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.
Lucinda Guy has come up with another fantastic collection of Nordic-inspired patterns for small and not so small makes. There's a lovely selection of hats, scarves and mittens that are sure to find their way into someone's Christmas stocking, as well as beautiful sweaters and cardigans and some gorgeous knits for the home - and the background information on folk traditions of the North makes this a pleasurable read too. Whether you're a fan of Nordic style or are looking for gift ideas, this is one title you definitely need on your bookshelves. * Handmade Living * Issue 52
Inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Northern Isles, Lucinda Guy brings us a colourful collection of warming accessories for family and home. Each pattern is accompanied by details of the knitting heritage of the country from which it originates. Many traditional techniques are covered, including twined and stranded knitting, as well as embroidery. French knots, nupps, and fringes add texture and interest to a number of the patterns. We love the charming cockerel doorstop inspired by the Faroe Islands, and the fantastic child's sweater and hat with its stylised Finnish motifs knitted in cheerful shades. The photography shows each piece from multiple angles, which is always helpful, and the patterns are clearly laid out, with the bulk of them relying mostly on charts due to the prevalence of colourwork. * Knitter, The *
SHETLAND ISLES 2 Projects (Yarn: Jamieson & Smith) 1. SCARF: Long, narrow cream/natural lace weight scarf in J&S lace weightyarn. 2. SOCKS: Blue, brown and bright-colored Fair Isle socks with a small lace borderin 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 inIstex Plotulopi. 2. SCARF: A 'matching' scarf in Istex Plotulopi. 3. MITTS: Cream and various natural tones, long fingerless mitts with a laceborder and patterned color work in Istex Lodband lace weight yarn (sizesmall/medium). SWEDEN 3 Projects (Yarn: Ullcentrum) 1. MITTENS: Petrol and cream colored patterned and embroidered mittens inUllcentrum's 2thread yarn (size medium). 2. HAT: Red twined knitted hat with a simple crook stitch border, smallwhite 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 (sizemedium/large). 2. BABY BLANKET: Babies pram blanket in warm brown with cream pattern and orange and light pink embroidery highlights knitted in Hifa's Troll yarn.(Although the swatch is knitted in blue the final blanket will be in thesoft brown shown in the photo). ESTONIA 2 Projects (Yarn: Kauni) 1. DOLL: One 'folksy' toy doll wearing a stripy skirt and 'peasant' blouseknitted in Kauni yarn. 2. WOMENS CARDIGAN: Women's lace patterned cardigan in natural/ecru withbright crochet edgings. FAROES 2 Projects (Yarn: Sirri) 1. SLIPPERS: Women's slippers with single snowflake pattern. 2. DOOR STOP: Bird-shaped doorstop with embroidered detail and filled withdried 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: Women's '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 fringing.