Knitted Kalevala by Jennya Kostet is a wonderful book from Laine Publishing. It includes 18 knitting patterns inspired by Kalevala. Considered a national epic in Finland, Kalevala contains old poems full of Baltic-Finnic mythology, ancient symbols, mythical creatures and nature. These, as well as other Finnish, Karelian, Scandinavian and Baltic influences can be seen in the decorative colourwork patterns of the designs. They are also a wonderful alternative to the popular Icelandic sweaters.
All of the designs are knitted in one piece and the colourwork uses only two colours at the same time, making them accessible to all levels of knitters. The patterns use a variety of lighter and heavier yarns and include several yarn options.
Jenna Kostet is a knitwear designer and a writer, known for her historical novels and children’s books. She has studied ethnology and folkloristics.