I had long pondered knitting something from Kerstin Jönssons´s book "Tvåändsstickning - Mina mönster och idéer". Mainly because I like some of the hats that are featured in the book.
|Kerstin Jönsson: Tvåändsstickning - Mina mönster och idéer|
I am, admittedly, strongly in favour of following the tradition when it comes to twined knitting. My opinion is based on the fact that the reasons why twined knitting survived so long was due to the qualities that the produced fabric had. These qualities were a consequence of the materials (yarns and needles) used and the traditional knitting techniques. I also find the traditional knitted mittens, hats, socks etc. and their patterns extremely beautiful and interesting.
But I am not opposed to trying new things. So I followed the instructions regarding yarn and needles and knitted the hat "Trekanten". The book is written so that you can combine instructions and vary your hats and mittens accordingly. I think that that is a nice thing to do, since it shows you how easy it is to make your own designs and adaptations of given patterns.
This is also in line with Kerstin´s view on her patterns and texts. She writes in the beginning of the book that she can´t understand why most books have restrictions regarding how the content is to be used, that it is not to be copied or spread. She says that she has written this book to spread her ideas regarding knitting and that she wants her patterns to be used, spread, inspiring and knitted as much as possible. The main thing is to get people to be creative with their hands.