Setedal Sweaters, The History of the Norwegian Lice Pattern. (Translated by Amy Lightfoot.)
“Lusekofta”, the “lice” pattern sweater from Setesdal in Norway, features one of the world’s most knitted and varied sweater motifs. Setesdal Sweaters is the result of Annemor Sundbø’s research into the magic of the “Setesdalskofte.” In this colourful book, you’ll find old photographs as well as quotations from historical newspaper articles and descriptions from many people -- an exciting cultural history incorporating faith, superstition, politics, and technical invention.
This story of the lice-patterned sweater from Setesdal, combined with the earliest patterns for these famous sweaters, will give inspiration and ideas for creating a sweater the Setesdal way - from knitting the patterns to working the unique decorative embroidery that surrounds the collar and cuffs
The story begins with a tiny louse which has left indelible traces behind it. The ”louse” is the smallest element in patterned knitting. It was captured and used in an undershirt in Setesdal one day around the middle of the 1800`s and was later so prolifically used that it has more descendants than any other pattern in knitting history. This is the story of the lice patterned sweater from Setesdal.
Setesdal is north of Kristiansand, a long valley that follows the river Otra to Byglandsfiord, past a long inland lake, and continues along the river between narrow mountain passes and high ridges. The valley is renowned for having maintained old- fashioned costumes and traditions longer than any other area in Norway.
The history, combined with the earliest patterns for these famous sweaters, will give inspiration and ideas creating a sweater the Setesdal way, from knitting the patterns to working the unique decorative embroidery that surrounds the collar and cuffs."Løyesaum" / Setestal Antique Embroidery Various kits can be ordered on request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"Løyesaum" / Setestal Antique Embroidery