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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 03 January 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217121
  • Stock: 6 in stock
  • Size: 242x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 110
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $42.99
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Norwegian Knitting Designs


A collection from some of Norway’s leading knitting designers by Margaretha Finseth

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Book Description

New and updated edition of this beautiful knitting pattern book, showcasing stunning modern takes on traditional Norwegian designs. 

This beautiful book presents the very best of contemporary Norwegian knitwear design, drawing on its traditional roots while planting it firmly in the twenty-first century. It includes over thirty contemporary knitted garments by some of Norway’s foremost knitting designers, all using classic Norwegian-spun wool yarns and based on traditional Norwegian patterns. Each design is accompanied by stunning photographs of the items themselves as well as the countryside that inspired them, together with details of the materials used, pattern charts and clearly written instructions.

Table of Contents

Foreword 3

Washing and care of wool garments 4

Mette N. Handberg 6
- 'Virgin' 8
- 'The Siren's Heart' 16

Lise Kolstad 24
- Swan sweater with bird motifs 26
- Embellished jacket with birds and flowers 30

Solveig Hisdal 34
- Garter Stitch jacket, cap and bag
- Jacket 40

Kirsti Bræin 44
- Sweater with detached collar, cap and wristwarmers 46
- Princess-line Sweater 50

Kari Hestnes 54
- Aran sweater 56
- Rainbow jacket 60

Iselin Hafseld 64
- Short sweater in blue tones 66
- Short, wide sweater with collar 70

Irene Haugland Zahl 74
- ’Eydehavn’ patterned jacket 76
- ’Lunde' sweater with pleated welt and decorative bands 80

Anne Helene Gjelstad 84
- From Selbu to the Sahara 86
- Carpathian black roses 90

Kari Haugen 94
- Child's sweater with a cat pattern 96
- Fitted embroidered jacket 100

Betty Hermansen 104
- Jacket with hat 106
- Short jacket with hat 110

Margaretha Finseth 116
- The darkness and light of winter 118
- Grey stones, white sea trading and boat rugs 122

Afterword 127

About the Author

About Margaretha Finseth

Margaretha Finseth is one of several high profile knitting designers based in Norway. After training for several years in the production of costume and handwoven textiles, Margaretha directed her passion for clothing towards knitting design and since 1985 has had her own company selling and designing hand- and machine-knitted garments in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Margaretha has developed dozens of special designs for numerous magazines and fashion journals, and since the 1990s has written articles on design and trends in for publications such as The New, Fashion Journal, Women & Clothing, and Hers

Besides pursuing a career in clothing for high-end fashion markets and groups, Margaretha is an advocate for producing ecological handknitted clothing in pure materials and for supporting and consulting designers in the Eastern Hemisphere. She works closely teams in Nepal to producing collections that not only sustainably sourced but also reflect her passion for unique, beautifully patterned textiles. 


This book is a reprint of a book originally published in North America in 2002, and in Norway in 1999. I remember when it came out I was working at Interweave Press and all worked ceased as we passed the book around oohing and ahhing.

I had the same reaction revisiting this reprint. Even though its 20 years old, I would still knit and gleefully wear most of the patterns in the book.

12 Norwegian designers use traditional Scandinavian motifs and techniques but create garments that are determinately modern. They play with layering, shape, color and overall feeling.

The designs are amazing, but not for beginners. The charts are complex, and there is tricky knitting to create such unique garments.

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to knit, doing so from a master of Scandinavian sweaters is the way to go. Margaretha Finseth is a designer and brand manager at House of Yarn in Norway and this book will bring you through more than 30 traditional Scandinavian designs.

See the full list of Martha Stewart's craft book recommendations here.

Craft Focus Magazine, Issue 71 (Feb/March 2019)

Offering a contemporary take on traditional Norwegian designs, this new and updated pattern book includes more than 30 modern garments by some of the countrys foremost designers. Each is crafted from classic Norwegian spun wool yarn and based on a traditional pattern. With stunning photographs, detailed pattern charts and instructions, this is a gem for knitting enthusiasts. 

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