Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments Interlace Patterns from Around the World in Modern Knitwear

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-06-10
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
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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. With more than a decade of added experience and continued research, she is now ready to take the concept a step further. 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.

Author Biography

Elsebeth Lavold is one of Sweden’s leading knitwear designers; her exquisite and detailed patterns have thrilled and inspired knitting enthusiasts for over 30 years. Her previous books include Viking Patterns for Knitting, described as “groundbreaking” and “an indispensable milestone in 20th century knitting literature.”

Table of Contents

Follow the interlaced threads
Braided loops
Wing loop
Wing loops on cable
Wing loops on crossed bands
Wing loops motif
Vertical zig zag loops
Braided wing loops
Double wing loops
Upwards twisted wing loops
Downwards twisted wing loops
Upwards twisted wing loops on cable
Downwards twisted wing loops on cable
Rusila jacket
Lillbjärs staggered
Vendel upwards loop
Vendel downwards loop
Herkja cardigan
Vendel knot staggered
Ring and chain
Larger ring
Ring on cross motif
Ring on crossed bands
Double ring on crossed bands
Ring on double crossed bands
Elongated ring
Narrow chain
Blid cap and bag
Wide chain
Twisted ring – figure eight
Larger figure eight
Figure eight variations
Figure eight on band
Figure eights on crossed bands
Signild cardigan
Figure eight with ring
Braided figure eights
Looped ring motif
Looped ring on crossed bands
Looped ring on cross motif
Looped ring on figure eight
Narrow looped ring chain
Heidrun skirt and shrug SW, also Looped ring on cross motif
Wide looped ring chain
Looped ring chain variant 1
Looped ring chain variant 2
Bjärs motif
Bjärs pointed motif
Oddrun sweater
Fourknot with ring
Fourknot with Little knot
Little knot
Little knot
Little knot elongated 1
Little knot elongated 2
Little knot variant 1
Little knot variant 2
Little knot with ring
Threeknot upwards
Threeknot downwards
Eir or Hilda sweater
Threeknot elongated
Fulla jacket
Threeknot base upwards
Threeknot base downwards
Fyringa Pillow
Overhand knot
Multiple overhand knot
Elle top and vest
S-hook motif
S-krok pointed motif
S-krok labyrinth
Arnhild sweater
Closed S-hook motif
Braided S-hooks narrow panel
Braided S-hooks wide panel
Jarnsaxa sweater
Horizontal S-hook border
Horizontal braided S-hook border
Astrid girl's dress
Two-band twist
Three-band cable
Four-band cable
Crossed bands on cable
Crossed bands on twist
Crossed bands
Double cross
Six-band cable
Hausa knot
Eternal knot
Mist short sweater, also Downwards twisted wing loops
Skabersjö motif
Braided hearts
Unn man's sweater XL
Unn child's sweater SW
The grammar of cables
Creating cables and variations
Technical stuff
Chart symbols

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