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Faroese Knitting Book

Bundnar Søgur is a new knitting book by mother and daughter: Marjun Biskopstø and Svanhild Strøm.
I have started this project, a Beinta Cardigan, in four colours. Only I use burgundy instead of yellow, and then, of course, I use Sirri wool instead of Sandnes, since my house is full of Sirri yarn.
 Beinta Cardigan
They have used traditional knitting charts as inspiration for modern garments. You find sweaters for both men, women and children, and there are also patterns for hats and the special Faroese indoor shoes: skóleistar.
I have written before about the collection of old Faroese knitting charts, which you can find in the book “Føroysk bindingarmynstur” by Hans Marius Debes, and all the patterns in this new book are inspired by them.

It was published in 2016, is available in three language versions: Faroese, Danish and Norwegian, and all the photos are taken in the Faroese nature.

Faroese title is: Bundnar søgur.
Danish: Færøsk strikkebog.
Norwegian: Færøysk strikkebok

An Important part of the Woman’s National Dress

From an exhibition of handicrafts in Tilhaldið in Tórshavn, a center for retirees, where one of their many activities is knitting

A very important part of the woman’s national costume is the knitted blouse. Although it is very traditional, it has changed through times, according to how the young girls wish for their costume to look. Changes are made to the colours and patterns of the blouse, as well as to the length of the sleeves. Not many years ago, most blouses were in stranded knitting in the colours red and black or dark blue, and the sleeves were short.

The black blouse with long sleeves belongs to my daughter. Her grandmother made ​​it according to her wishes. Plain blouses with long sleeves are seen more and more. The short sleeves are cold if you mostly wear your dress outdoors.

The red blouse is knitted in a traditional Scandinavian pattern. In Faroese it is called “rokkarnir”, the spinning wheels. Very nice finish with a braided edge.


The blue blouse is knitted in a traditional Faroese pattern for the woman’s blouse, and the edges are in black velvet.