Knitting books

Knitter’s Bookshelf: Traditions Revisited – Modern Estonian Knits

I have been waiting for this book ever since I took a few classes on Estonian knitting from the author, Aleks Byrd.

This book is a great overview of the techniques specific to Estonian knitting. After a general introduction, there is a chapter on each technique with good clear instructions and illustrations, and then a few projects that use that technique. The techniques covered are:

The sweater pictured on the cover and above on the bottom left is a Troi, a traditional men’s sweater from the island of Kihnu. They are usually knitted in high contrast colors – the example here is lower contrast. But in any case, they are impressive items, all-over colorwork embellished with braids and other decorative stitchery.

This is a really well-done book with modern projects using unique and interesting techniques. If you are interested in learning any of these techniques or just in Estonian knitting in general, I highly recommend this book.

And as most knitting books do these days, so I finish this review – with a picture of sheep. Enjoy!

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