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Knitted Kalevala

Jenna Kostet

Knitted Kalevala includes 18 knitting patterns inspired by Kalevala. All of the designs are knitted in one piece. The colourwork only uses two colours at the same time, making them accessible to all levels of knitters.

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What does knitted folk poetry look like? How can a sweater be both a garment and a story?

Knitted Kalevala by Jenna Kostet includes 18 knitting patterns – sweaters, cardigans and accessories – inspired by Kalevala. Considered a national epic in Finland, Kalevala contains old poems full of Baltic-Finnic mythology, ancient symbols, mythical creatures and nature. These as well as other Finnish, Karelian, Scandinavian and Baltic influences can be seen in the decorative colourwork patterns of the designs. They are also a wonderful alternative to the popular Icelandic sweaters.

All of the designs are knitted in one piece and the colourwork only uses two colours at the same time, making them accessible to all levels of knitters. The patterns use a variety of lighter and heavier yarns and include several options for suitable yarns.

Jenna Kostet is a writer and a knitwear designer known for enchanting patterns, as well as a published author of numerous historical novels and children’s books in Finland.

176 pages
18 knitting patterns (12 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 2 socks, 1 pair of mittens and 1 hat)
Both charts and written instructions provided.
Available in English and Finnish.

Hardback:
Weight: Approx. 530 g / 1.2 lb
188 x 240 x 19.5 mm
ISBN: 978-952-7468-31-9
Printed in Latvia
Print only, digital download code for charts only. (Note: A separate digital download of te whole book will be available through Laine's online shop on November 11)

Digital download:
Available on November 11th
Delivered in PDF format via email.

Publication day: 11 November, 2022.

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All of the designs are knitted in one piece and the colourwork only uses two colours at the same time, making them accessible to all levels of knitters.
The patterns use a variety of lighter and heavier yarns and include several options for suitable yarns.
Each design is accompanied with a small sampling of the Kalevala poems.

Observing the great popularity of Icelandic knitwear, I felt sorry for Finnish wool and wool producers. I thought that if the rest of the world knew how to draw inspiration from local myths, traditions and mental landscapes, why shouldn’t Finland?

Jenna Kostet

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