Last week I received a nice package from Trafalgar Press: Two copies of Anna-Karin Lundberg's Medieval-Inspired Knits, now available in English. I had been looking forward to this title, and I was not let down.
Twenty marvelous designs for women, men and children, and all but two of them stranded colorwork! Anna-Karin was inspired by the frescoes decorating medieval churches in Sweden. The book includes an extensive discussion about the architecture, the paints, and the painters of these churches, which I found especially interesting after my trip to Sweden last year.
Sånga Brocade Flower Jacket
Each design is accompanied by photographs of the paintings that inspired the motifs and the colors used--the author's process is quite enjoyable to see.
Sånga Carnation and French Lily Sweater
Colors are used in the Scandinavian style--no emphasis on value squencing or gradients, just blocks of color with additional interest being introduced at yokes, hems, and bands. The garment shapes are generally quite simple, showcasing the patterning, although some of the women's sweaters include waist shaping (for example, the feminine Sånga Brocade Flower jacket, above).
Bonus: Shetland Spindrift can easily be substituted for the Swedish yarn Anna-Karin specifies, Kampes 2-ply, which would be hard to find in the US.
Norrsunda Trefoil Sweater
Medieval-Inspired Knits is a beautiful book. The designs are charted in color and the garments are beautifully photographed, showing well the special details, such as the line of blue-gray at the shoulder and sleeve join in the Norrsunda Trefoil Sweater (above). All garments are knit in the round, using steeks. You can see photos of many more projects on Anna-Karin's Gallery Pages. Hardback, 128 pages.
Now, you might have passed right over the first sentence of this post: I received TWO copies of this book! I have one to give away to a lucky reader. You have until the end of lucky February 14th to leave a comment on this blog; one comment will be chosen at random to win the extra copy of Medieval-Inspired Knits.
And now--I'm off to the Pacific Northwest! Visits with friends, a retreat on San Juan Island with the Visionary Authors, and teaching and taking classes at Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma. I'm teaching the Color Outside the Lines Fair Isle Tam class and also something new: a 1.5 hour miniclass on creating flattering shoulders in vests and sweaters while working in the round. So excited! There are a couple of spaces left in each class, by the way.... You know you want to be there!