Sport your Stitches: 58 years of Olympic Sweaters
Hey there, knitters. I hope you've been enjoying the Sochi Games—and that you haven't dropped too many stitches while watching.
I've been working on a piece for the upcoming issue of knit.wear about Olympic sweater style, and the folks at Dale of Norway and Mango Moon Yarns were so kind as to send me some archival photos. Dale of Norway has been producing sweaters for the Norwegian National ski teams, for each Winter Olympics, since 1956.
In addition to manufacturing ready to wear knits, the company also distributes wool yarns and patterns, including handknitting patterns for the Olympic designs. Fifteen patterns from past Olympics, 1956–2010, can be found in this book (includes English translation).
This is the design from 1956. Classic drop shoulder construction and Nordic colorwork motifs meet a wide neckline and plain body. And check out their gloves!
The book I linked above contains new photography of all the sweaters, plus the covers of the original pattern booklets. It's fun to see the older photos adjacent to the newer ones. These styles are so classic, though, they'll really always be wearable. Especially for snowbunnies.
Check out all the projects in the book on Ravelry.
We've put together a book of patterns inspired by the Winter Games—check it out! If you're looking for more Nordic sweater designs, we have a few patterns in our store that just happen to be on sale!
- Big and Little Ski Sweaters (shown above right)
- Cross-Cultural Pullover
- Nordic Mittens
- Colorwork Hat and Mittens