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 Product Description-Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and
                   Projects for Today's Knitter
 In Viking Patterns for Knitting, ancient Nordic ornamentation has been translated into an exquisite array of designs for knitters.
                 Featuring 14 projects, clear instructions and charts, inspiring color photos, and 60 Viking motifs.



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Customer Reviews:
96 of 98 people found the following review helpful

A Lovely Book for a Specialized Audience, June 10, 2004 By Rebecca Haden (Fayetteville, AR)
  This review is from: Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter (Hardcover) I love this book, and
have made several projects using the patterns. But it is not a book for every knitter, and certainly not for the new or casual
knitter. For one thing, much of the book is taken up with archaeological discussion -- interesting, but those who buy the book
just for the patterns may not feel they're getting their money's worth. Second, you really have to learn new skills to use it. I am a
very experienced knitter, and can use both charts and traditionally-written directions, but it took me a while to grasp this new
system (I wrote the code for the charts onto the page of each chart I used, and that helped). And, third, the sweaters themselves
are not adaptable, simple, sized for everyone, or even necessarily suited for daily wear. All are very special, unusual designs --
the ball gowns of the sweater world -- and friends will say "Oh, you're wearing your Viking sweater!" every time you do.That
said, let me also say that I submerged myself in Viking...


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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful

Awesome designs, sketchy directions, April 14, 2000 By A Customer
This review is from: Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter (Hardcover) Viking Patterns for
Knitting is a beautiful, inspiring book that should engage both hand-knitters and other artisans interested in Viking design work.
The sweaters Lavold has designed are, for the most part, glorious -- attractive and challenging even for an accomplished knitter
-- and she shares the artifacts that inspired her designs. She also gives charts for variations on the different cabling patterns to
lead the reader to design her own sweaters or to amend Lavold's. Unfortunately, the book often gives away the fact that it's the
first translation from Lavold's native Swedish. The text could definitely have used a more detail-oriented editor both for the
descriptions or the projects and the background on the Viking designs as well as for the directions for the sweaters -- in my first
perusal, I found one mistake in a pattern. If you're interested in knitting cabled works of art, this book will appeal to you
immediately -- I can't wait to get started on several...



60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Inspiration for the designer, May 16, 2000 By Sara Benson (Palo Alto, CA USA)
  This review is from: Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter (Hardcover) In "Viking Patterns for
Knitting", author Elsebeth Lavold presents 54 unique cable patterns she created based on extensive research into Viking
ornamentation. While the Viking were not knitters, the patterns the Vikings created in metal bear a strong resemblance to Aran
patterns and other cabling patterns. Lavold has chosen patterns that could be adapted for knitting, and has devised several
techniques to enable smooth transitions between cabled and non-cabled areas.Many of the Viking patterns are incorporated
into 14 sweaters, primarily for women. Directions are presented in standard knitting notation, with charts for all patterns. Photos
of all sweaters are in color. Examples of Viking artifacts and cable patterns are in black and white.The strength of this book is in
the cable patterns themselves, providing a foundation for the designer to create unique textural pieces. The information on the
cable patterns is interspersed with the sweater directions,...

				
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