My current work in progress:

Freshet, by Irina Anikeeva for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13, knit from Rowan Softyak DK in the Steppe colorway, using 3.75mm and 4mm 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. This book is what I need to start working with colors. Thanks for the contest.

  2. Love these types of patterns. What a good idea!

  3. Oh, come on — hot pants? Loki is a gem.

  4. My Norwegian husband can’t enough of these designs! And i think they are fun to knit – except those hot pants…

  5. i LOVE nordic design & this would be the best for around the house & gifts!!!

  6. Looks like a great book! I’ve had standed colorwork on my knitting bucket list for a while now. This book might be the one that finally makes me cast on a project and try it out.

  7. Serendipity! I was just planning some nordic – inspired xmas stockings for next year. Your cowl, btw, looks amazing. Looking forward to the finished product.

  8. Soxy Jane says:

    Lovely cowl – lovely cat – lovely book. I wouldn’t mind having one (the book – I’ve already got a cat.)

  9. It’s been too long since I’ve done any colorwork- I’d love the excuse to get both my hands working at the same time!

  10. Sandra Kerr says:

    Looks like a fun book! I’d love to win it.
    Loki reminds me of my cat. She hides in similar ways, and then is shocked when I find her.

  11. Ooh, I’d love that. I’m ethnically Norwegian(-American) and haven’t yet ventured into Norwegian-style knitting.

  12. I’ve always found colorwork to be a bit daunting but you’ve inspired me to dive deeper this season!

  13. This book looks great. Colorwork projects that are faster than a sweater. good times. 🙂

  14. What a gorgeous book! My stranded color work knitting experience is limited; the chapters you outlined are inspirational. And I love your left over cowl!

  15. Denise in Ohio says:

    This would be a book that I would actually use, not just drool over.

  16. Great book!

  17. Enjoyed reading your review of Knit Nordic–I’d love to see all these fun patterns!

  18. I just posted in the incorrect comments section however I think the same comments apply to your current project and this book!

  19. Bridget Murphy says:

    I love the small designs in this book. I have wanted to learn color work but so far have been intimidated by large projects.

  20. Lisa Leavitt says:

    looks like a great book!

  21. I love color work and would love to have this book.

  22. What a great way to learn Nordic, knitting. One small project at a time.

  23. Thanks for the chance at a fun book!

  24. The cowl you are making looks is more impressive each time I look at it. I shared it with my knitting group and there were several hoo’ s and aww’s.

  25. Great book, nice smaller project ideas for color work practice.

  26. Monica Cortada says:

    Your cowl looks lovely. I’m having a hard time wrapping my imagination around all the socks you must have made to end up with that much left over sock yarn!

  27. mary mcmahon says:

    love the leftovers cowl…maybe you could do a Setesdal pattern from the book in it? Mary in Cincinnati

  28. Thanks for the opportunity to win! :0)

  29. This looks like a wonderful book!
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  30. I have been (im)patiently waiting for Eline’s book since last year!!! Would love to have it!

  31. What a wonderful book!!!

  32. I would love to have a copy of this book! 🙂

  33. Looks like a wonderful introduction to these iconic patterns. Have not personally attempted one of the four, but this book with its manageable projects might be just the ticket!

  34. BarbaraS. says:

    Love the Nordic look. I’d love to win the book.

  35. Your cowl is beautiful. I’m hoping someday to master that talent.

  36. lovely book…please pick me oh random generator!!

  37. I would love to have this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. I’d love a copy of that book! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  39. What a lovely way to use up leftovers! I wish I had more. Will we see more project like this from you?
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  40. Mary Jackson says:

    My goal this year is to learn to do colorwork and this book looks like it could be the inspiration to get started.

  41. Amanda Rae says:

    Love the colorwork!!!

  42. Wow, some lovely (and fun!) patterns! Thanks for the chance to win this book. Loki just keeps getting fluffier and more handsome all the time!

  43. What a great book. This winter I have been looking at all kinds of colorwork projects and thinking it may be time to jump in. There are several projects that would make a good jumping off point for me.

  44. Looks like this would be a good book to start doing colorwork with and not have to start with a sweater. I would be very interested in this book!

  45. Mmmm…. A beautiful book with beautiful patterns. Please enter me into your drawing.

  46. Having recently attempted fair isle again after a long hiatus, I discovered it is not as hard in my hands as it was in my head! I would love this book to stretch me some more!

  47. That iPad cover looks so cute!

  48. Peggy aka PickleSoup says:

    Oooh. I love stranded colorwork.

  49. Midnite Baker says:

    Hi, Quick note to say “hi”. Love the colorwork. Would love to have this book. M

  50. Looks like a book I will really enjoy.

  51. Susan Forman says:

    Would love to try hot pants for my neice. She would flip. Thanks

  52. annalilly says:

    I love Loki’s expression, “You can’t see me.” He’s really getting beautiful with momma’s care.

  53. Thanks for offering this, looks like a wonderful book!

  54. Carol Lee says:

    Giveaway looks good. I’d love a some inspiration to learn stranded colorwork.

  55. Oh, please, Random Number Generator, choose me! 😉
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  56. What a wonderful book! Thanks for the generous chance to win one.

  57. Your cowl is gorgeous. What a great way to use up the scrap balls. As for the book, I think I need it! Whether I win it or buy it, it needs to be part of the collection.
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  58. That looks like a great inspiration-for-gifts book!
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  59. beautiful! if only that random number generator would look my way…

  60. These patterns remind me of the lovely ideas in Alice Starmore’s works.

  61. JoBleudeMaine says:

    What a clever book. I own a Setesdal sweater but I didn’t manage to knit it; I bought it at the Dale store in Olso in 1992. Still looks great!

  62. Please enter my name for the book give a way. It looks like fun. Thank you

  63. Am I too late? 🙂

    Book looks gorgeous! Would love to knit the iPad cover, and ask the other things. Adorable!
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  64. WOW !!! That would be awesome to win, I am just starting to do color work and love it

  65. The cowl you are making is lovely and Loki looks so huggable!

  66. Oooh such beautiful patterns, I would love love the chance to knit some of the designs 🙂

  67. I used a cute shorts pattern from knits.1. I don’t remember how they described the shorts, but I wore a wool version with a matching no-pattern tee as pajamas. They were comfy and I felt pretty good knowing that I’d made them myself. The legs were stockinette, so they rolled up to a “short-shorts'” look, but I was wearing them to bed, so I didn’t care about modesty or vanity. Later, I made a version in a plant fiber (bamboo???) for warmer weather and they didn’t roll up as much as the wool ones; about mid-thigh. Those were really comfy for doing chores around the apartment.

  68. Kristine M. says:

    Loki always has such a serious expression on his little face. He must have a lot on his mind!