by Mette N. Handberg
Subtitled “Classic Sweaters, Hats, Vests, and Mittens,” more than 20 knitting projects fill this volume written by Handberg. Mette N. Handberg designed the 2006-2007 official sweater for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. She has been a prominent textile artist in Norway for more than 40 years, and has designed patterns for Norway’s famous sweater company, Dale.
Included with each project are step-by-step instructions, design templates, and pattern charts. (All stranded motifs and repeats are charted.) The opening pages contain some good common sense reminders. Also included are notes about steeks, techniques for binding off, seaming, etc. There are even sections on correcting problems and mistakes and a resource list showing where clasps, buttons and Norwegian yarn can be purchased in both the U.S. and Norway.
Knitting skills needed for these patterns are advanced beginner to advanced intermediate, depending upon the pattern. The patterns for most items are contemporary with a few traditional ones included. Full color photography displays the finished projects amid beautiful Norwegian scenery. If you don’t knit, you might enjoy simply looking at the beautiful garments, architectural settings, and landscapes.