Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments
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Interlace patterns from around the world in modern knitwear
Ever since her ground-breaking book Viking Patterns for Knitting was published, Elsebeth Lavold has been recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on cabling. In the book, described as “an indispensable milestone in 20th century knitting literature”, she introduces her own innovation, using lifted increases to create interlace patterns instead of just to shape garments, and to bring new life to the ornamental heritage of the Vikings as adornment on modern knitwear.
With more than a decade of added experience and continued research, she is now ready to take the concept a step further with Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments. Still firmly based in her Scandinavian roots, she has studied cultures from all over the globe to find similar types of patterns. This has resulted in a fascinating compilation of ornamental expressions, ancient as well as contemporary, and just as in Viking Patterns she uses them as a launch pad for her own unique designs.
Elsebeth genuinely enjoys sharing her knowledge. In addition to the abundance of beautiful garments presented in the book with complete instructions, she has analyzed a huge number of pattern types and displays them in both swatch and chart form, to allow you to make your own designs based on her research.
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Elizabeth Lavold gives us a delightful world tour of interlace patterns. She illustrates interlace patterns that are associated with Scandinavia and the British Isles and then takes the reader on a world tour of discovery finding these patterns in African weaving, Middle Eastern stonework, European painting and illustration, and Mongolian saddle work. Then she designs stitch patterns and works these interlace patterns into fresh lovely garments. Best of all she inspires the reader to embark on this process of discovery and design by showing how simple it is to develop interlace patterns.
My only criticism of this book is that there is but one sweater pattern for a man. I am searching for patterns for my husband, five sons and six grandsons. She has a fresh approach to her sweater designs. I would love to see more of her patterns for men and boys.
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- Merino wool for extra warmth.