Inspired by the sublime, subtle tones of wintry northern landscapes, the more than 35 projects in Shades of Winter showcase the natural beauty of pure undyed wool yarn photographed against the Scandinavian winter’s snow crystals and cold.
These gorgeous garments—from tops, sweaters, dresses, and coats to hats, mittens, scarves, and shawls—evoke wool’s warmth and softness in many different patterns and textures. A knitter of any skill level and inclination will surely become enchanted by the possibilities: garments ranging from simple garter and stockinette to more elaborate cables, bobbles, texture, and lace patterns.
Knitting with eco-friendly undyed wool creates a rich, visually organic theme for the book. The chapters are organized by the natural tones of the yarns: white, gray, and beige. These fine woolens are not only visually stunning, but hold the promise of doing no harm to the environment.
Knitters will be transported by the book’s artful photography, taken in one of Sweden’s most exotic and famous locations, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Here, stylish knits are viewed in a dreamlike atmosphere, where ice columns and ice crystal crowns in the pillared hall range in color from the iciest light blue to the deepest petroleum blue. The only shivers a knitter will feel are those of pure delight at the contrast of woolen warmth next to icy environs.
Like a modern fairy tale, Shades of Winter will captivate any knit
About the Authors
Ingalill Johansson is the chief designer and quality manager for one of Sweden’s largest knitting companies. During her more than 30 years of experience in the industry, she has worked for all of Sweden’s major knitting companies, has been a freelance designer, and has created many patterns for weekly publications. Ingalill runs her own yarn store in Gothenburg and this is her first book. She lives in Sweden.
Ewa K. Andinsson runs two successful businesses, Andinsson Photography and a publishing company, Andina Förlagher. Her knitting book Stickat i ekologiskull is extremely popular with local audiences. Ewa lives in Sweden.
3 // Acknowledgments
3 // The Icehotel
5 // Foreword
6 // Gallery
40 // Knitting Patterns
42 Lace Knit Top
44 Ribbed Cap, Wrist Warmers, and Shoulder Wrap/Skirt
47 Lace Knit Gloves, Scarf, and Knee Socks
52 Holey Top
56 Lace Sweater
61 Short-Sleeve Bolero
65 Texture Knit Cardigan
72 Texture Knit Vest
76 Stockinette Dress with Garter Stitch Edgings and Flower
80 Cabled Cap, Cowl, Wrist Warmers, and Knee Socks
85 Coat with Relief Stitch Borders
91 Wrist Warmers and Lace Socks
94 Lace Shawl with Crocheted Edging
100 Lace Dress
105 Stockinette Dress with Garter Stitch Edgings and Buttons
109 Cabled Vest
114 Cabled Cardigan
120 Sweater with Relief Stitch Borders
126 Raglan Sweater with Placket
131 Sweater with Front Placket and Pockets
136 Lacy Sweater with Ruffled Edges
144 Gloves with Ruffled Edges
147 Short-Sleeve Vest
151 Pleated Cap, Gloves, Leg Warmers, and Neck Warmer
155 Garter Stitch Shawl
156 // Glossary
159 // Source for Yarn