Well, if it looks difficult, then it probably is.
As with Nordic knitting.
The end results are quite stunning. Getting there is another matter.
I jumped at the chance to review this book, just in case it turned out that these lovely things are easier to make than I thought they would be, sadly not. However, if you are an experienced and accomplished knitter and want to give this style of knitting a go, then this is the book for you.
It's a lovely book, well written, and includes patterns for 25 Scandinavian, Icelandic and Fair Isle accessories, a few of which you can see here:
As you can see in the pictures above and below, each pattern includes a very detailed and thorough colour coded diagram to follow.
The book is a paper-back, with 144 pages, which includes an introduction, a page on Stranded Knitting techniques, a page on materials and tools, an index and a full page spread of general knitting information and yarn weight guidelines. The patterns themselves are very well written with lots of full colour illustrations, as you would expect with knitting as complicated as this, and if you are an experienced knitter, and decided to give it a go, I'm sure you would be able to read and understand the patterns very easily. However, this is not the sort of knitting you would be able to do while relaxing in front of the TV or travelling on public transport, unless you were very, very good at concentrating on one thing at a time, while cutting out all external stimuli.
I may be tempted to have a go, one day, but not yet. If you decide to give it a go I would love to hear how you get on.
The cover price of the book is £16.99 in UK, $24.99 in USA and $25.99 in Canada,
however, if you click here you will be taken directly to F&W Media (the UK distributors) where you can purchase it for £12.74.