Norwegian Knitting Patterns


In this post, you will see 7 Norwegian knitting patterns.

Norway is a beautiful country with amazing Norwegian nature but it also has a long knitting history.

Traditional Norwegian patterns have been a source of inspiration for not only local knitters but for knitters all around the world over the last two centuries.

In this post, we will take a look over Norway’s knitting history and see classic Norwegian knitting patterns we can recreate today.

Norwegian Knitting Patterns

Norwegian Knitting History

Knitted goods importation dates back to the 13th and 14th Centuries, silk gowns, mittens, shawls, and stockings.

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The upper class used to wear knitted silk gowns that used to be worn underneath their everyday clothes.

In the Folkemusuem you can see a lot of mittens and stockings from the 1700s.

Also, beautiful knitting needles were expensive and were usually given as a gift.

Selbuvotter mittens
Selbuvotter Mittens

The popularity of knitting…

Knitting became more popular in the middle of the 19th Century as traditional sweaters made their appearance.

The man’s sweaters were usually knitted with two or more colors at the top and one in the lower part and women’s had a damask pattern.

The sweaters took their names from Norwegian towns.

Norwegian knitting pattern

Annichen Sibbern Bohn And The First Pattern Book

Until the 1900s knitting patterns were passed around by word of mouth, there weren’t any pattern books you could refer to.

Annichen Sibbern Bohn, writer, designer, and knitter who worked for Husfliden traveled all along the Norwegian countryside and collected the timeless Norwegian classic knitting patterns and the Norwegian contemporary style.

She published her first knitting pattern book in 1929 (Norske Strikkemønstre).

Unn Søiland Dale

Unn Soiland was an avid knitter and a fashion model for the fashion house Hardy Amies in Paris.

She took every opportunity to knit and soon her Norwegian sweaters and cardigans became popular among her model friends and she soon had been taking orders.

She started her own firm in 1953 Lillunn Sport A/S.

Unn wanted to honor her Norwegian heritage so she went back to Norway and based her designs on traditional Nordic knitting patterns.

The Marius Sweater

Unn was inspired by the 1929 book Norske Strikkemønstre and the pattern “Lusekofte fra Setesdalen”.

She designed the sweater in blue, red, and white, the colors of the Norwegian flag.

So the Marius pattern was born, and it became so popular that sold over 5 million copies.

Marius Eriksen was a fighter pilot and starred in the movie 1953 film “Troll I ord”, where all the stars wore Unn Soiland sweaters.

The movie and Marius Eriksen in his Marius sweater establish the patterns brand name and created a huge demand for knitting materials, including high quality yarn (wool) and other accessories.

Norwegian Knitting Patterns

So if you are ready to start your own traditional Norwegian knitting pattern take a look at the collection of knitting patterns below and you might find your next project.

1. Winters Night Enchantment by DROPS Design

Knit a beautiful sweater with this free knitting pattern by DROPS Design. 

A wonderful nordic sweater design available in sizes S to XXXL. 

Use neutrals or fresh modern colors in your garment to suit your own style.

Get the pattern here.

Winters Night Enchantment by DROPS Design

2. DROPS 32-24 by DROPS Design

Make an almost Marius sweater with this free knitting pattern by DROPS Design. 

A beautiful pattern that looks identical to the iconic Marius sweater is available in sizes women, small – medium – large, and men: small/medium – medium/large. 

Get the pattern here.

Nordic sweater knitting pattern

3. Lusekofte-sque Mitts by Mary Rourke

Knit a set of fingerless mittens with this free knitting pattern by Mary Rourke.

A beautiful traditional Norwegian design to make!

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry.

Get the pattern here.

Lusekofte-sque Mittens Knitting Pattern

4. Skadi Wishes for Snow by Lanja Khon-Engheim

Knit a cozy winter hat with this great pattern by Lanja Khon-Engheim

This beanie adapts motifs found in Sami mittens that look like snowflakes. 

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry.

Get the pattern here.

Skadi Wishes for Snow by Lanja Khon-Engheim

5. Norwegian Alphabet Blanket by Jorid Linvik

Make your own Norwegian alphabet baby blankets with this beautiful pattern by Jorid Linvik.

You can purchase the pattern on Raverly.

Get the pattern here.

Norwegian Alphabet Blanket by Jorid Linvik

6. Stjerneskog by DROPS Design

Knit a pair of cozy wrist warmers with this free Nordic knitting pattern by DROPS Design.

The perfect winter accessory is available in sizes S/M – L/XL. 

Get the pattern here.

Stjerneskog Wrist Warmers by DROPS Design

7. Sun Catchers by DROPS Design

Knit a pair of comfy mittens with this free knitting pattern by DROPS Design. 

The Nordic pattern makes the mittens unique and they are definitely perfect for winter. 

Available in sizes S/M. 

Get the pattern here.

Sun Catchers Mittens Pattern by DROPS Design

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