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Congratulations Marianna and Theresa!

Since a lot of you seemed to be excited by the color knitting book last week, I thought I’d continue the fun this week with the excellent 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone. This book doesn’t have any actual patterns, but it does have motifs that you can add to a basic sweater, scarf, mittens or another project to give them a bit of Scandinavian flair.

Each motif is presented in chart form (with a black and white chart and two color options) with a large color photo of a swatch so you know what you’re getting into even before you start playing with the swatches. Sometimes patterns are shown combined so you can see how they might work together in a project.

There are also tips for designing you own projects, using motifs, working with color, even an overview of traditional color knitting garments from different countries in the region.

There’s a lot packed into this little book, and I have two copies to give away to people who comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, June 29.

I really don’t have another colorwork related question, so why don’t you tell me what you’re knitting right now? (As I type this I’m about to go finish the ribbing on a striped top-down raglan I’ve been stitching for the book.)

Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing and good luck!

By Sarah White

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45 Comments so far

  1. Pia @ Noget Uldent on June 23, 2014 12:51 pm

    I would love to win that book, being Scandinavian and all. I’m working on a swatch for a possible new design, but it isn’t turning out as I intended, yet.

  2. Debra Meyer on June 23, 2014 12:56 pm

    I’ve been interested in graphwork for yrs and love the idea of smaller graphs which work great for hats and scarves but they are hard to find, would love to win this book.

  3. Judith (from Israel) on June 23, 2014 12:58 pm

    Right now, I’m knitting a baby blanket.

  4. jonquil on June 23, 2014 12:58 pm

    I’m starting a summer weight shawl.

  5. Viv (Western Australia) on June 23, 2014 1:43 pm

    I’m knitting a dog coat/jacket

  6. KittenWithAWhiplash on June 23, 2014 3:13 pm

    I just finished (I thought) a raglan cardi, but it’s going back on the needles soon. I bought the zipper for it today, and I’ve decided to pick up and knit a backing all the way around the hem, neckline and front bands. Speaking of colorwork, it is Dark Chocolate, Paprika, Mustard and Avocado – so of course I got a Lime green zipper. Other than that I have slippers and a hot-pad on the needles, and a cushion to cast on. Thanks for another great giveaway.

  7. Maryanne on June 23, 2014 3:32 pm

    I’m knitting a shawl out of sock-weight yarn. It’s got a little cashmere in it, so feels wonderful to knit.

  8. Stefanie on June 23, 2014 4:21 pm

    I’m about to finish a really chic lace shawl in powderpink :)

  9. Amanda on June 23, 2014 4:55 pm

    Right now the two projects I am focusing on (because I have a few WIPs) are a scarf (the Gathered Scarf on Ravelry) and my first ever pair of socks.
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

  10. Dot on June 23, 2014 5:14 pm

    I’m knitting Christmas stockings, which will go to a local women’s shelter next December. I belong to a group which makes knit or quilted stockings, and fills them with toiletries and cosmetics.

  11. Heather R. on June 23, 2014 6:46 pm

    What a cool book!
    I’ve purchased a beginning knitting kit. Haven’t started yet, but I’m optimistic, LOL! Someone has to carry on my grandmother’s beautiful work. (She was Norwegian, and a fantastic crafter, sewist, crocheter, and knitter! She’s also sorely missed.)

  12. Judy Aiken on June 23, 2014 7:11 pm

    Right now I’m knitting a lace shawlette and socks for Christmas gifts!

  13. Denyalle on June 23, 2014 7:13 pm

    Right now I’m in between projects, but looking to start a sweater or Christmas stocking soon!

  14. Michelle Newton on June 23, 2014 7:17 pm

    I am working on a lace shawl. The yarn I am using was sent to me by my brother’s family from Scotland for my birthday. It was the most thoughtful gift.

  15. Sarah on June 23, 2014 8:03 pm

    I stayed up late last night to finish a pair of mittens for my son. It’s cold here today!

  16. Sara on June 23, 2014 8:44 pm

    I’m currently knitting two scarves and a cowl. The scarves I love but the cowl I’m not so sure I like. The yarn is a ribbon yarn and I haven’t used that before so the pattern I picked for it I don’t like very much. Back to the drawing board I guess!

  17. Tracy on June 23, 2014 8:52 pm

    I have coveted this book since it first came out!! Right now, I am knitting baby gifts, a mystery shawl, and a few hibernating WIPs are hiding out in the recesses of my brain begging to be picked up again. Not sure when I’ll get to something new again but I bet it’s soon. I can’t hold out for long (see the previously mentioned loooong list)!!

  18. Kylie C on June 24, 2014 12:00 am

    A green lace baby hat- mostly just as a useful way to practice my open-work.

