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By Anne Bårdsgård

A gorgeous and inspiring resource produced in conjunction with an incredible exhibition of Selbuvotter gloves and mittens at the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum.

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Hardback: 296 pages

Publisher: Museums-Forlaget

Language: Norwegian

The book begins with a thoroughly researched and well illustrated account of the rich history of the instantly recognisable Selbuvotter patterns and their important place in the society and economy of the Selbu region. Very unusually we’re able to attribute the first of these mittens to Marit Guldseth, who began making them in 1856, starting a tradition that would spread around the world. If you're interested in learning more about the history, without learning to read Norwegian, I've been enjoying this video series by vlogger Patricia Anne.

Page upon page of colourwork charts are included, broken down by inspiration, from Elk to coffee beans. There are also several complete patterns for gloves and mittens from the museum collection, many of which include a short biography of the original maker.

Interested in trying one of the patterns? I'd recommend starting with one of the ones at a larger gauge (relatively!) to get used to the techniques. Several of those suggest Rauma 2-tråds Gammelserie or Finnulgarn. 

This book is in Norwegian but the beautiful photographs and charts will speak to knitters all over the world and the patterns for mittens and gloves are presented in a highly visual format.