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Northern Knits Gifts


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* Lucinda is very good at adapting traditions for a mass audience. She revives some techniques not commonly found in other knitting books-twined knitting, rya, and damask-and makes them accessible and achievable
* Lucinda uses traditional yarns that were developed in tandem with these techniques and discusses their specifics and what makes them appropriate (or why they work). She also provides information on sourcing
* Sidebars give background on the history and knitting culture surrounding each project

About the Author

Lucinda Guy is a knitwear designer and author of several books, including Northern Knits (Interweave, 2010) and Northern Knits Gifts (Interweave, 2012). She combines her love of folk art and traditional knitting techniques to create clothes and accessories for adults and children. She lives and teaches in England. Visit her online at


Issue 52

Inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Northern Isles, Lucinda Guy brings us a colourful collection of warming accessories for family and home. Each pattern is accompanied by details of the knitting heritage of the country from which it originates. Many traditional techniques are covered, including twined and stranded knitting, as well as embroidery. French knots, nupps, and fringes add texture and interest to a number of the patterns. We love the charming cockerel doorstop inspired by the Faroe Islands, and the fantastic child's sweater and hat with its stylised Finnish motifs knitted in cheerful shades. The photography shows each piece from multiple angles, which is always helpful, and the patterns are clearly laid out, with the bulk of them relying mostly on charts due to the prevalence of colourwork.

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Nov 12

Lucinda Guy has come up with another fantastic collection of Nordic-inspired patterns for small and not so small makes. There's a lovely selection of hats, scarves and mittens that are sure to find their way into someone's Christmas stocking, as well as beautiful sweaters and cardigans and some gorgeous knits for the home - and the background information on folk traditions of the North makes this a pleasurable read too. Whether you're a fan of Nordic style or are looking for gift ideas, this is one title you definitely need on your bookshelves.

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