On the Bookshelf: Knit Nordic

9781908449474.jpgI recently received a copy of Eline Oftedal’s book, Knit Nordic ,from Sterling Publishing for review and today I am sharing my thoughts.

Traditional Nordic patterns have become all the rage, and this fashion-forward collection from designer Eline Oftedal offers a modern spin on four iconic Norwegian patterns: Marius, Voss, Setesdal, and Fana. Twenty contemporary projects range from an iPad and phone cover to a teddy bear and hot pants. Oftedal delves into the inspiration behind the designs, exploring their origins and worldwide appeal. ~ from the publisher

The first chapter shares a bit of history of knitting in Norway, followed by twenty contemporary accessory designs inspired by four traditional sweater patterns, in the style of Marius, Voss, Setesdal and Fana.

Inside knitter’s will be delighted with small projects that are fun, creative and quick such as hats, slippers, wristwarmers and  snood. There are also more complex projects such as the Half Sweater, and the Hot Pants.  The last chapter covers techniques for stranded work, how to work with charts and finishing techniques.  What this book does not offer instructions on how to knit these designs as a sweater but I have to say there are enough charts for the more advanced knitter to create their own design using these beautiful patterns.

Each design is very well written with step-by-step instructions, a chart for the Norwegian design, inspirations and beautiful photographs of the finished project. For me personally, I plan to knit the iPad Cover and the Cup Cosies.

All in all, this book offers basic accessory pieces with a modern flair, is affordable, perfect for the knitter who loves stranded colorwork and offers enough varietyto keep one interested.  I would say though while a few of the designs are good for beginners, the majority are for the more experienced knitter.

About the Author:  Eline Oftedal learnt to knit at a young age, and soon began designing her own patterns. She has designed for Vogue Knitting (Holiday 2010 issue), Plymouth yarns (UK) and The Knitter (February 2012). She also sells her work on Ravelry and Etsy. She lives in Oslo where she is Head of International Operations for Lions Club NorwayYou can also follow her adventures on her blog, by Eline.


Disclaimer:  This copy was provided by Sterling Publishing for review  and the above opinions are my own.

10 thoughts on “On the Bookshelf: Knit Nordic

    1. Tina Post author

      I really want to branch out in stranded knitting but haven’t done so … must add it to my list of things to do this year :)

  1. Curls & Q

    Q – I have such a collection of Scandinavian knitting book! Yikes now I need another one. FYI – the Japanese are so totally enthralled with Norwegian knitting, browsing through the knitting section in bookstores puts a smile on one’s face. Norwegian knitting patterns written in Japanese. LOL!

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