My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Speaking of Colorwork

This came in the mail a couple of days ago:


This is Knit Nordic: 20 Contemporary Accessories Inspired by 4 Traditional Sweater Patterns by Eline Oftedal to be released this coming Tuesday, February 4.

Very clever idea for a book! Marius, Voss, Setesdal, and Fana are four of the iconic traditional Norwegian knitting patterns. I’ve knit several Norwegian sweaters and the patterns for these 4 are so familiar to me.

What the author has done in this book is take these four traditional patterns and offer 5 patterns for contemporary accessories based on each.

At the front of the book is a nice intro with information on the four iconic patterns.

First up, Marius. There are lots of vintage photos and some good information about the design on this page. And there are lots of Marius patterns on Ravelry.

The Marius index page of Knit Nordic:


The Marius patterns are for a handbag, a racerback tank top, hot pants (yikes), a teddy bear (awwwww!), and a Christmas stocking.

Next, Setesdal. There’s a lovely pattern for a Setesdal sweater listed in Ravelry.

The Setesdal index page of Knit Nordic:


Setesdal patterns: an iPad cover (I love this), a necktie, slippers, wristwarmers, and a beanie hat.

Next comes Fana. Here’s the Dale of Norway Fana pattern in Ravelry.

The Fana index page of Knit Nordic:


The Fana patterns are a beret, a “half-sweater” (like a small poncho), armwarmers, coffee press cosy, and cup cosies.

Finally, Voss. Here’s a pretty Dale of Norway Voss pattern in Ravelry.

The Voss index page of Knit Nordic:


The patterns are for a toilet roll cover, potholers, a cowl (she calls it a snood), a cushion cover, and an iPhone cover.

The skill level for each pattern is noted and the instructions look nice and clear. The colorwork is charted, in large, easy-to-see charts. There is a nice detailed techniques section in the back with information on knitting in the round and stranded knitting. Also included is information on working from charts, finishing techniques, and linings and fastenings.

The patterns are all very cute (though you will not catch me knitting stranded wool hot pants any time soon) and some of them are definitely easy enough for a colorwork newbie or wanna-be. The cowl or coffeepot or cup cosies would be very easy to make, and what great gifts. I can see almost anything in this book making a wonderful gift knit, and they are all fairly small projects so they would knit up quickly. The yarns used are listed by weight, not by specific brand (sport, DK, worsted, etc.) and there are some projects using bulky weight yarn that would knit up in a snap.

Sterling Publishing is once again sponsoring a giveaway for WendyKnits readers. Who’d like a copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing for a free copy of Knit Nordic: 20 Contemporary Accessories Inspired by 4 Traditional Sweater Patterns by Eline Oftedal (generously supplied by Sterling Publishing), leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern Time, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. At that time the Random Number Generator will select a winner.

Leftovers Cowl

Work continues on my Leftovers Cowl:


I am close to half done — I have 2.75 repeats done at this point and I plan to knit to 6 repeats. And I have yet to use a yarn twice. But I will soon be repeating yarns as I am running out of new balls of leftovers!


Loki wants to get in a game of hide and seek before the Superbowl.


He’s waiting for me. 🙂


  1. Love that Christmas stocking. The puppy gave mine a little bit of a chew this year, and I’ve been looking for just the right pattern!

  2. Very timely. This is my year to learn colorwork.

  3. Donna Christiansen says:

    The books really neat

  4. Rhoda Besecker says:

    The book sounds quite inspirational for gifts. And Loki, as always, looks very handsome

  5. What a lovely book!
    Mo´s last blog post ..Teststrick Handstulpen

  6. I would love to have this! I would like to learn color work, and some of these projects look like like perfect practice.

  7. The patterns look beautiful!

  8. Lovely book. Thanks for showing it. I definitely need some more practice with colourwork before I can even think about doing a jumper 😉

  9. Phyllis Holder says:

    Would you please enter me! I need to work on my color work.

  10. That looks likes a lovely book!
    Valerie´s last blog post ..Determination, thy name is squirrel

  11. I really want to learn how to do color work! Oh and that kitty baby is just adorable.

  12. oh, I would so looove to get my hands on this book, looks perfectly lovely!
    best wishes from Iceland

  13. imjustlori says:

    I’ve fallen down the rabbithole of colorwork recently, and would love to have this book. Give Loki a scritch for me!

