Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs

Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs available at American Swedish Institute.

Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs

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Swedish Handknits is a collection of patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, headbands, and bags, all inspired by the historic textiles housed at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Institute was the first to host the successful Bohus knitting exhibit in America, so it's fitting that our world-class textile collection provides the inspiration for these designs. As in the authors' Norwegian Handknits, vintage photographs of Swedish immigrants, recipes, and photos of the artifacts that inspired the designs are included, along with a short history of knitting in Sweden. Bohus, twined knitting, and Swedish mittens are some of the many techniques featured in the book.


Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict.

Sue Flanders knitting patterns have appeared in many publications, including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On and in two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting America and Kids Knitting. She is co-author of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum (Voyageur Press, 2009) and Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs. Sue is currently focused on using her talents in pottery and is an active and popular teacher at ASI.