Traditions Revisited: Modern Estonian Knits by Aleks Byrd


Estonia's tradition and love for handicrafts greatly exceed its size for a small country on the Baltic Sea. Estonian knitting is all about techniques, embellishment and regionality. Each knit tells a story about the knitter and where they live. Aleks Byrd's book Traditions Revisited – Modern Estonian Knits introduces Estonian knitting, both traditional and traditional-inspired. It includes 19 patterns, ranging from mittens to sweaters, that blend seamlessly with modern knitting styles.

Aleks Byrd, whose roots are in Estonia, Canada and the USA, is a knitwear designer in Bath, UK. In addition to knitwear design, she works as an illustrator and teaches Estonian knitting techniques worldwide. In her designs, tradition and Aleks' graphic style meet. With her book, Aleks wants to make traditional Estonian methods accessible to everyone while at the same time building a bridge between Estonian knitters and the international knitting community. 

  • 216 pages
  • Nineteen knitting patterns - ten sweaters, one cardigan, one dress, one vest, two shawls, one cowl, one hat, one pair of socks, one fingerless mitts pattern, and one mitten pattern.
  • All sweaters and cardigans come in 10 sizes and fit a bust circumference from approximately 32" (81cm) up to 66" (168cm) at minimum.
  • A detailed, illustrated tutorial for five traditional Estonian knitting techniques.
  • Both charts and written instructions.
  • Hardback book. 
  • Language: English.
  • Weight: Approx. 1.08kg.
  • 205 x 270 x 27 mm. 

Pattern preview pages are now available on Laine's website and Ravelry

Printed in Estonia. All images are copyrighted by Laine Publishing. Print only. No digital download code is available.