First Frost Look Inside

Here is a short video with Allison Korleski (Interweaves editorial director) taking you through First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting…

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First Frost Publication Update!

TokaSocksJust to let you know that First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting will be published very shortly but not nearly as soon as I had first understood.
The official on sale date is now 20th November in the US

The photo shows the fabulously decorative and very comfy to wear Tóka socks which were inspired by the exuberantly coloured and patterned socks from the Estonian island of Muhu.

These socks are knitted in the round from the top down using 5 dpns. They have a traditional folk cast-on,  the flower motif on the foot demonstrates a clever technique for knitting single areas of pattern in the round and the toes are shaped using a traditional Estonian shaping technique…

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To Knit or Not to Knit?

to knit or not to knitThis is the title of Elvira Woodruff’s entertaining new book which ‘offers humorous tales of triumph and terror for knitters, with a witty nod to the famous and infamous throughout history.’

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy by Elvira herself as on p135 there is a photo of a very handsome Annelli Doll  — the pattern for Annelli is in Northern Knits: Gifts.

It’s a great read and I think it would make the perfect gift for any avid knitter as there are tips galore and even patterns  — Baby’s First Mitts (p12) are very sweet…

Find out more on Elvira’s website, here and here.

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Nålbindning and Northern Knitting Workshops


This year West Dean is hosting a special Nordic Themed Weekend in December and I’m really pleased to be taking part and teaching two workshops — Swedish Nålbindning: The Basics and Northern Knits: Folk Knitting Techniques for Garments.

Nålbindning is a fascinating technique used for creating woollen textiles using only short lengths of natural fibers and a single needle. There are many distinctive stitch structures and regional variations of this Scandinavian technique and during this ‘taster’ day workshop I shall be concentrating on just one classic Swedish Nålbindning method. We will use an authentic Nålbindning needle and Swedish wool yarn to work with.

Northern Knits: Folk Knitting Techniques for Garments is a longer course that is ideally suited to the intermediate and advanced knitter. There will be plenty of time to learn some of the stunning and original techniques frequently used in Northern folk hand knits including; Swedish twined knitting, stranded or Fair Isle patterned colour work, yokes and steeking. Each of these techniques feature in my new book First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting and I will be bringing these new projects along with me so there will be plenty of nordic style knits for you to look at and study.

The photos below are from First Frost and show the steeked arm and neck of the Elsa Sweater, colour work and twined stitch detailing on the Lyyli Project Bag and the distinctive Fia Plotulopi Cardigan yoke.

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First Frost!

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First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting is a brand new collection of knits for all the family. It is a celebration of Northern, Nordic and Baltic decorative folk knitting techniques and in particular those techniques used for folk mitten, glove and sock making.

There are projects for women, men, children and the home and you will be able to explore, learn and put into practice unique folk techniques such as knotted and decorative cast ons, braiding, steeking, colour work, unusual regional shaping, decorative fringing, embroidery, thrumming, twined and twisted stitches all while knitting socks, cushions, toys, sweaters, gloves, hats and more -  your everyday knitting will never be the same again!

First Frost is due out in America on the 9th of October and in the UK on the 28th November — and over the next few weeks I shall be showing more of the projects from the book…

You can pre order a copy of the physical book directly from the Interweave store, Barnes and Noble, Amazon US and Amazon UK

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