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  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570766819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570766817
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trafalgar Square Books-Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments. Experience Interlace Patterns From Around The World In Modern Knitwear! In This Book The Author 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. Author: Elsebeth Lavold. Hardcover; 190 Pages. Published Year: 2014. Isbn 978-1-57076-681-7. Imported.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whiteburn on 14 Aug. 2014
This book is lovely however it is not for someone who is a novice knitter.
It is refreshing to have a book that is more demanding.
The author assumes that the knitter knows how to cast on, is familiar with cables and knows how to increase/decrease smoothly. She informs the knitter where her inspiration is from and how the motifs are formed. I like nearly all of her garments and the designs.
She gives her sizes as the finished garment size so allow ease when you measure yourself.
The finished sizes varies from pattern to pattern but most are 88, 97, 106, 115cm (34 3/4 to 45 1/4 inches) with some including 78cm(30 3/4") and 128cm(50 1/2").
There are two children's patterns (age 2-12), one mens, a bag, a hat, a sock, a pillow as well as the womens garments.
The instructions are a mix of chart and written instruction.
The 'index' is an index of the type of loops or knots.
The chart symbols are clearly described.
To familiarize yourself with the instruction it might be an idea to knit the bag, pillow or hat before moving on to a larger commitment.
All the yarn used in the book has silk content but any 'smooth' yarn will do. If a yarn that is 'wooly' is used the patterns will not be sharp.
There are close-ups of the motifs and the models pose in such a way as to clearly show the garments.
The garments have a timeless quality to them. So I should be using it for some time as well as incorporating the designs into old favorite patterns.
All in all a well thought out book. A book to use and not just to look at.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for every knitter's library 8 Jun. 2014
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One of the best knitting books I've bought in a long while, & a more than worthy successor to Lavold's excellent "Viking Patterns for Knitting." Lavold begins with a brief but fascinating history of early European migrations/invasions & the cultures that likely influenced Viking design (Mongols, Goths, Langobards, Huns, as well as Islamic traders, Christian missionaries & possibly Native Americans). Each chapter is based on a different ornamental pattern used by the Vikings on their rune stones, jewelry, embroidery, swords, helmets, etc. - Loops, Rings & Chains, Knots, S-Hooks & Braiding - with plenty of photographs & drawings from Lovald's source materials. Within each chapter, there are numerous charts of loop & cable designs based on these sources, plus several lovely patterns for sweaters, cardigans, scarfs, tams, etc. at the end of each chapter, which are shown in excellent color photographs. Well-written & designed, culturally rich, & inspiring in every sense of the word.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments 23 Jun. 2014
By Cynthia - Published on
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I purchased this book for its use of the traveling stitch. History buffs would do well to acquire this book. The designs are very intriguing. Not a beginners book.
Only drawback is that you need access to Elsebeth's first book which you should have in you library anyway:) her references to it are constant. And that is why only 4 stars. Otherwise it deserves the 5 stars.
I am very pleased with this book.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Editing errors 25 Aug. 2014
By Lynn Kimble - Published on
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I have knit about half of the patterns in this book. There are charting errors on all that I have knit. I would expect better of Interweave.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous stuff but not for plus size knitters 15 Jun. 2014
By abt1950 - Published on
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This book is classic Lavold--lovely patterns, wonderful cables, and lots of historical information. Her take on cables is unique. If you've seen other patterns by Lavold, you'll have a good idea of the flavor of the patterns here.

I love Lavold, and I love this book. So why did I take a star off? Unfortunately, her range of pattern sizes is relatively limited. There are only a couple of patterns that have chest measurements in the low 50 inches, and those are for outerwear. The sweaters only run as high as 47 3/4 inches. That will fit a lot of people, but it won't end fit everyone. So if you're a plus sized knitter, be aware that most of the patterns will be too small.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book for lovers of Celtic knots and/or cabled knitting 5 Jun. 2014
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This beautifully illustrated book has a number of lovely garments to knit. The source of each garment's cabling is illustrated in photographs and drawings of ancient relics - chalices, fragments of stonework, sword hilts and so forth. The book includes a grammar of viking tables ... the essential elements ... and instructions for designing your own.
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