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Vanir
Friday, June 17th, 2005, 09:16 PM
A little off the beaten track but here's a lady who makes Viking knitwear, and indeed seems very passionate and serious about it.
http://www.ingenkonst.se/images/viking.jpg
http://www.ingenkonst.se/viking_e.htm

I like seeing industrious folkish creativity, it cheers me up.

anonymaus
Friday, June 17th, 2005, 09:20 PM
This looks great, I'm going to have a further look in the site.

http://www.ingenkonst.se/images/book2_co.jpg

:annoysigr

It's sad they have to do this to avoid being called racist. Oh well.

Hrafnkat
Sunday, April 18th, 2010, 08:05 AM
A little off the beaten track but here's a lady who makes Viking knitwear, and indeed seems very passionate and serious about it.
http://www.ingenkonst.se/images/viking.jpg
http://www.ingenkonst.se/viking_e.htm

I like seeing industrious folkish creativity, it cheers me up.


Lavold's book is truly amazing! She has 3 more smaller paperback volumes in her "Viking Knitwear" collection, but only book called #18 is currently in print, as well as her original hardcover.

Anyone who has any interest in cabled knitting should check out her work, she invented a new technique for beginning and ending motifs without wrinkling the background material.

Here is a sweater (Ragna) from Lavold's book that I made:

The whole sweater laid out flat:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4529882365_c57ba14b48_m.jpg


The altered finished front neckline:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4529882329_b4cca0a62a_m.jpg


The right sleeve showing the added shoulder strap and design down sleeve:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4529882411_e85883897d_m.jpg


And because I am not, ah, flat-chested, I knit an extra repeat of the pattern in the front of the sweater body (10 repeats rather than 9) to give an extra 3" in length to the front, which since it was an all-wool yarn (Cascade 220), I pinned like a dart and shrunk out the excess, with bowls under the front to give the sweater shaping in the bosom.

You can see in this picture the left side has been shrunk in (with an ordinary steam-iron held above the wool), and the right is wrinkled showing the gathering between the pins:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4530514870_f8f3c2b6c0_m.jpg

Once the side-seams were sewn, it was impossible to tell that the "dart" was even there.

Hrafnkat
Sunday, April 18th, 2010, 08:24 PM
I should be more detailed for anyone who is interested in Lavold's work and has not yet read her books.

Elsebeth Lavold is a modern Swedish knitwear designer, rather prolific since she has something like 20 books now (!) in her collection.

Of these, the original hardcover book "Viking Patterns for Knitting" (on sale currently at Amazon.com), and books one, nine, and eighteen in her softback "designer's choice" collection are the only ones dealing with knotwork knitting. The other books are all contemporary designs - pretty, but probably not what people reading this would be looking for.

She is inspired by historical wood and stone carving, and metalwork - indeed she sketches sword hilts and shows pictures of brooches, with the corresponding knotwork knitting pattern. She also poses some of her models artfully draped against runestones (nice to live in Sweden!).

From her introduction: "... I have tried to manage a cultural heritage by translating old patterns to the newer technique of knitting - the Vikings would certainly have done it themselves if they had knitted...."

Unfortunately books one and nine appear to be out of print at this time. Lavold actually tours with her Viking knitwear to museums as art exhibits (they came to the Nordic Heritage museum in Seattle for example), so I have hope that they will be reprinted in the future. I do already own them, but my grandmother wants copies now after I showed them to her, and I can't find them anywhere!

For someone trying her techniques for the first time, I would recommend the original book "Viking Patterns for Knitting" - it is the most comprehensive as far as showing how to translate your own designs into charted knitting, in addition to her many already-charted knots, and gives a more comprehensive history of both the original artforms and her own take on them.

The "designer's choice" books are a compilation of patterns that had been avaiable as kits from her website, bound into books and with instructions in English. Her books are translated from Swedish, which causes some odd phrasing, but are not difficult to understand.

For those of you who equate "Scandinavian knitting" with Lopi-brand circular yoked sweaters, or Dale of Norway stranded-knitting ski sweaters, Lavold's work is nothing like that. She does strong cabled knotwork designs against a reverse stocking-stitch background in single colours.

Absolutely gorgeous!

Hersir
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, 03:46 PM
The vikings didnt have modern knitting. They used nålebinding and brikkevev.

Ingvaeonic
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, 04:02 PM
The vikings didnt have modern knitting. They used nålebinding and brikkevev.

I didn't know that. Could you explain the meanings of these Norse words? Nålebinding, I will guess, is a kind of sewing with a needle. What say you, Hersir?

Hersir
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, 04:22 PM
I didn't know that. Could you explain the meanings of these Norse words? Nålebinding, I will guess, is a kind of sewing with a needle. What say you, Hersir?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nålebinding "binding with a needle" or "needle-binding"

Brikkevev
http://heleneh.sprayblogg.no/images/brikkevev_1143708544.jpg

Nowadays they use plastic or bone for it, but I guess wood works if it's hardwood. The one's from the Oseberg find was in wood. http://www.google.com/search?q=brikkevev&hl=en&client=opera&hs=x0a&rls=nb&biw=1252&bih=683&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=L_EJTqawHszGtAacr_StDg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAQ

http://hjerleid.trykker.com/2010/02/14/brikkevev-fra-osebergfunnet/

The weave looks pretty good on your viking tunica.

Ingvaeonic
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, 08:44 AM
Cheers, Hersir. The clothing and fabric made with both methods is beautifully executed. Viking women must have been highly skilled.

Hersir
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, 11:18 AM
Cheers, Hersir. The clothing and fabric made with both methods is beautifully executed. Viking women must have been highly skilled.

They were:) We can't reproduce some of the stuff, like the very thin thread in the Oseberg textiles, because the technigue has been lost to us. Maybe there's someone in inner Mongolia who still knows how to do it:P

Elfriede
Monday, December 5th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Speaking of naalbinding, let me just say that it is not for the easily intimidated! I've spent over an hour slaving over little pieces of yarn only to come up with a little chunky rope-looking thing. I'm a little better at it now but I really had to teach myself to do it. I can imagine that it would take years and years to be really great at it, never mind the fact that it's better to use home-spun yarn for it. Actually as a present for myself I bought a (fossilized!) walrus tusk naalbinding needle. It's very cool!

Dvergr
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011, 05:48 PM
Nålebinding is the ancient technique of single needle stitching to create clothing. The word Nålebinding, Naalbinding, Nålbinding or Naalebinding means "binding with a needle" and was a technique used by the Germanic / Scandinavian people to make clothing. The short of it is that you loop threads together into each other to create rows of loops, then sew other rows into each other with one continuous strand of wool / yarn.

There are different types of stitches used in different areas during different periods of time. I got my mother interested in the Oslo Stitch and I made her a needle out of wood.

What I am wondering is if anyone has any references to any patterns, or if anyone has been using any of the different forms of stitching and can give any advice ? There is very limited information that I could find online, even to buy some basic books I only found one website just selling a few. I thought there might be more relevant information on some websites in other languages that I haven't found, since I'd imagine it is very unpopular in the USA. Any information, tips and patterns would be highly appreciated.

Elfriede
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011, 06:43 PM
What I am wondering is if anyone has any references to any patterns, or if anyone has been using any of the different forms of stitching and can give any advice ? There is very limited information that I could find online, even to buy some basic books I only found one website just selling a few. I thought there might be more relevant information on some websites in other languages that I haven't found, since I'd imagine it is very unpopular in the USA. Any information, tips and patterns would be highly appreciated.

There are some really good videos on youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gBknsoqi8U

And this website was particularly helpful to me...

http://sites.google.com/site/neulakinnas/