  19. MelodyJ on June 24, 2014 1:44 am

    What a great resource.

  20. Linda Rumsey on June 24, 2014 4:17 am

    I’m knitting cotton wash cloths – my summer staple along with socks!

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  22. Betty on June 24, 2014 8:21 am

    Thank you for the giveaway. I’m working on baby hats- nice to have a few on hand for gifts.

  23. Miss Manitas on June 24, 2014 9:33 am

    I love the scandinavian style!!! Thanks for the giveaway ;-)

  24. Fiona on June 24, 2014 9:43 am

    I don’t knit, but I think this book would be just as good for crochet and cross stitch. I have visions of lovely red and white scarves, towel edges and Christmas decorations :)

  25. Mary Rokisky on June 24, 2014 11:11 am

    I cross stitched a beautiful Scandinavian scene for Christmas last year as a present for my sister.

  26. Rose S. on June 24, 2014 12:31 pm

    Lovely book. Right now I’m finishing up an afghan/blanket for my son in Noro and am looking for a scarf pattern to make for my MIL in Scotland. I want to get it done so it can travel home in my SIL’s luggage in one month’s time. I want it to be special because she is a special 91 year old lady.

  27. Karey on June 24, 2014 12:52 pm

    I’m working on some pillow covers.

  28. Andrea B on June 24, 2014 1:48 pm

    am currently working on a top down cardigan

  29. Anne Marie on June 24, 2014 2:01 pm

    My 2-mos old is not letting me do a whole lot of knitting so I feel like I don’t even have an answer to your question! I SHOULD BE finishing up a pair of socks for an employee of my hubby with a birthday next month.

  30. Marianna on June 24, 2014 2:24 pm

    I’m working on the “Big Honkin’ Bag” by Jana Pihota — in dark green cotton — ‘Peaches and Creme’.

  31. Cynthia Wilbanks on June 24, 2014 5:30 pm

    I’m trying to finish my first stranded tam! It’s part of a mystery (which is already over), so not sure how it will end!!!

  32. Sheila on June 24, 2014 6:39 pm

    I’m knitting a pair of Brainless socks out of Huckleberry Knits Willow base.

  33. lee on June 24, 2014 9:20 pm

    I have a baby sweater on my needles! A new niece/nephew is due Nov 1~ perfect sweater weather!

  34. Theresa on June 24, 2014 10:14 pm

    I signed up for a newsletter that gives you a daily knitting stitch so I thought I would try each stitch by making a dishcloth. You can learn the stitch and have something useful too.

  35. Shelly on June 24, 2014 10:16 pm

    I’m working on a pair of socks in a 2×2 rib pattern.

  36. Iryna B. on June 25, 2014 2:04 am

    Lovely book! Thank you for the chance!
    Right now I have a few UFO – Orenburg shawl, Rabbid toy and a NB baby set.

  37. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on June 25, 2014 9:04 am

    I have some colorwork mittens on the needles that I’d really like to finish so I can enter them in the fair at the end of July. Need to get knitting!
    wahoomerryf on Ravelry

  38. Gabrielle D on June 25, 2014 8:37 pm

    I am knocking off handmade gifts from my Christmas giving list. Just finished a pair of socks for my mom. Hoping to have everything done before December, to avoid the usual rush!

  39. Carmen N on June 25, 2014 11:30 pm

    I just finished a summer dress for my daughter and now I’m trying to design a shawl.

  40. Dennis Mullins Sr on June 25, 2014 11:31 pm

    Hi, I would love to win this book sounds really cool. Right now I am not working on anything.knitting but am working on a quilted wall hanging for a friend. This is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

  41. maureen murray on June 26, 2014 10:58 am

    I am working on a Nordic sweater in blue and white and would love to expand my knowledge of scandinavian patterns with this book

  42. Amanda Lilley on June 26, 2014 4:27 pm

    The cover of the book is enticing! I am a huge fan of Mary Jane Mucklestone’s beautiful color work. At the moment I am knitting a seamless top down cardigan and would love to insert some colorful motifs!

  43. asteride on June 27, 2014 10:26 am

    What a great book! It would be useful for knitting a jacket I saw on Ravelry that had all different designs and all the colors you can imagine.
    I’m knitting Seacoast, from the new Brooklyn Tweed collection.

  44. Charlotte on June 28, 2014 11:20 am

    wow, I actually read something before I deadline!

  45. Agne on June 29, 2014 5:22 am

    What a great book this would be for my next project! At the moment I am knitting linen shawl for my friend. And my next project will be a cardigan for myself. This autumn and winter I’ll spend in Scandinavia, so my cardigan with their ornaments would be something great.

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