Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments: Intricate Patterns from Around the World in Modern Knitwear

Author(s): Elsebeth Lavold


Ever since her ground-breaking book Viking Patterns for Knitting was published, Elsebeth Lavold has been recognised 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. 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 analysed 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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Subtitled as 'interlace patterns from around the world in modern knitwear' and hailed on the back cover as 'A New Classic', this book features cabled knitwear on a Viking theme. The patterns are classic as in traditional and a little bit stuck in the 1980s. I would like to think there is more to knitwear design than taking an idea from an ancient culture, transforming it into a simple cable pattern and transferring it onto a basic pattern shape. Elsebeth promotes her own yarns throughout the book, so make sure you can match tension. I enjoyed the historical snippets and the book is well illustrated with original inspiration in the form of rune stones, beads, Celtic imagery and more, both photographs and Elsebeth's own drawings. So you can use the same starting points and come up with more inspired patterns if you are a designer. I do love Rusila, a kimono-style jacket; Signilo, a boxy jacket and Heidrun, a close-fitting sweater. There are other designs including a man's sweater, cushion, hat and bag and a child's jacket. If you love cable, Celtic or Viking, you'll love If you are into the current trend for all things Scandinavian you will love this new book. You will be able to watch your favorite crime dramas while wearing the appropriate knitwear, and in between subtitles even work on knitting another garment - Seriously you don't have to be a fan of the above to appreciate the beautiful art of the Vikings, and cabling captures perfectly all that swirling knotwork. There is a short introduction to this art history, plus pages showing how the knotwork has been translated into knitting. Patterns include written instructions and charts, plus full paged photographs which are made more impressive by the larger format of this hardcover book. This is not a book for those who haven't done much knitting as you won't find anything besides patterns. Interspersed with the garments and other projects are sections showing more inspiration behind the designs with photographs of Viking artefacts, pencil interpretations and charts for more cable patterns. You could incorporate these into your own designs if you are advanced enough, and indeed at the end of the book there is a section on making your own patterns and more about how the cabling is worked out. Even if you are not up to all that there are plenty of patterns to make up. Choose from cardigans, waistcoats, a cushion cover, tops, jumpers and garments for men, children and babies. This is an attractive book for intermediate knitters upwards that manages to update the Viking style and give it a timeless Cable knit expert Elsebeth has taken Viking-style patterns and introduced her own technique to create stunning interlace designs. Step-by-step instructions, swatches and charts mean even a novice will be filled with cable confidence! - Knit Today

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."

General Fields

  • : 9781782211532
  • : Search Press Ltd
  • : Search Press Ltd
  • : June 2014
  • : 274mm X 220mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elsebeth Lavold
  • : Paperback
  • : 746.4320432
  • : 192
  • : Colour throughout