From Trafalgar Books:
One of the oldest textile factories in Norway, Salhus Tricotagefabrik operated outside Bergen for over 130 years, producing thousands of sweaters, socks, and other knitted garments. Today, the factory site houses a heritage museum dedicated to preserving the buildings and grounds—and to storing, cataloging, and exhibiting a remarkable collection of machine-knitted sample pattern swatches dating back to 1910.
The technical limitations of the knitting machines of the day gave rise to motifs with strikingly distinctive features: done in two colors or relief stitches, with small easy-to-work repeats and a dynamic sense of geometry. And now, using museum samples to reconstruct dozens of these timeless vintage patterns for inspiration, Norwegian knit designers have come together to create this collection: all-new handknit garments in contemporary cuts and styles, deeply rooted in the fascinating economic history of Norway.
Inside, you'll find:
- A detailed introduction to Salhus Tricotagefabrik, including historical photographs, personal reminiscences from the knitters and seamstresses who worked there, and a rundown of the factory's production record while it was in operation
- Sweaters, jackets, skirts, home décor, and more, for children and adults, combining the best of both worlds: bold, fashionably retro designs, and flattering contemporary shaping and cut!
- Designs from Birger Berge, Kristin Wiola Ødegård, Siv Dyvik, Berit Løkken, and more, featuring full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions, with patterns that include both complex finishing for veterans and simpler raglan shaping