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Thursday, February 21, 2008

kitty: Out of Print Treasures: 9780942391800 - Swedish Sweaters: New Designs from Historical Examples

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Swedish Sweaters: New Designs from Historical Examples
by Britt-Marie Christoffersson
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Taunton (October 1, 1990)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0942391802
ISBN-13: 978-0942391800

In the day of crazy priced OP titles, it is always nice to find a treasure that you can still pick up at a reasonable price. I found this title by pure chance while looking up information about Tvåändsstickning / Twined Knitting / Two End Knitting I found several references to the Britt-Marie Christoffersson, but since I couldn't read the Danish or German I really didn't know why her named showed up. So when I saw her name on two of the other blogs MG and I read; みどりの雑記帳 and My treasure is jin-musk-ten and Knit!!(手編み・犬) I had a little more information to search on Google. They had posted about a class that was offered by Britt-Marie Christoffersson in Japan. The class looked absolutely amazing so I tried to find if there were any books written by the teacher. Through my search it turned up 3 only this one seems to be available in English.

Low and behold, I found this book for under $4.00 on Amazon so I ordered it right away. I couldn't be happier with this little treasure. The first half of the book is dedicated to historical garments with a black and white chart of the pattern detail. The second half of the book is some of her modern designs. The modern designs are a little dated, but the charts could still be used for other items. The historical charts are the true treasure though in the book. (note not patterns for the historical garments, just a chart of there colourwork pattern or stitch pattern)

27 historical garments with just charts and 14 modern designs with patterns and charts

Example of a chart for the pattern above.
Section 2: Modern Designs

Some reference links for Britt-Marie Christoffersson:

KNITTING AND DESIGNING - scroll down to look at her swatc notebook

Stickat fyrverkeri på museet - Hallandspoten.se

Forskning och utveckling

Knitting exhibition from a world master - Garngamen

Inspiration på symposium för stickentusiaster - Hallandspoten.se


  1. How lovely! What are you going to knit first?

  2. I am so glad you wrote about this book. It's been on my wish list for a while, but I never got around ordering it because I couldn't find any information about it. Now I will. :)

  3. Thanks for the book review. It looks interesting. I learned about Britt-Marie Christoffersson just like you, through japanese bloggers, and I am waiting for my copy to arrive. The exhibit looks more interesting, though. May