My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

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. Looks like a great book to have. Would love to have a copy. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Shirley Ryan says:

    I absolutely love Nordic/Scandinavian patterns. One of my favorite sweaters is one I designed the pattern for doing it in knit/purl rather than different colors. The yoke and sleeve cap and cuffs.

  3. I would so love Nordic Knit. I love these kinds of patterns!

  4. Lisa-Marie says:

    I love all Nordic knitting so this would be an awesome book to have!
    Loki and you are the best!

  5. Looks like a great book. Love your current project!

  6. I would really like to win this book. I have been wanting to learn color work for a long time. Loki is such a handsome boy!

  7. Love, love, love all four of these traditional patterns! Thanks for the drawing!

  8. Gina Zahra says:

    Such lovely patterns…my fingers are definitely crossed 🙂

  9. Sue Cawley says:

    This looks like a fun way to practice colorwork without committing to a huge project.

  10. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    I would love to have more color work patterns to try. Fingers crossed. Thanks, Wendy.

  11. Would love to win this

  12. This looks like a great book. I want to improve my colorwork skills.

  13. Would love this!

  14. I would adore this book! Thanks

  15. Mary Peake says:

    What a great looking book! My favorites in the pictures were the teddy bear and fingerless gloves. Thanks Wendy for sharing!

  16. This book looks like a great intro to color work with so many smaller projects – no need to commit to a steeked sweater that would take me years to finish! I’m also interested to read about the background of the sweater patterns these are based on. I’ll be looking for this in the store. I’m making lists, stranded technique and pattern books are what I’m focusing on this year 🙂

  17. I’m obsessed with colorwork right now! Would love to win this!

  18. What lovely designs! Will Loki be choosing the winner?

  19. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Love that lovely Loki. I think he is so handsome.

  20. can’t wait to see this book!!!!!!! looks like a real goodie!!!
    steph@woolythyme´s last blog post’s good to be KNOWN as a knitter….

  21. Looks like a fun book- I love colorwork, especially with the traditional/historical background.

  22. I’d love a chance! Thanks so much!

  23. I would love a copy of this book! I’m a bit past it for the hot pants. . .well, I don’t think they would ever have suited me. . . but the ipad cosy, the pot holder, the beret–so many possibilities. I love stranded colorwork, but don’t always want to cope with a sweater project.

  24. Love Norwegian color work! My grandmother knit Norwegian sweaters…all the grandchildren have sweaters and mittens knit by her! I’ve knit 2 and am working on a pair of mittens based upon a pair she knit for me. Would love to win the book!

  25. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    That looks like a great book. Mr. Loki just keeps getting cuter!

  26. Your cowl looks wonderful – and so does the book! Loki is even more beautiful as he is growing. Wow!

    Thanks for the chance on the book!

  27. Catherine S. says:

    Pick me! I adore the traditional Norwegian patterns and never get tired of them!

  28. I would like this.

  29. Looks interesting…do I dare try?

  30. Such an enticing book. It’s stranded colorwork February at my LYS. This would be perfect. Many thanks for all of the inspiration and, as always, the kitties.

  31. It would be most sweet to win this as I have been warming up to the idea of colorwork and ready to jump in…soon as I finish my socks. Seems you and Loki are in the zone…loveley

  32. Beautiful pieces! A lovely way to introduce colorwork into one’s knitting. Definite must for any knitter’s library! Love a copy. Thank you for all your inspiration and encouragement ofmour craft.

  33. Count me in…I love colorwork and I’m not happy unless I have 2-7 colored skeins juggling around. Keeping them away from the cats though, should be considered an Olympic event.

  34. Love to try some of those projects.

  35. Comment!

  36. I’ll have to look into this book – I’ve been wanting to l earn to do colorwork! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Knit Nordic looks Great! Love your current project using leftover yarn!!

  38. Sally Melville taught me how to knit with 2 colors and I’d love to try a project out of this book!
    Anne Bean´s last blog post ..Fluffy infinity scarf. Long, style different ways. Gift for men, women, teens. Fits all sizes. Black with poofs of color. by AnnesFineHandknits

  39. How very apt … here I am knitting your pattern of Sanquhar socks & up pops this giveaway!
    Lovin’ the cowl progress, super dupe 🙂

  40. Magnificent. I can do tapestry crochet, and I would love to be able to do the same type of intricate colorwork with knitting. Thank you for showing this lovely collection of patterns.

  41. Charlotte N says:

    Your “Leftovers Cowl” is so interesting and gorgeous! You are the most talented knitter ever!! Love the picture of Loki hiding, he’s adorable! I enjoy your blog and newsletter so much. Thank you for taking the time to share photos and info about your projects and Loki. Have a good week!

  42. Not sure I can enter the give-away when I’m in Europe? The book looks very interesting indeed! Although it looks like it’s not so much Nordic as purely Norwegian.

  43. I love Scandinavian knitwear and would be thrilled if I won this book 🙂

  44. Yes, please enter me in the drawing. The use of the four patterns is so cool and I don’t see why you could not switch knit pattern and project around. 🙂

  45. Very interesting – thank you for your explanations!
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  46. Beautiful book, left-overs cowl, and LOKI!

  47. Chris Reeske says:

    I’d like to do more color work, as of yet mine isn’t very smooth, maybe some small projects are a good idea.

