Squares, Stripes and Lice


A wealth of stylish patterns, inspired by the textile history of Norway.

One of the oldest textile factories in Norway, Salhus Tricotagefabrik (1859-1989) operated outside Bergen for over 130 years, producing thousands of sweaters and other durable everyday clothes such as wool and cotton underwear and woolen socks.

The technical limitations of the knitting machines of the day gave rise to timeless geometric motifs with strikingly distinctive features―motifs which inspired some of Norway’s best-loved knit designers to come together and create this striking collection of all-new contemporary handknit garments, now translated into English for the first time.

The book includes a  detailed introduction to Salhus Tricotagefabrik and a collection of 29 bold, dynamic and fashionably retro designs from some of Norway’s best designers, including Birger Berge, Dianna Walla, Kristin Wiola Ødegård, Siv Dyvik and others.  Several of the patterns have been designed using yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Salhus Tricotagefabrik was the first fully mechanized knitwear factory in Norway, and is now protected as an industrial heritage site and museum. It still demonstrates the historical machinery and is the home of the Bergen Knitting Festival.

About the authors - Ann Kristin Ramstrøm, editor, is head of The Textile Industry Museum in Salhus. Author Hanne Dale is the collections manager, and Author Siri Angela Gamborg works in education and is responsible for production and the museum gift shop. Their backgrounds are in various aspects of cultural and industrial history, arts, and crafts. Together the three women work to preserve and promote this unique industrial heritage site.


Hardback book, 192 pages

Language:  English