The new year is almost upon us. Let’s take a look at the new knitting books coming out in the early months of 2022.
Icelandic-style colorwork yoke sweaters have been all the rage for the past few years. This winter the focus falls on another colorwork tradition: the Nordics. There are three books on the horizon that bring forth traditional Scandi-style colorwork designs — and two with confusingly similar titles!
Traditional Nordic Knits: Over 40 Hats, Mittens, Gloves, and Socks by Johanna Wallin sticks to the roots of this historic knitting style:
With Traditional Nordic Knits, get a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of this beloved cornerstone of needlecraft. 15 time-honored patterns become over 40 different projects, gracing mittens, gloves, hats, and socks through designs suitable for all levels of experience, and each project is introduced with an example of a historic knitted item and a fascinating explanation of the pattern’s background and origin.
Traditional Nordic Knits comes out on February 22, 2022.
Not to be mixed up with this next book, Nordic Knits: 44 Beautiful Patterns to Knit and Keep You Cozy, which is a collaboration by three colorwork-knitting specialists. Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel are known for their many books on Norwegian and Swedish colorwork designs. Helene Magnusson of the Afmaeli and Maja Cardigan fame is the knitwear designer and the author of the Icelandic Knitter website.
Together they have written a book and draws from the rich, yet understated Scandinavian colorwork traditions:
Nordic Knits is the complete collection of Nordic-inspired patterns that will bring the perfectly balanced, “less is more” Scandi sensibility to your knitting projects. Forever in style and always cool, the Nordic-style knits are the perfect gift for friends and family—or just a great self-gift anytime! Nordics Knits offers 44 knitted patterns inspired by this globally sought-after knitting tradition for socks, sweaters, scarves, and hats—including stylish, traditional projects from Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
Nordic Knits is set for release on February 15, 2022.
Bente Presterud’s Handknits from Rauma, Norway: 30 New Takes on Traditional Norwegian Designs breaths new life into the timeless designs in the Rauma colorwork tradition:
Celebrated designer Bente Presterud took a deep dive into the comprehensive pattern archives of Rauma Garn, a respected Norwegian yarn company founded in 1927; she chose dozens of her best finds to form this curated compilation. Featuring fashionable, comfortable, visually striking garments and accessories of all shapes and sizes, this selection of the best of Rauma's decades-deep treasure trove is creative inspiration no knitter should be without.
Handknits from Rauma, Norway is available on January 11, 2022.
The Return of Brioche?
Moving on from one colorful knitting technique to another. Will Lesley Anne Robinson’s Brioche Knitting for Beginners and Beyond: Your Definitive Guide to Creating Colorful, Lusciously Textured Knitwear bring on the next resurgence of brioche knitting? This book promises to be a comprehensive guide for those who have not yet tried this squishy two-color technique.
For any knitter who has ever been intrigued by the colorful designs and luxurious texture of brioche, but too intimidated to pick up their needles and cast on, let Lesley’s cheerful, encouraging voice walk you through this exciting technique step by step. Featuring a treasure trove of tips, tricks and technical knowledge, as well as 16 stunning patterns, this book will have you feeling confident creating the fun vertical stripes and exquisite texture this popular technique is famous for.
Brioche Knitting for Beginners and Beyond launches on January 18, 2022.
Innovative New Techniques
Whenever Norah Gaughan comes up with something new, my ears always perk up. Knit Fold Pleat Repeat: Simple Knits, Gorgeous Garments looks to be yet another innovative, mind-bendy knitting technique by the design guru.
Simple shapes are ideal for the novice knitter, but the clever folds and fastenings of Knit, Fold, Pleat, Repeat will intrigue the experienced crowd too. [...] Each design starts with a simple rectangle, square, or triangle and builds from there: to fold, drape, or twist the shape into a garment or accessory, and to introduce pleats, welts, and slices along the way.
I can’t even begin to imagine what the garments in this book will look like but the cover alone is intriguing! The release date for Knit Fold Pleat Repeat is January 25, 2022.
A new sock book? Surely we’ve already seen everything there is to know about knitting socks. Not so! Safiyyah Talley’s Knit 2 Socks in 1: Discover the Easy Magic of Turning One Long Sock into a Pair! takes a novel approach to solving the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome:
Knit 2 Socks in 1 introduces a distinctive new method that will appeal to sock knitters of all levels as the simplest, most accessible way yet developed to knit two socks at a time. [...] This innovative technique begins with making the first sock’s cuff. The knitter can then relax and knit a long tube, which makes up the main body of both socks. With the help of a lifeline [...] the knitter can easily separate the long tube into two socks.
Is this technique as revolutionary as two-at-a-time magic loop? Time will tell. Knit 2 Socks in 1 comes out on March 1, 2022.
Which title are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. I'm taking a short Christmas break. There won't be a new blog post on Christmas Eve but I'll return on New Year's Eve, December 31, with 3 (!) new patterns.
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