söndag 23 mars 2014

Vibeke Lind: Knitting in the Nordic Tradition

Vibeke Lind: "Knitting in the Nordic Tradition" will be released in paperback on August 29 by Dover Publications Inc. "Richly illustrated with photos, charts, and drawings, this guide to Scandinavian knitting features patterns for children's and adults' sweaters, jackets, caps, mittens, stockings, and shawls. More than 100 graphed patterns in the authentic Nordic tradition are simple in cut and decoration, and they include suggestions for adaptations to individual needs and tastes"--

Above is the Swedish edition that we bought in 1983 "Sticka efter gamla nordiska mönster". I think that this is a very inspiring book - one of the best that was published during the 80´s knitting boom.

It is firmly based on the Scandinavic traditions of knitting and contains a lot of information regarding wool, sweaters, shawls, hats, mittens and socks.

The instructions are not detailed and do not refer to specific yarns. You have to be comfortable with adapting/making your own patterns and choosing yarn to get the best from this book.

The book gives lot of information on how different garments were knitted and techniques that were used. But it does not provide stitch by stitch and row by row descriptions. For me, that does not diminish the importance of the book. It is very inspirational and I especially like the chapter about hats/caps, lots of information regarding different kind of hats/caps and how they were knitted.

I recommend this book. The original Danish edition "Strik med nordisk tradition" (from 1981) was reissued in hard-cover by the publisher Rosinante  to celebrate the author´s 90th birthday in 2013.

2 kommentarer:

  1. I am glad that I found this book (english edition) some time ago. Before I had found the danish version as PDF somewhere in the internet.

    Unfortunately, Vibeke Lind, this great lady and inspiring knitter, died last octobre.
    I wrote about her in my blog,

  2. This is also one of my favorite knitting books. Glad to see it is back in print!