2) immigrant hood and cowl, (3) deer mittens, (4) Bohus-inspired dressing room cowl, and (5) Lucia pillows. All of the remaining patterns are inspired by Swedish crafts or by non-knitted Swedish objects in the museum's collection.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Looks like fun 19 Feb. 2013
By Eallu - Published on Amazon.com
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The photographs are great, the projects varied and the instructions and diagrams look easy to follow. A wonderful addition to our (small) knitting library.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book!! 27 Dec. 2013
By Beer Drinker - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was terrific!! I love the history, the recipes and the lovely knitting patterns. I really bought it for the gloves on the outside of the book but I fell in love with the whole book, once I had it in my hands to read and flip through, over and over. I think the author did a great job putting this book together, with the variety in the book, just not filled with patterns but something else to read about, like the lady who inspired them for the gloves, for the quote on them. A very lovely, well-written book!
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sweden at its best 3 Sept. 2013
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As I have a Swedish mother I am very interested in all things Swedish. The book is beautifully produced and I mean to knit every item in it. The only downside is the non-availability of the yarns.
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