Cover image for Medieval-inspired knits : 20 projects featuring the motifs, colors, and shapes of the Middle Ages / Anna-Karin Lundberg ; translation: Carol Huerbscher Rhoades.
Title:
Medieval-inspired knits : 20 projects featuring the motifs, colors, and shapes of the Middle Ages / Anna-Karin Lundberg ; translation: Carol Huerbscher Rhoades.
ISBN:
9781570768804
Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
North Pomfret, Vermont : Trafalgar Square, 2018.

©2012
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations, map ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originall published in the United States: 2012.

Originally published in Swedish as Maskor och Medeltid.
Abstract:
"Inspired by the ... interiors of medieval churches in the province of Uppland, Sweden, ... [this book presents] step-by-step instructions for 20 original projects including sweaters, vests, jackets, scarves, and gloves. There are patterns for women, men, and children, and tips for sizing and finishing"--Flap page 1 of cover.
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Summary

Summary

Inspired by the richly decorated interiors of medieval churches in the province of Uppland, Sweden, this gorgeous book is a visual playground for the knitter.Author, graphic artist, and hand-knit designer Anna-Karin Lundberg provides a stunning photographic glimpse into her country's creative and religious history while explaining her own fascination with the motifs, colors, and shapes of the Middle Ages. Lundberg then seamlessly translates the luxurious swirling vine patterns, graceful borders, and exciting color combinations from dozens of dramatic mural paintings and period textiles into sumptuous modern-day knits anyone can wear.Knitters will find step-by-step instructions for 20 original projects, including sweaters, vests, jackets, scarves, and gloves. There are patterns for women, men, and children, and tips for sizing and finishing. Throughout, full-color photographs and diagrams provide ample points of reference to ensure unique and striking results.Medieval-Inspired Knits shines a fresh and glorious light on the look of the Middle Ages, proving that what's old can indeed be made new again, with yarn and knitting needles as the means of reinvention


Author Notes

Anna-Karin Lundberg began knitting as a child and is a self-taught graphic and textile designer with a university degree in musicology and ethnology. She is the designer behind the Kaja Sticks collections, playfully traditional designs for handknit garments that are fun to knit and easy to wear. Historical inspiration is a common trait in Lundberg's designs, and her fascination with period costumes is reflected in her motifs, colors, shaping, and knitting technique. http://www.kajsasticks.se/en/index.htm


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Library Journal Review

Inspired by 15th- and 16th-century church paintings in her native Sweden, Lundberg sought with her first book to recreate the stunning colors and all-over designs in knitwear. Swedish yarn and Scandinavian techniques are used to create the sweaters and accessories in this book, and each pattern includes narrative instructions as well as the necessary charts. The result is a close cousin to classics of colorwork like Alice Starmore's long-out-of-print Tudor Roses-works of art made wearable. VERDICT Though this book appeals to a specialized audience-knitters with an interest in traditional stranded colorwork and the skills to make such detailed patterns-those knitters are passionate about their craft, and will appreciate Lundberg's inspiring collection. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

INTRODUCTIONIn 2005, by chance, I saw an incomparable treasure chest of motifs in the medieval churches in Sweden's Uppland province. Many of the churches are richly decorated with frescos utterly overflowing with luxuriant swirling vines, majestic stenciled patterns, graceful borders, and exciting color combinations. Besides embellishing and framing biblical scenes, painted decorations of various types were employed to emphasize the church interior's architecture, for example on the vault ribs, around the portals, and bowed windows. In the old Swedish peasant society, for centuries a person could draw inspiration from these interiors to apply to various types of decorative handwork: furniture making, wood carving and many textile techniques. In my case the inspiration from these fantastic decorative paintings led to a knitting project that I call Stitches and the Middle Ages. The result is this book: a collection of knitting patterns for unique hand knitted garments, where the painted embellishments have been transformed to contemporary knitting pleasure. A little bit of the Middle Ages to use for everyday - or more festive occasions - in our times. Excerpted from Medieval-Inspired Knits: Stunning Brocade and Swirling Vine Patterns with Embellished Borders by Anna-Karin Lundberg All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.