“[Follow] Elsebeth’s captivating journey through the interlace patterns that are found in manuscripts [and] on buckles, brooches, and other historical artifacts. … Elsebeth calls her techniques simple, but the results are anything but!”—Cast On magazine
Reminiscent of Alice Starmore’s classic Aran Knitting, Lavold’s fascinating exploration of the historical and cultural contexts behind Scandinavian cable knitting traditions is an essential addition to knitting collections.”Library Journal
[W]hen you enter Lavold’s world, you won’t find typical stitch-dictionary cables. Rather
you’ll not only find striking pattern designs, you’ll also discover new twists and turnsall charted outfor you to incorporate into your own work.”Vogue Knitting
The depth of detail is fantastic
[J]ust as rich in inspiration as the first one.”Deb Boyken
[B]eautifully photographed and richly illustrated
Not only are the knitting patterns interesting to study, [but also] all the history, photos, and drawings in this marvelous book.”Linda Marveng
If you love cables, there’s not one pattern you won’t want to try.
If you want to knit and create your own cables as well as surround yourself with their history and symbolism, this book will be a welcomed addition to your personal library.”Examiner.com
Ever since her ground-breaking book Viking Patterns for Knitting was published, Elsebeth Lavold has been recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on cabling. It was within the pages of her international bestsellerdescribed as an indispensable milestone in twentieth century knitting literature”that Lavold first introduced the world to her own innovation: using lifted increases to create interlace patterns rather than just to shape garments, bringing new life to the ornamental heritage of the Vikings as adornment on modern knitwear.
In the years since, Lavold has sought new ideas and design cousins” to Viking patterns to explore with her needles, and so she has traveled a fascinating journey through archives, museums, libraries, and the Internet. During more than a decade of continued research, she has studied cultures from all over the globe in search of similar types of ornamental expressions, destined to become the launch pad for her own unique designsand the foundation of this exciting new book.
In addition to providing an abundance of fresh and stunningly beautiful step-by-step knit designs, Lavold has analyzed a huge number of pattern types, displaying them in both swatch and chart form, to allow readers to create their own designs based on her research. The result is a glorious knitting book, rich in imagery, history, patterns, and designsa new classic.