Category Archives: Norwegian Knitting

Strengthen Your Pattern: Schematics

Recently I received the newsletter of a knitting organization that focuses on knitting and crochet patterns (some rather pricey – up to US $12).   I skimmed the patterns but only two caught my attention.  I gave them a closer look.  … Continue reading

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“What’s That You’re Doing?”

As I learned to knit from my Norwegian mother and grandmother, I knit (and purl) in the Continental style (Wikipedia pic source). Many times knitting quietly in a public place (e.g., park or coffee shop), in the U.S., someone comes up … Continue reading

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The Reductionist Pattern

In my previous post I shared a form of pattern writing that I have not seen much in the last couple of decades. In email conversations about this style, blogger cbkrug at home called it the “reductionist” style. While a … Continue reading

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A Closeup Look at an Old Norwegian Pattern

While I first learned to knit at age 5 or so, I was never given a pattern to follow. The knitters in my family were Norwegian women either living on farms or only one generation off the farm. Rooting around … Continue reading

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Grandmothers & Academic Study

For many of us, our love of fiber arts has been passed down through generations.  In particular, it seems, our grandmothers have sparked, encouraged and/or nourished our interest. The picture to the right is of my grandmother and mother (circa … Continue reading

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Knitting the Old Way & Design

I never saw any woman in my family in Norway follow the kind of patterns we see today – at least here in the U.S. – and by that I refer to the patterns with detailed, line-by-line instructions.  Consummate knitters that they … Continue reading

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A 39-Year Old Norwegian Cardigan

 This is the back of a cardigan my grandmother knit for my 16th birthday.  It is 100% wool and buttons up with old pewter buttons. I loved it and wore it regularly all through high school.  (As I was living … Continue reading

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Norwegians: Not Just Good Knitters, Farmers & Fisherfolk

Norwegians are not just good knitters, fisherfolk and farmers. 🙂 Because I was raised in the U.S., most of the Norwegians I knew well were related to me and, except for my cousins, much older than I. The Norwegians I … Continue reading

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Is Knitting a Sign of Domesticity?

The other day as I sat knitting away while waiting for a homemade Norwegian desert to come out of the oven, Thor commented, “People who don’t know you would never guess you are so domestic.” Watching my facial expression, he … Continue reading

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Mormors Oppskriver (Grandmother’s Recipes/Patterns)

Oppskriver translates to recipes or patterns. I’ve blogged about her patterns; now I’m blogging about recipes. Sort of. After my grandmother died, I received her handwritten cookbook, one that she started in 1926. When I held it in my hands … Continue reading

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