Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold, hardback published by Search Press. ISBN 978-1-78221-153-2, price 19.99 available from[...]
Subtitled as 'interlace patterns from around the world in modern knitwear' and hailed on the back cover as 'A New Classic', this book features cabled knitwear on a Viking theme. The patterns are classic as in traditional and a little bit stuck in the 1980s. I would like to think there is more to knitwear design than taking an idea from an ancient culture, transforming it into a simple cable pattern and transferring it onto a basic pattern shape. Elsebeth promotes her own yarns throughout the book, so make sure you can match tension. I enjoyed the historical snippets and the book is well illustrated with original inspiration in the form of rune stones, beads, Celtic imagery and more, both photographs and Elsebeth's own drawings. So you can use the same starting points and come up with more inspired patterns if you are a designer. I do love Rusila, a kimono-style jacket; Signilo, a boxy jacket and Heidrun, a close-fitting sweater. There are other designs including a man's sweater, cushion, hat and bag and a child's jacket. If you love cable, Celtic or Viking, you'll love this.