The first copies of Norwegian Knitting Design arrived today. My printer made a special 45 minute trip to deliver about 250 copies that I can ship to my retail buyers while we wait for the special ordered case boxes from the manufacturer. Self publishers, or even if you’ve ever considered self publishing, call Vincent at Snohomish Publishing. He is terrific. Preorder buyers, I should have all orders shipped next week. Thank you so much for your support.


Norwegian Knitting Designsis a smallish book, about 7X9″ but packed with amazing charts taken directly from traditional Norwegian knitters. Please order your copy today and help continue this wonderful tradition.

I’m exerpting and updating a beautiful sweater pattern from NKD for Piecework Magazine. My book sample is beautiful, but I didn’t really follow or write a pattern. I just winged it. I’m knitting another sample and documenting what I do this time. I believe this design, first published in URD Magazine, a Norwegian publication, is the first documented pattern for a top down yoked sweater. I have read rumors and seen photos of the Knitting Madonnas, knitting Jesus’ seamless garment, and it is shown as a sweater knit in the round. If anyone knows more, I’d love to hear from you.


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15 Responses to Books!

  1. Annie says:

    OH YEA!!!! I’ve been waiting and waiting!!
    Loving the sweater design too. Can’t wait to see in in real life.
    I finished Jayda’s Leopard and stripe dress….on my blog.
    SO excited about the book….

  2. Hi Terri,

    Congratulations on your most recent book!

    I was really excited to see that you are planning/thinking about a book on the history of yoked sweaters. Like you, I have heard that Annichen Sibbern-Böhn’s Eskimo sweater (inspired by the netted, beaded yoke of the female Greenland national costume) is the first example of a yoked sweater and that the next one to make a splash was the Bohus Stickning Blue Shimmer from 1947.

    I have also heard that the wife of Halldór Laxness (Icelandic author who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1955) saw the yoked Bohus garments and that she suggested to the Istex company that they should do yoked sweaters using Lopi yarn. Most people think that the Lopi sweaters are an old Icelandic tradition but from what I have heard, that is not the case. After that, the world pretty much exploded in yoked sweaters, including many ‘traditional’ Fair Isle yoked versions :)

    I’ve seen pictures of some of the knitting Madonnas but I don’t recall those garments having any kind of patterning around the yoke.

    Anyway, the book project sounds really interesting.

    Best, Susanna (who took your Selbu class at the Nordic Heritage Museum several years ago)

  3. How fascinating about the knitting madona!

    That is correct, the “traditional” Icelandic sweater is quite recent. However it’s quite unclear who started it first; they were a few women ( I interviewed some of them) who started knitting yoke sweater and soon they develop their very own patterns for what become the most popular sweater in Iceland. Auður Laxness ‘s words have been very much discussed in Iceland: she may have suggested Istex to work with such sweaters an publish the Lopi magazine (Istex doesn’t confirm the story) but she certainly didn’t start them.

  4. Sharon Rose says:

    Can’t wait to see the new book! I’m thrilled you’ll be teaching at Sock Summit. Are you staying with me?

    • Kaylan says:

      Farking HELL they know you well, those bell bottoms are TO DIE FOR fabularse!!! OMG!What a bunch of sweeties.Never happens here,unless you have a business it seems.Great scores at the jumble.I have no idea what is wrong with poeple who turn down awesome bargainacious furniture like that!Their loss, your major gain!!!And o, that lovely fan club of yours!So bloody sweet and flle!ering!t!Batss 'em!Have a splendid time tomorrow,foxy wench, and sell up a storm! Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  5. Tara Lidell says:

    I can’t wait to get the book! Very excited about trying something like this myself! :) Tara Lidell

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