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Two-Color Norwegian Gloves

These gloves were inspired by a pair with similar patterning in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Coordinating the colored pattern with the glove shaping makes this a challenging project.

Nancy Bush Dec 18, 2020 - 10 min read

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Knitted in the round, these gloves are made warmer by two layers of yarn resulting from the intricate two-color patterning. Photo by Joe Coca

Log in to read Nancy Bush's article, "Two-Color Knitting of Norway," and the instructions for the companion project, "Two-Color Norwegian Gloves," which were featured in Knitting Traditions Winter 2011.

Two-Color Knitting of Norway

The earliest knitting discovered in Norway is a fragment found in Bergen during excavation for a building. Probably buried sometime between 1476 and 1525, it is of wool yarn in stockinette stitch and seems to have been fulled. Because traders and travelers have always visited Bergen, the fragment may have originated in any of several countries in Europe where knitting was known, including Spain, France, and Gremany.

Account books do not mention knitting in Norway until 1566, when an inventory made in Bergen County refers to a pair of worn knitted stockings, possibly made on the Faeroe Islands. They were confiscated from a man in jail in Bergen.

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