A Modern Guide To Textured Crochet is a winner for me for two reasons. Firstly, I like the highly-textured stitch patterns. Secondly, Lee Sartori includes photo tutorials alongside the crochet charts. I have to admit that although I enjoy crochet, I generally stick with easy stitches and I avoid anything that includes a chart! I'm sure I could work it out, I just... don't. I'm thinking that the photo tutorials might be the hand-holding I need to move my crochet skills forward.
If Norwegian knitting includes lots of stranded knitting and cables, then this book will help you Knit Like A Norwegian! It contains multiple designs from six current Norwegian designers. Of the 33 designs in the book, 26 include stranded knitting, with the remaining 7 being cabled designs. The designs are eye-catching and varied. Some, like these below, are inspired by traditional Norwegian costume.
Lina-Marie's Dress and Maren's Shirt, both by Bente Presterud
As incredible as they are, I prefer the designs that take stranded knitting in new directions, such as Night Lily (below), where Kari Hestner uses stripes of similar colors to create a tonal background effect. Or the alternating plain and stranded stripes in Arne & Carlos's Stine's Pullover. Not only do I love the look, the design also allows you to alternate between focused and relaxed knitting as you switch between stranded and stockinette sections.
Night Lily by Kari Hestnes and Stine's Pullover, by Arne & Carlos
Many of the designs are not for the faint-hearted. "Lina-Marie's Dress", shown above, would take me months, if not years, to complete—it's made with all-over stranded knitting, using fingering weight yarn! And many designs include steeking, where you cut the fabric (to make armholes, for example) after you've finished knitting. Steeking allows you to knit in the round, rather than having to work stranded patterns back and forth. After steeking, you secure the cut edges, often by sewing them down. The whole process can seem a bit stressful! As with all knitting, anything is achievable, but if you are a novice, you may need help. Overall I think it's an incredible set of designs, so if you're a fan of Norwegian knitting (and a little bit brave), my guess is that you'll love this book.
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DROPS Soft Tweed – DK – 50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Viscose – Tweedy – Solid colors, Tweed colors
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Mandala Wool Blend – DK – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping
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