Irene Haugland, author of Knits from the Heart of Norway: 30 Sweaters, Hats, Socks, and Mittens Inspired by the Telemark Region, describes her style as “traditional knitting in a new style,” but to outsiders it still looks really traditional except perhaps for some brighter colors and some alterations in shapes from traditional garments.
Her book captures the knitting traditions of her local part of Norway, and includes sets of patterns with eight different design motifs used on different projects.
The first section, for instance, is Karen and Marthinius, named for her parents, and features green snowflakes and checkboard designs with embroidered trim. The same motifs are shown on a woman’s cardigan, a man’s pullover, hat, stockings and mittens.
Three other pattern sets include sweaters for men, while the other four are just for women and children (and the first pattern set is the only one that doesn’t include patterns for children).
The patterns aren’t on Ravelry, but you might be able to imagine traditional motifs like snowflakes and flowers, bright colors, lots of stranded colorwork and surface embroidery.
The patterns are beautiful but definitely not for beginners or those who lack patience. Steeks are required, as well as lots of chart reading. The charts are decent sized, but you might still want to make copies you can use to keep easier track of your knitting.
The photographs of the garments are lovely and often show close-up details, which is helpful for when deciding what to knit as well as to compare your work to.
Of course you will be richly rewarded in your work if you make one of these sweaters for yourself or a loved one, or one of the accessories like a pair of socks or a hat (which might be a good place to start if you’re not super comfortable with colorwork already).
This book is a great choice for a color knitting lover who enjoys the knitting traditions and scenery of Norway.
About the Book: 128 pages, hardcover, 30 patterns. Published January 2016 by Trafalgar Books. Retail price $24.95.