There's something kind of irresistibly adorable about the projects in Grete Letting's Warm Little Knits: Classic Norwegian Two-Color Pattern Knitwear. It could be all the color, sure, and the cute stranded knitting motifs, many of which shes says were inspired by classic mitten designs.
Part of it has to do with the adorable people who are modeling the projects, who all look so happy and warmly bundled against the cold. Or it could be that a lot of the people are modeling the knit items wearing nothing else but long underwear.
Whatever the reason, these pretty patterns are sure to draw you in and make you want to knit something warm for yourself or someone you love.
About the Book
- Pages: 66
- Format: hardcover
- Number of patterns: 37, as part of 17 different sets
- Skill level: none given, but most are for intermediate to advanced knitters because of detailed colorwork
- Sizing: each project is made for just one size but there are some for men, women and children
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: none, though there are some tips on sock knitting and sizing
- Publication date: October 2102
After a brief introduction to gauge and how to knit a sock, this slim book dives right into the patterns. They don't seem to be arranged in any particular way, but that's OK because you'll want to look through the whole book anyway.
It opens with the adorable Eivind set, which is a hat, scarf and socks worked in a three-color floral pattern and sized to fit a child 6 to 12 months. It'll make you wish you had a kid that size to knit for!
Other cuties include Yvonne, a sock, scarf and hat set featuring bird motifs; Tora, pint-sized socks, mittens and hat with a classic snowflake pattern; the colorful Reidar set for men, which is dominated by triangular shapes worked in several different colors; and the coordinating mom-and-child sets Sylvia and Jenny, which have those snowflake looking patterns as well as other simple stranded knitting for extra warmth (mom gets mitts, a headband and socks, while the child gets socks and an earflap hat; there's also a boy's version of the socks, called Peder, which are really cute, too).
These patterns are all heavy on charted knitting, so if you aren't comfortable reading knitting charts you might want to try a small project first.
If you're a fan of stranded knitting and traditional looking Norwegian motifs, this is a book you'll want to buy and use regularly when knitting for the winter months. Even if you're not a huge fan of stranded knitting, you might want to give it a look if you're a fan of being warm, because the beauty of two-strand knitting is that you're making a fabric that's twice as thick as plain knitting would be.
These pretty patterns are sure to delight you and might make you pull out your needles, too. If you knit from this book you're sure to be rewarded with warm, pretty projects that will keep you and your loved ones happy when it's cold outside.