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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 27 August 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219637
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 180x230 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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Knits from Northern Lands


20 projects inspired by traditional knitting techniques from the Scottish Isles to Scandinavia by Jenny Fennell

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Book Description

Taking inspiration from the Scandinavian, Nordic and Celtic regions, this book contains 20 charming and modern projects, based on traditional knitting styles and techniques.

Exploring the iconic colourwork of Fair Isle or Scandinavia, or the chunky cables of Aran knitting, the intricacies of Shetland lace knitting or the cosiness of a Guernsey style pillowcase, these are knitwear items that are made to last.

Jenny shares the inspiration and history behind each thoughtful project, as well as easy-to-follow patterns, colourwork charts, and atmospheric photography. She uses a serene and calming colour palette which, combined with beautiful soft yarns and stylish designs, makes for a collection of highly desirable items including garments and home accessories.

Whether you’re a relative beginner or already an experienced knitter, with her guidance, you’ll soon be creating truly special and one-of-a-kind pieces that can be cherished for generations.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Knitting Basics
Yarn, Needles and other equipment, Gauge, Casting On/Casting Off, Basic Stitches, Increasing and Decreasing, Finishing and Blocking, Using Colour, Circular Knitting, Reading Charts, Symbols and Abbreviations

Chapter Two: The Projects
Ribbed Scarf, Ribbed Hat, Ribbed Fingerless Mitts, Danish Damask Pillow, Shetland Bookmark, Mira Mhór Cowl, Scandinavian Hat, 'Leaves of Birch' Blanket, Scandinavian Pillow, Finnish Twist Headband, White Heather Throw, Icelandic Mitts, Icelandic Cowl, Shetland Wrist Warmers, Norwegian Selbu Mittens, Finnish Pillow, Cabled Blanket, Swedish Scarf, Chunky Oversized Aran Sweater, Cabled Shawl


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About the Author

About Jenny Fennell

Jenny Fennell is based in Nova Scotia and shares her love for knitting with her mother and grandmother. Having studied Fashion Design and Textile Studies, and Sewing and Dressmaking, she uses this knowledge to craft knitted garments of all kinds. Inspired by folklore tales and Celtic history, Jenny is determined to create pieces that can tell a story, withstand generations and, when the time comes, can be passed on to loved ones to be cherished once more. Jenny sells her knits and patterns at lilylakeknits.com and on Ravelry, and you can follow her on Instagram @lilylakeknits.



There have been a few books of knits inspired by 'Northern Lands' and it seems the techniques are still popular. This one features mainly scarves and mitts but does have one cabled blanket and an Aran jumper. There are some beginner patterns but most of them are for more experienced knitters. The patterns and charts are clearly set out, though, and are easy to follow for anyone who wants to extend their skills. 

There are various techniques described with diagrams throughout the book and these are well drawn and easy to follow. On the whole, a nicely presented book, inexpensive and with plenty of useful chart.

The Knitter

Jenny Fennell is a designer based in Nova Scotia, Canada, and her work is inspired by the knitting traditions of countries including the Scottish Isles, Ireland and Scandinavia. For this book, she has designed 20 garment, accessory and homeware projects which showcase many beautiful styles and stitches from across the Northern Hemisphere.

The collection includes a number of simple projects which will be ideal for novice knitters or as quick-knit gifts. These include a ribbed scarf, hat and mitts in a super-chunky yarn, and the little Lace of Unst bookmark, which is a sweet introduction to Shetland lace knitting.

For the home, there is a beautiful blanket with a lace pattern of birch leaves, and a large, intricately cabled blanket inspired by Aran sweaters. Skies of Sweden is a colourwork cushion in heathered pink and cream, whose patterning evokes a pine forest in winter. The Dream in Danish Throw Cushion features knit-and-purl textures influenced by Danish traditions.

Our favourite projects in the book are the colourwork accessories, such as the pretty Fair Isle wristwarmers called A Slow Day in Shetland, and the chic twisted headband which has blue and white motifs depicting Finlands national flower, the lily of the valley.

Theres a cosy honeycomb cable shawl, a neat hat and scarf with delicate floral colourwork inspired by Scandinavian textiles, and a pair of classic Nordic mittens featuring the Selbu rose motif. The White Heather Shawl combines a pretty lace and bobble stitch pattern with a chunky yarn.

Knitters can try working with Icelandic lopi wool with the Fire and Ice cowl and mittens, which have a simple, geometric colourwork pattern to depict the volcanic landscapes of Iceland. There is one garment project in the book: a chunky Aran-style cabled sweater, which has been designed with minimal shaping and basic seaming to make it a great choice for your first Aran jumper project. Its sized to fit chests of approximately 36in to 62in.

Jenny provides illustrated walkthroughs for many of the techniques used in the patterns, such as mattress stitch, twist seaming, and cabling techniques.

Machine Knitting Monthly

Taking inspiration from the Nordic, Scandinavian and Celtic regions, this books contains 20 modern projects, based on traditional knitting styles and techniques. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced knitter, these one-of-a-kind pieces will be cherished for generations. 

Customer Review

The instructions are very clear and easy to read. The projects range from simple and easy to hard so you can challenge yourself. The images add to the enjoyment of the book and make you feel cosy and ready to get knitting. Overall a great and amazing book I can't wait to start knitting from it.

Customer Review

This is a beautifully presented book with wonderful wintery photography which will make you want to wrap yourself up in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate and knitting serenely for the evening.

The patterns are clear, concise and easy to follow, especially with the accompanying charts. A good mix for all abilities and there isn't one pattern that I wouldn't knit! As a quick test I knitted up the Comforting Cables Fingerless Mitts and they came out wonderfully! A great little stash buster.

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