Author(s): Arne Nerjordet
Arne & Carlos derived the inspiration for this book from numerous Setesdal patterns. Many were found in the attics of old houses, in books, on postcards, and from old knitting patterns. In their newest book, Norwegian Knits with a Twist, you will find 33 patterns for gorgeous sweaters in bright colours, to suit both men and women. Ideas for accessories such as mittens, hats, wrist warmers, stockings, small and large pillows, teddy bears and much more. The levels of difficulty vary from completely easy patterns to those for more experienced knitters. Through experience gained from working alongside Scandinavia's most respected knitters, many of whom still use centuries-old techniques, Arne & Carlos seek to preserve tradition while creating pieces that are fresh and modern. The 33 patterns in this book have been inspired by Setesdal's cultural heritage but were designed with a little twist.
With all things Scandinavian more popular than ever, here is a whole book dedicated to knitting projects in this style. Popular knitwear designers Arne and Carlos have filled this handsome book with lovely pieces taken from traditional motifs from Setesdal in Southern Norway. As with all the Arne and Carlos series you can expect a beautifully illustrated book with pictures of more than just the projects. The inspiration behind this collection is Arne's grandmother who came from this area, and her house that was filled with items to inspire designs. There are lots of pictures of traditional items like Christmas cards and knitting patterns as well as the authors and others wearing the clothes and interesting snippets about Setesdal motifs. This is the home of what we think of as the classic Scandinavian sweater, and there are patterns for several in here along with socks, hats, mittens, blankets, pillows, a tea cozy and more. Patterns include written instructions and charts, many in color along with large full page photographs and notes about the inspiration behind the design. The yarns used are all as Scandinavian as the projects and there is a short but handy list of UK and US stockists and substitutes along with websites. This is a book aimed at intermediate and upwards knitters with no information about actual knitting, just the patterns but at this level this should be enough. Something for less proficient knitters to aspire to and a lovely book in all respects. If you cannot find a good range of knitting materials locally try http://www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers. - Myshelf.com
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison, Norwegian and Swedish respectively, established their design company ARNE & CARLOS in 2002. Drawing on traditional Scandinavian influences and the natural environment, they create original and striking knitwear, and work with such prestigious fashion designers as Comme des Garcons. Arne and Carlos' creative base is their eclectic farm in Norway, where they absorb the rich tradition of Scandinavian arts and crafts while exploring their own knitwear inspirations. www.arne-carlos.com