  48. Thanks for the chance to win a book it looks very well put together
    colorwork is a technique I’d like to learn

  49. What a lovely book. Thank you for another great giveaway. Good luck everyone
    Jayney´s last blog post ..Skirts & Pincushions

  50. KMaldonado says:

    Still on my colorwork journey as a process knitter.

  51. Seeing your cowl is a great motivator! Would love the book too!

  52. Jackie Bartlett says:

    Love the cowl. Would love the book! Hi to Loki.

  53. Thank you!

  54. Would love to try that Setesdal sweater pattern. Count me in for a chance on this book!

  55. I would love a copy of this book. It looks like a lot of fun.

  56. Stardancer says:

    My one attempt at stranded colorwork was a disastrous failure, so I’d love some good directions for trying again! The coffee press cozy especially is adorable.

  57. Looks great. I really need to tackle some colorwork this year.

  58. This book looks like a great opportunity to learn color work, I would love it!

  59. No hot pants or toilet roll covers for me, but hats cowls or sweaters are a go!

  60. Oh my goodness, that book looks wonderful!

    And colourwork hot-pants make me want to chuckle. I’m the type who might just try it to see if I can, though!

  61. Getting better at colorwork is one of my top knitting goals for 2014 – this book would be perfect to get started!

  62. Traci Kennedy says:

    I would love to knit from this book, especially the Snood! I have no idea why but that sounds like something that the Grinch would want to steal.

  63. Alice Moisen says:

    Looks like a great book. I’m headed to Scandanavia this summer. This would be a great head-start

  64. I would love to win this book.

  65. Looks like a great book!

  66. Alice in Richmond says:

    Hotpants? I will if you will….

  67. Oh please pick me! What an inspiring, creative book!

  68. Love the book and the leftover cowl! Perfect for stashbusting all those bits and bobs!

  69. Would love to learn more about this style of colorwork!

  70. Beautiful book. Please count me in!

  71. Mary Alyce says:

    I have been afraid to try colourwork since it looks so daunting. This book makes it seem very approachable.

  72. I love color work I think the teddy is a nice project to get me back in the swing of it. Your cowl is turning out amazing!

  73. I love knitting colorwork!

    What a handsome kitty he is, every picture makes me want to snuggle him more!
    Sarah O G´s last blog post ..Test knitting toys.

  74. Living in South Florida, this looks like a perfect way to use colorwork and not sweat through our 80 degree winters!

  75. Maybe the Random Number Generator will pick me this time —
    I’d love to have this book!

  76. I would love to win this book. I need more colowork in my life!

  77. MIchelle B. says:

    Ohhh! That book looks fabulous!

  78. Oh, I love colorwork and especially Nordic knits…what a great looking book! Thanks for the contest!

  79. Christienne L Stewen says:

    Wendy you always share such interesting items with us – I would be a colorwork “wannabe” but these accessories appear less intimidating than whole sweaters… so thanks for the ideas. 🙂
    Loki – looking adorable as ever – always brings a smile to my face! It’s tough to compete with that gorgeous knitting but he’s a good sport about it!

  80. We were in Oslo over the summer visiting our foreign exchange student (from 1978!) and I just bought wool to knit a Marius while we were there. I would love to have a copy of Knit Nordic – what a treat!

  81. I would love to try colorwork. This book seems to have small projects I could work on without having to commit to a sweater — which would normally be too warm for us in Maryland, so count me in for the give away.
    And once again, thank you for doing this.

  82. Nordic? Yeah!

  83. I’m definitely a stranded colorwork newbie, and really appreciate the small projects in this book. But just in case I don’t get drawn, I’m noting this title in a little document I call “gifts for the knitter”, which will be directed to the family about mid-April (nice Mother’s day pressie, yes!)
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Dinner time!

  84. Beautiful book, beautiful sweaters. Who couldn’t love to own this book?

  85. I’ve never done color work and this book looks like a great place to start!

  86. The book looks great! Thanks for offering the drawing!

  87. I would like to kit colourwork. This book would be a good starter.

  88. Thanks for the giveaway! Lots of fun projects to try.

  89. I’d love to try some of the patterns in Nordic Knits. Your cowl is beautiful and chases away the winter blahs.

  90. Liz in Missouri says:

    I’m loving your cowl. One of my goals this year is to use up some of my leftover sock yarn and I think this idea for a cowl is fabulous. You’re such an inspiration! Isn’t it fun that this book showed up right in the middle?

  91. This is the year of color work! But one look outside tells me-not for months and months (if ever)

  92. Oh, these are so pretty! I kind of want to make the hot pants…

  93. Ooh me! I enjoy colorwork but can never pick a pattern. Maybe this will help. 🙂
    Kim´s last blog post ..How I pack to move.

  94. Great idea for a book.

  95. Heather K says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book, I would love to try some colour-work.

  96. I would love a copy of this book. Using these patterns on different projects is a great idea! I love your leftover cowl Wendy. It’s a great idea to use up the sock yarn. Loki is such a cutey!

  97. Jo Anne Wetherell-Moriarty says:

    I have challenged myself to learn colorwork this year. This book would be great to have. Thanks.

  98. I’m doing color work now and it is fun!

  99. Looks like a good book! I always like to find a project that’s challenging, but not six months of challenging. And I’m terribly impressed by the vastness of your sock yarn leftovers! I have big feet and like tallish sock tops, so my leftover ball is usually pretty tiny.

  100. Looks like a good one. Thanks for the giveaway.