Nina's favorite mittens & socks from around Norway Over 40 traditional knitting patterns inspired by Norwegian folk-art collections

Nina Granlund Sæther

Book - 2023

"Nina Granlund Sæther--the best-selling author of Mittens from Around Norway, Socks from Around Norway, and Knits from Around Norway--is a fan favorite of knitters worldwide for her attention to detail, her engaging color combinations, and her talent for breathing fresh life into Norwegian textile history. Now, she's brought together a selection of her personal favorites from her previous titles, plus a handful of brand-new patterns, in this one-of-a-kind collection of two-of-a-kind projects: over 40 patterns for both mittens and socks, inspired by traditional designs from every corner of Norway."--

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North Pomfret, Vermont : Trafalgar Square 2023.
Main Author
Nina Granlund Sæther (author)
Other Authors
Carol Huebscher Rhoades (translator)
Item Description
"Originally published in Norwegian as Ninas beste votter og sokker. Copyright © 2021 ... English translation © 2023" -- Verso.
Physical Description
148 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 147).
  • Foreword: Clothes to Stay Warm
  • Read Before You Begin: Tips and Techniques
  • Needles
  • Abbreviations
  • Yarn and Reinforcing Thread
  • Gauge
  • Sizing
  • Casting On
  • Two-Color Stranded Knitting
  • Yarn Floats
  • Pattern Charts
  • Decreasing
  • Two-End (Twined) Knitting
  • Weaving in Yarn Ends
  • Knitting Thumbs
  • Knitting Heels
  • Hourglass Heel
  • Gusset Heel
  • Band Heel with Short Heel Flap
  • Band Heel with Long Heel Flap
  • Shaped Common Heel
  • Reinforcing the Heel
  • Toe Shaping
  • Garment Care and Felting
  • Patterns
  • Sugar Top Mittens
  • Mittens from Idd
  • Oslo Socks
  • Rose Stockings from Asker
  • Stockings from 1868
  • Rose Ankle Socks
  • King of the Forest Mittens
  • Caroline Halvorsen's Mittens
  • Love Mittens
  • Stockings from Valdres
  • Heart Brooch Mittens
  • Porcelain Flower Mittens
  • Rose Mittens from Skjâk
  • Blue Monday Mittens
  • Mittens from Hallingdal
  • Hailing Socks
  • Larvik Socks
  • Telemark Socks
  • Block Socks
  • Setesdal Krot Socks
  • Mittens from Kristiansand
  • Witchcraft Mittens
  • Leftover Party Socks
  • Vestland Rose Mittens
  • Stockings from Voss
  • Kroneleistar Socks from Øygarden
  • Mittens from Sogn
  • Sunnfjord Socks
  • Striped Mittens
  • Zigzag Pattern Socks
  • Aasta Mittens
  • Striped Socks from Orkladalen
  • Ragg Socks from Hitra
  • Mittens from Gauldal
  • Krus Mittens from Røros
  • Tender Socks
  • Selbu Mittens with "Six-Petaled Roses"
  • Rose Mittens from Selbu
  • The Folk Museum's Selbu Mittens
  • Mittens from Lierne
  • Spring in Your Step Socks
  • Snowflake Mittens
  • Spider Socks from Troms
  • Mittens from Kautokeino
  • Bibliography
  • Yarn Information
Review by Booklist Review

With the disclaimer that socks and mittens rarely make good beginner projects--especially those patterns sporting intricate, multicolor Scandinavian designs--this volume gathers Sæther's favorites from two previous books (Mittens from around Norway, 2017, and Socks from around Norway, 2019). Color photographs are worth a drool or two, as are the patterns (none of which indicate level of difficulty). Further favoring primarily the experienced knitter, pattern instructions are via charts only, as opposed to written. Sizes for men and women are differentiated only by yarn quantities and needle sizes; in other words, two sizes fit most. The narrative prefacing each design is sparse and sometimes obviously intended for the author's fellow Norwegians. Another caveat: yarns, especially those indigenous to Norway and its neighbors, may be extraordinarily difficult to find in the U.S., resulting in finished products that resemble rather than replicate the author's well-researched patterns. But tradition, after all, lives on; add this to the spate of recently published how-tos for Scandinavian knitwear.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this cozy outing, craft instructor Sæther (Knits from Around Norway) collects her favorite Norwegian mitten and sock patterns. She provides designs inspired by her 2015 trek around Norway to study traditional mittens and updates the patterns to be more colorful and as "user-friendly as possible for modern knitters." Highlights include black and green mittens modeled on the "oldest patterned mittens from Norway we can date with certainty," made in 1858; beige socks that feature the distinctive combination of knit, twisted, and purl stitches typical of the traditional style of the Setesdal valley; and black and white mittens based on a pair in the West Agder Museum collection that were saved from a shoddy mill where they were to be shredded and spun into new yarn. The cultural tidbits fascinate and the knitting charts have simple keys that are easy to understand, but the charts' unnumbered rows and columns are difficult to navigate and require knitters to manually keep track of their progress. Still, this will appeal to those who like some history with their knitting. (Mar.)

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Review by Library Journal Review

Knitting designer Sæther (Knits from Around Norway) delves into the storied history of Norwegian knitting. In this collection of more than 40 patterns--both brand new and her favorites from previous books--the author draws on her extensive research of Norway's museum collections to showcase a wide variety of Norwegian knitting styles beyond the iconic Selbu mittens. Readers are treated to well-written and engaging historical content that accompanies each pattern. The book provides designs that are direct replicas of historical styles, and there are some modern interpretations as well. Most patterns, however, are for knitters who are at the intermediate/advanced level. The book also contains complex colorwork charts. A basic familiarity with knitting mittens and socks and colorwork is therefore required, but the wide variety of patterns means that numerous knitters will find something they want to create. VERDICT Perfect for adventurous or experienced knitters, libraries with robust craft collections, and readers interested in knitting history.--Whitney Kramer

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