In Viking Patterns for Knitting, ancient Nordic ornamentation has been translated into an exquisite array of designs for knitters. Featuring 14 projects, clear instructions and charts, inspiring color photos, and 60 Viking motifs.
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.
The author has come up with quite a nice way to increase stitches in the middle of the garment. If you're a less-experienced knitter I'd recommend you play with this a bit before trying it in an actual garment. It's not hard so don't be intimidated! I started out by making one cable into a pillow. She has a gorgeous cable the continues around corners and frames a pillow beautifully.
This book is as much a coffee table book and history book as it is a pattern book. Lavold details each new cable with explanations of its origin and what it meant as well as pics of it carved in stone and on antique pieces.
If you're new to knitting or have tons of experience this book is for you!
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.