  14. Nice book!

  15. Great book and giveaway, thanks!

  16. Pamela W. says:

    Every Norwegian cell in my body is delighted in this new book! And there are lots of those! I would love to add this book to my collection of Norwegian knitting books.

  17. Shirley Gallagher says:

    This book looks wonderful. I would love to learn something new. And I am quite willing to play with Loki.

  18. Elaine F. says:

    Would love that book. It looks very interesting.

  19. I love colorwork, but have never knit any Norwegian designs. This book would be a great way to do that. Thanks for offering it.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Just a quick note.

  20. Lovely book, looks like wonderful projects to use up leftovers from other stranded projects. Love all the inspiration sweaters as well.

  21. I would love this book. Hope I win. I also adore the cowl you’re knitting.

  22. The first sweater I knit for myself was a Setesdal pullover. Thank you for bringing back warm memories.

  23. Looks like some really nice patterns in this book.
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..It’s a new year!

  24. Stephanie H. says:

    What a great book! I would love to try my hand at these patterns.

  25. Sounds like a cool book but I agree with you about the pants. This whole “swants” thing is,to my way of thinking, not to be encouraged.

  26. Love watching the progress of your cowl. It’s tempting me to give fair isle a try!

    And I would certainly love to receive knit Nordic – I love Scandinavian design.

    Hugs to Loki.

  27. linda broglan says:

    Love Nordic patterns! Pls Random number generator pick me 🙂
    Loki is such a cute fellow, love his fluffiness!

  28. I would love this book!

  29. linda broglan says:

    Absolutely admire your current cowl…all those colors and patterns, so beautiful! 🙂

  30. I finally got over my fear of colorwork & made a fair isle stocking for my son for Christmas this past holiday season. This book has just the small projects to keep me going!

  31. quiltercaroline says:

    The book looks really cool – this year is the year of colourwork so would be a great resource to get my hands on. I am loving your leftover cowl, just amazing. Thank you

  32. I would love to start knitting colorwork and these patterns look cute!

  33. Me, me, please! One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn to do colorwork, so this would be a great way to learn. Thanks for sharing!

  34. That book looks cool. Loki is just a very handsome kitty.

  35. Linda G Howell says:

    Wow! So many cool things to knit! Christmas stocking and ipad cover would be first!

  36. That book looks wonderful! I’m not especially familiar with colorwork, but I’d love to learn.

  37. You must have a bucketload of leftover yarns!!! But your cowl is looking so very pretty!! Can’t wait to see it when it’s done…

  38. Elaine in NYC says:

    Looks like fun!

  39. I’m interested in the book it looks fun!

  40. Wow! I would love that book.

  41. What a cool book! I love knitting stranded colorwork, but can’t cope with long projects. This book looks perfect!

  42. This book looks wonderful – love that a lot of the projects are smallish. Your leftovers cowl is, again, just gorgeous. LOVE your color combinations. And that Loki – so sweet hiding there!
    Lizy Tish´s last blog post ..Random Things for a Friday

  43. D. Meredith says:

    I’m loving your leftover Cowl ! The book looks like a great one for my collection. Thanks!

  44. Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  45. I like the small-ness of the projects…good starters.

  46. Susanne Clark says:

    Here in Southwestern Wisconsin there has been a continuing Nordic presence, witnessed by the ladies who knit; I frequently see this type of pattern coming off their needles.

  47. I’m feeling so inspired by colorwork these days and your cowl is the reason! I’d love to win this book to get those creative juices flowing! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Meredith´s last blog post ..Episode #22 Ahem-er-bleh

  48. Looks like a wonderful book. I love stranded colorwork! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
    pdxknitterati/michele´s last blog post ..Never too late…

  49. I love colourwork! It’s so entertaining.
    Julia´s last blog post ..Last minute knitting

  50. Count me in! The cowl looks great. I’ll have to knit more socks. I think my sock yarn leftovers would be enough for a couple of cup cozies!

  51. What a great book! I’d love to win your review copy.

    Your left over sock yarn cowl is itching me to do colorwork! I’ve only knit a hat (Peerie Flooers) by Kate Davies but I am really looking forward to start a bigger colorwork project soon. A cowl is a perfect idea!

    You are a true inspiration and I look forward to your posts each week.

  52. That is an awesome cowl, I love the way you are combining the various colors. And it’s the perfect accompaniment to the Knit Nordic book, which I think I would also love!!

