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Synopsis:

In Northern Knits Gifts, knitwear and textile designer Lucinda Guy continues her exploration of folk-knitting traditions in this colorful volume of small projects and accessories. You'll learn some of the traditional knitting techniques of Scandinavia, Estonia, Iceland, and the Faroe and Shetland islands, through modern interpretations of such heritage techniques as twined knitting, two-color knitting, lace techniques, damask, fair isle, embroidery, and rya (knotted knitting similar to shag carpet).

Accompanied by notes on the history and folk culture surrounding each technique, the projects in the book embrace the Danish notion of hygge–taking pleasure in comforting and cozy things, which is often associated with family and close friends. The 20 projects include mittens, socks, hats, scarves, and bags, and are perfect for wearing and gifting. Emphasizing pattern and color, these knitted designs also embody the Scandinavian aesthetic of making utilitarian objects beautiful as well as useful.

Additionally, the book celebrates the specific wools traditionally used in each project. Immerse yourself in Lucinda's world as you enjoy thumbnail sketches of the history and folk culture surrounding each technique.

About the Author

Lucinda Guy is a knitwear and textile designer as well as the author of several books, including Northern Knits (Interweave, 2010). She has sold her knitwear designs to Edina Ronay, Laura Ashley, Marks and Spencer, and Rowan Yarns. She lives and teaches in England.

Table of Contents

SHETLAND ISLES 2 Projects (Yarn: Jamieson and Smith )

1. SCARF: Long, narrow cream/natural lace weight scarf in J&S lace weight

yarn.

2. SOCKS: Blue, brown and bright-colored Fair Isle socks with a small lace border

in J&S 2ply jumper weight yarn (size medium).

ICELAND 3 Projects (Yarn: Istex)

1. HAT: Light grey, textured unisex (but to fit a man's size head) beanie in

Istex Plötulopi.

2. SCARF: A ‘matching scarf in Istex Plötulopi.

3. MITTS: Cream and various natural tones, long fingerless mitts with a lace

border and patterned color work in Istex Lodband lace weight yarn (size

small/medium).

SWEDEN 3 Projects (Yarn: Ullcentrum)

1. MITTENS: Petrol and cream colored patterned and embroidered mittens in

Ullcentrums 2thread yarn (size medium).

2. HAT: Red twined knitted hat with a simple crook stitch border, small

white pattern detail and tassel (size medium).

3. SCARF: Red and White patterned twined long scarf.

NORWAY 2 Projects (Yarn: Dale of Norway and Hifa)

1. MITTS: One pair of cream colored twined mitts with the ‘wrong side

showing, simple dark grey and blue embroidery and dark grey fringe (size

medium/large).

2. BABY BLANKET: Babies pram blanket in warm brown with cream pattern and

orange and light pink embroidery highlights knitted in Hifas Troll yarn.

(Although the swatch is knitted in blue the final blanket will be in the

soft brown shown in the photo).

ESTONIA 2 Projects (Yarn: Kauni)

1. DOLL: One ‘folksy toy doll wearing a stripey skirt and ‘peasant blouse

knitted in Kauni yarn.

2. WOMENS CARDIGAN: Womens lace patterned cardigan in natural/ecru with

bright crochet edgings.

FAROES 2 Projects (Yarn: Sirri)

1. SLIPPERS: Womens slippers with single snowflake pattern.

2. DOOR STOP: Bird-shaped doorstop with embroidered detail and filled with

dried beans.

FINLAND 4 Projects (Yarn: Riihivila)

1. CHILDS SWEATER: Patterned sweater for a 4–5 year old child.

2. CHILDS HAT: Patterned ‘matching hat for a 4–5 year old child.

3. MITTENS: Adult patterned mittens.

4. HAT: Adult ‘matching patterned hat with pompom.

DENMARK 2 projects (Yarn: Isager)

1. SOCKS: Womens ‘house socks in one color with Damask patterning.

2. CUSHION: Cushion with large stylized flower motif with pattern in

‘damask and plenty of colored embroidery and ‘rya tufts of color and

fringeing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596685628
Author:
Guy, Lucinda
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Subject:
Knitting
Subject:
Crafts-Needlework
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two-color art throughout, color photos t
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 8.5 in

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In Northern Knits Gifts, knitwear and textile designer Lucinda Guy continues her exploration of folk-knitting traditions in this colorful volume of small projects and accessories. You'll learn some of the traditional knitting techniques of Scandinavia, Estonia, Iceland, and the Faroe and Shetland islands, through modern interpretations of such heritage techniques as twined knitting, two-color knitting, lace techniques, damask, fair isle, embroidery, and rya (knotted knitting similar to shag carpet).

Accompanied by notes on the history and folk culture surrounding each technique, the projects in the book embrace the Danish notion of hygge–taking pleasure in comforting and cozy things, which is often associated with family and close friends. The 20 projects include mittens, socks, hats, scarves, and bags, and are perfect for wearing and gifting. Emphasizing pattern and color, these knitted designs also embody the Scandinavian aesthetic of making utilitarian objects beautiful as well as useful.

Additionally, the book celebrates the specific wools traditionally used in each project. Immerse yourself in Lucinda's world as you enjoy thumbnail sketches of the history and folk culture surrounding each technique.

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