If you like traditional Faroese knitting motifs then Føroysk Bindingarmynstur by Hans Debes is a very useful book to have.
Originally, as with all traditional, hand knitted folk motifs, Faroese knitters would have passed on their designs only by word of mouth and would very rarely have actually kept physical copies of their patterns.
It was following a growing interest and appreciation of folk dress and textiles in the 1920’s, that Hans Debes decided to set about collecting and archiving all the Faroese designs which he then published in his book, Føroysk Bindingarmynstur.
Since its first publication in 1932 copies of the book have been difficult to find – apparently it made a reappearance in the early 1970’s but then seemed to disappear again.
A few years ago, when I was researching reference for Northern Knits Gifts: Thoughtful Projects Inspired by Folk Traditions, I searched hard for a copy but just couldn’t find one anywhere. I had discovered the joys of knitting with pure Faroese yarn and wanted to find out more about the Faroe Islands and their traditional knitwear and patterns – and although I found plenty of other useful books, it was this little book in particular that I wanted. (One of the useful books that I found was the Danish 1975 edition of Strik Med Farøegarn pictured above).
So, when I was contacted earlier this year by Fiona Parker, owner of the fabulous new online shop The Island Wool Company, you can imagine how pleased I was to discover that not only could you now buy pure Faroese yarn in England but you could also get hold of a brand new copy of Føroysk Bindingarmynstur.
Find out more about The Island Wool Company here and make an enquiry about buying a copy of Føroysk Bindingarmynstur…