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Swedish Handknits

A Collection of Heirloom Designs

Swedish Handknits A Collection of Heirloom Designs

Sue Flanders


Janine Kosel

Format: Hardcover, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9780760339640
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Illustrations: 190 color and 13 b/w photos, 60 illustrations
Size: 8.75 x 10.25
Weight: 0.13 lb.
Published: Aug. 25, 2012
Price: $30.00
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Swedish Handknits is a collection of patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, headbands, and bags, all inspired by the historic textiles housed at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Institute was the first to host the successful Bohus knitting exhibit in America, so it's fitting that their world-class textile collection provides the inspiration for these designs.
As in the authors' Norwegian Handknits, vintage photographs of Swedish immigrants, recipes, and photos of the artifacts that inspired the designs will be included, along with a short history of knitting in Sweden. Bohus, twined knitting, and Swedish mittens are some of the many techniques featured in the book.

Sue Flanders has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications, including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On and in two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting America and Kids Knitting. She is co-author of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum (Voyageur Press, 2009) and Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs (Voyageur Press, 2012).

Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict. Janine works at Three Kittenu2019s Yarn Shop in St. Paul and teaches knitting and tatting workshops at many Twin Cities area knitting and needlework shops.
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Foreword by Nina Clark and Curt Pederson of the American Swedish Institute
Chapter 1: Basic Knitting Techniques
Everyday Leggings
Long Stocking Hat
Sami Hat, Scarf, and Gauntlet Mittens
Immigrant Hood
Immigrant Mist Cowl
Chapter 2: Clever Knitting with Embellishments
Glass Bag
Stained-Glass Hat
Circle of Hearts Bag
Dala Horse Sweater
Manly Mansion Muffler
Chapter 3: Two-Color Knitting
Piper’s Hat
Deer Mittens
Hilma’s Gloves
Hope Chest Sweater
Traveler’s Sweater
Mansion Mittens
Chapter 4: Traditional Knitting Techniques
Swedish Mittens Two-Color Knitting
Twinned-Knit Christmas Sock
Twinned-Knit Fingerless Gloves
Twinned-Knit Costume Sock
Sidna’s Sweater
Bohus-Inspired Dressing Room Cowl
Bohus-Inspired Birch Tree Hat
Chapter 5: Swedish Celebrations
Lucia Pillows
All Things Swedish Shawl
Dala Horse Garland
Tomten Wristers
Daisy Top and Daisy Chain
Crayfish Hot Pad
Special Techniques Used
Yarn Sources
Knitting References