Lucinda Guy, author of Northern Knits (Interweave, 2010), once again offers a collection of folk-inspired knits—this time 20 smaller-sized projects and accessories—influenced by the knitting traditions of Iceland, Shetland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, and Finland.
Lucinda Guy continues her exploration of folk-knitting traditions in this colorful volume of small projects and accessories. Looking to the traditional knitting techniques of Scandinavia, Estonia, Iceland, and the Faroe and Shetland islands, she offers modern interpretations of such heritage techniques as twined knitting, two-color knitting, lace techniques, damask, fair isle, embroidery, and rya (knotted knitting similar to shag carpet). The projects in the book embrace the Danish notion of hygge– taking pleasure in comforting and cozy things, and often associated with family and close friends. The 20 projects include mittens, socks, hats, scarves, and bags, and are perfect for wearing and gifting. Emphasizing pattern and color, these knitted designs also embody the Scandinavian aesthetic of making utilitarian objects beautiful as well as useful. Additionally, the book celebrates the specific wools traditionally used in each project and provides thumbnail sketches of the history and folk culture surrounding each technique.
• Lucinda is very good at adapting traditions for a mass audience. She revives some techniques not commonly found in other knitting books—twined knitting, rya, and damask—and makes them accessible and achievable • Lucinda uses traditional yarns that were developed in tandem with these techniques and discusses their specifics and what makes them appropriate (or why they work). She also provides information on sourcing • Sidebars give background on the history and knitting culture surrounding each project