Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter Hardcover – Mar 2000
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Lavold is a Swedish knitwear designer who combines her interest in archaeology of the Viking period with her delight in patterned, structured knitting to produce the 14 projects in this book, including jackets, cardigans, pullovers, caps, socks, and mittens. More than simply a pattern book, this work provides valuable insight into the mind and methods of a master designer as she analyzes Viking artifacts and adapts their essence to knitting. For each pattern, photographs and charts of knitted motifs are shown adjacent to line drawings and photos of the Viking designs that inspired them. This is a "high-end" knitting-pattern book of classic garments that will appeal to experienced knitters looking for projects at once challenging and fascinating. Highly recommended for large public libraries and academic textile collections.
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That said, let me also say that I submerged myself in Viking knitting for months after buying this book. The stitch patterns are like Aran cables, but they do not go from the top to the bottom in the usual way. Lavold has figured out how to get cables to twine all over the place -- even into medallion-ish closed shapes. I practiced the techniques and designs on slippers and hats and other small projects before attempting a sweater, and found them very usable for alll kinds of projects. If you knit enough to adapt patterns, you will find that the Viking designs will add interest to many other projects and patterns. And if you are a medium-sized person with dramatic tastes, you will love the sweaters, too.
There are more than 14 projects altogether, including a cushion and afghan, one child's sweater, some coats, unisex and women's sweaters, and a number of smaller things like hats, socks, and mittens. All are beautiful and unusual.
Don't be intimidated by the new techniques - they aren't hard, and they make sense. I am an experienced knitter, and if you have never knitted before I would still recommend starting with something more basic, but if you like these designs you will be able to knit them. If you are looking for a challenge, that is here too - particularly the challenge to be inspired by the technique and use it in your own way. Expect to learn something new, but you will find all the encouragement that you need.
True, these are challenging designs. Even Frode, probably the simplest sweater design in the book, requires the knitter to juggle three cable designs simultaneously (one with a 36-row repeat, two [mirroring each other] with a 32-row repeat). Yet the pattern directions for front and back don't even require armhole shaping, and the unadorned sleeves are the simplest I've seen. The sweater isn't "simplicity itself," as the pattern instructions claim, but the finished product is a comfortable and flattering weekend-ish sweater.
An important point that I think no one else has mentioned is that the more fitted sweaters (the ones that don't double as coats) tend to run small and would need to be adapted for XL+ sizing.
If you've done some cable knitting in the past, are accustomed to following charts, and are experienced enough to know that many knitting patterns require some commonsense adaptation, you'll find nothing to fear here. Well worth the money just for the dozens of cable patterns.
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Oh my! What a gorgeous book. Elsebeth has really done her homework. The hardest part about owning this book is deciding which project to start next. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003 by Jody Richards
I thought this book would be another pretty book about knitting. Was I surprised! Not only has the author done her homework as far as researching her subject, she has supplied... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by Amazon Customer
The patterns are beautiful with some unusual construction,including several interesting hats, pillows, and mittens in addition to gorgeous sweaters. Read morePublished on April 30 2002
This has been a most welcome addition to my library of knitting patterns. I suppose my knitting skills would be considered intermediate, and I've found the book to be very user... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2001 by James trippe
When most people think of Nordic or Norwegian sweaters, they think of classic, multi-colored designs with snowflakes and reindeer. Read morePublished on March 31 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
this is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Viking mythology and knitting.The patterns use intricate cables in a variety of yarn thicknesses and the instructions are clear... Read morePublished on March 19 2001
Viking Patterns for Knitting by Elsebeth Lavold is a book long overdue for those of us in love with Aran-style knitting emphasizing textured garments (knit, purl, cables, twisted... Read morePublished on Dec 14 2000 by jvmeadows