  53. Totally would be all about this book.

  54. That book looks very inspiring. Thanks for a chance at winning it.

  55. This book looks great! Still loving your cowl.

  56. Love the stitch patterns. I have always liked the Sandnes and Dale classic designs and remember seeing Marius, Setesdal, and Fana patterning, but somehow had missed the Voss. I think that might be my favorite.

    The book looks wonderful and so does your cowl.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..Spring Cleaning Comes Early, Plus Year End Wrap-up

  57. Looks like a great resource for some awesome small projects.

  58. The teddy bear looks so cute.

  59. The only Nordic sweater I own is store-bought. II believe it is time to remedy that.

  60. Looks like a good book to have! Colorwork is so tempting when it is cold and snowy.

  61. Ruth Porter says:

    OMG, Loki is sooooo cute!

  62. Colorwork is a new technique for me – so the book looks interesting – small projects to learn on.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Icy

  63. Sarah Fuller says:

    Would love this one. Nordic patterns are great and challenging!

  64. Abby call says:

    I love colorwork. This would be a fun book to have. Your cowl is looking gorgeous. love all the colors.

  65. I love new knitting books, and I love when new ones come out. I really would enjoy owning this one.

  66. This looks like a great book.

  67. Aimee Hubbard says:

    I love the patterns and your cowl is really beautiful!

  68. Seeing your cowl makes me want to try colorwork now. I have always been a lace and texture sort of knitter, but that cowl looks so fun. And could you remember me in your will for the rest of your sock yarn stash?

  69. Thx for giveaway! Love the Loki photos.

  70. Nancy Clark says:

    Looks like a great book, I’d love to have it!

  71. Stephanie RJ says:

    Would love to win!

  72. Perhaps this book can help improve my stranded knitting. The patterns are lovely.

  73. Amy Schulze says:

    A great primer for Nordic color work!

  74. If I don’t win, I’ll buy!

  75. Judith Smith says:

    Looks like a fun book

  76. celestine Getty says:

    WOW what a great book. I would love to have one.

  77. I haven’t done color work in years but am doing it again. Love the fresh looks in this book.

  78. I’d love the book. And Loki. 🙂

  79. What a lovely book, and I like the idea of smaller projects. Thanks for offering the book

  80. Deborah Gajee says:

    Looks wonderful!!!!

  81. I love your cowl and Loki—he’s gorgeous!

    Thanks for the chance to win the book. After all the large projects I’m doing, I would love to do smaller ones for a while!

  82. sure like the sound of this book…

  83. Marsha C. says:

    Oooooh, this book is calling my name! Just took a colorwork class this weekend and am so inspired to do more. Pick me! Pick me! Haha! Thanks for offering the drawing, and for continuing to inspire us with your amazing knitting projects.

  84. Phyllis G says:

    I love Loki and would very much love to win this book.

  85. Bridget Rickard says:

    I’ve done several Dales. Still love knitting them. The cowl is beautiful.

  86. Anne Marie B says:

    Gorgeous book!

  87. Sounds/looks like a great pattern book. I particularly appreciate the links to the designer’s pages on Ravelry. They give us a good insight into the designer’s work; hence, a good insight into the worth of the book.

  88. Thanks as always for the contest! I would also not knit the hot pants.

  89. Love color work. Love Nordic patterns. What a great combination.

  90. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Great book! Thank you for the offer, Wendy. Your cowl is beautiful, too!

  91. What a great idea for a book, I’ve frequently debated adding color work to smaller items but always lose my nerve.

  92. I like the idea of the small, almost-instant -gratification giftables
    A chance to practice the techniques w/o investing too much time.
    A great way to work up to the next level .

    Loki is just so darn handsome!


  93. Thank you for such a unique and clear,as well as inspiring description for this wwell-written Nordic book.So inspiring!!

    Love your current project-colors AND designs..what fun!!

  94. This book is going on my wish list!

  95. Love the leftovers cowl!

  96. Jackie Wilson says:

    Very, very nice!

  97. I love colourwork and that looks like a lovely book for the technique
    Rachelle – Warming Crafts´s last blog post ..New School Year

  98. Winning this book would be great but either way I’m going to get a copy. I love color work.

  99. Susan Picciano says:

    Looks like fun

  100. I’ve been meaning to knit more colourwork. Maybe the hot pants are the project to motivate me!