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Knit Like a Latvian: Socks: 50 knitting patterns for knee-length socks, ankle socks and legwarmers

Knit Like a Latvian: Socks: 50 knitting patterns for knee-length socks, ankle socks and legwarmers

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Knit Like a Latvian: Socks: 50 knitting patterns for knee-length socks, ankle socks and legwarmers

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Dec 6, 2019
ISBN:
9781446378779
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Knit yourself a pair of stunning Latvian socks with this collection of traditional Latvian sock knitting patterns. There are 50 different styles to choose from including simpler variations of the socks such as leg warmers and ankle socks so, even if you are an inexperienced knitter, you can create a beautiful traditional design.

Knitted socks have always played an important role in traditional Latvian culture: girls are taught to knit at a young age and it is traditional for brides to give socks and mittens as a gift to guests on their wedding day. This collection captures the essence of these stunning folk patterns and shows how you can mix these traditional designs with your contemporary wardrobe.
Pubblicato:
Dec 6, 2019
ISBN:
9781446378779
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Ieva Ozolina left her role as Chief Financial Officer at a large company in order to pursue her dream of opening a wool and knitting shop, Hobbywool. The shop is still open in the heart of old town Riga, Latvia, and Hobbywool is a family-run company, with Ieva's husband and children all helping out with the business.

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Knit Like a Latvian - Ieva Ozolina

KNIT LIKE A

Latvian

...SOCKS

50 knitting patterns for knee-length socks, ankle socks and leg warmers

Ieva Ozolina

Contents

Introduction

Symbols Guide

Tools and Materials

How to Use this Book

PROJECTS

Ankle Socks

White Star

Bright Star

Alpen Rose

Autumn

Cornflower

Sunflower

Poppy

Winter Fields

Sun Symbol

Winter

Black and White Star

Pink Lace

Green Lace

Blue Lace

Turquoise

Baltic Wave

Warm Grey

Charcoal

Firework

Kurzeme

Morning Sun

Starry Night

Weekend

Serpent

Holiday

Pink Net

Knee-length Socks

Golden Stripes

Festive

Orange Star

Bright Ankle

Patterned Ankle

Suiti

Black and White Star

Black Flower

Yellow Lace

Black Sun

White Lace

Pastel Lace

Long Lace

Long Leaf

Suiti Zig Zag

Colourful

Leg Warmers

Dagda

Balvi

Lace

Grey-Red Zig Zag

Pink Zig Zag

Bright Stars

Navy Grid

Star

TECHNIQUES

Knitting Symbols

Basic Sock Recipe

About the Author

References

Thank You

Suppliers

Introduction

Dear knitting enthusiast, thank you for choosing my book!

Latvia is a small country located in Northern Europe, by the Baltic Sea, smaller than Scotland and with less than half as many inhabitants. The damp and windy coastal climate has always created a need for warm clothing, which is why Latvia is steeped in a rich heritage of knitting traditions.

The first records of knitting in Latvia date back to the 13th century, but we suspect that Latvians have knitted for much longer than that.

Every region in Latvia has its own unique way of knitting socks. Winter socks were knitted using sheep's wool and summer socks from linen or cotton. The socks weren’t only necessary for warmth, but were also worn as an accessory and a form of expression.

Socks for daily use were bright and made with wool. For practical reasons they were a solid colour at the bottom of the foot because this part deteriorated the fastest and had to be reknitted.

In ancient times, yarns were dyed with natural, plant-based pigments, using ingredients like roots, flowers and even mushrooms to colour the wool.

Women complemented their clothing with stockings that were decorated with traditional symbols and colourful patterns, both partially and all over the sock. Particularly elegant were the lace stockings for women.

I have been looking for samples of authentic socks all over Latvia and have had help from the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia, Madona Local History and Art Museum, Kuldiga District Museum and Liepaja Museum, who all kindly agreed to share their carefully preserved historical collections with me.

However, this is not a history book. This is a practical knitting book in which I have combined Latvian knitting traditions with a modern perspective and application.

I hope you find your perfect pair of Latvian socks within this book.

Good luck!

Ieva

SYMBOLS GUIDE

Here are some of the most common symbols featured in Latvian sock patterns, with an explanation of their meaning.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

NEEDLES

In ancient times sock knitters used tiny metal needles, but now we have so many options: steel, aluminium,

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