Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold
Teri looked all over the internet for this book to buy for Becca's birthday. Then our fabulous book suppliers started stocking it. This makes both our hearts beat a little faster! Stunning and unique interlace knitwear patterns created from beautiful Viking designs. It pleases her twisty love of cables and I love the history and culture within.
Elsebeth Lavold is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on cabling. In this wonderful 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 has taken 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, which she has used 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. Love this book, a great present for anyone!