The colourful Korsnäs Sweater from Finland
The Korsnäs sweater is relatively well-known amongst people interested in crafts, both in Finland and elsewhere. The Korsnäs sweater represents the latest fashion of the latter half of the 19th century in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia in Finland.
When crocheting became popular, someone with a creative streak thought to apply it to sweaters that had previously been made by knitting only. People felt that the result was outstanding and began copying and varying the pattern. Product development combining an earlier way of making sweaters with a new fashion trend was successful. The crocheted and knitted sweaters are known for their unique, decorative and fun appearance.
The Korsnäs sweater can be called the culmination of folk-style sweaters. They demand skill and patience from their makers. The combination of crocheting and knitting, intricate patterns and bright colours are typical
features of the Korsnäs sweater. The interesting process of making these sweaters is what fascinates the makers, whilst the beautiful patterns and the garment’s history is what attracts the wearers. The Korsnäs
sweater’s status as part of the cultural heritage is also largely due to the fact that it has gained plenty of publicity and several museums have these sweaters in their collections. The first maker of the Korsnäs sweaters is unknown. Masters used to work in the villages, taking orders for these sweaters. Sometimes the sweaters were made as a collaborative effort between three women. This is how a master would pass on their know-how. The sweaters were mainly intended to be worn as men’s formal wear. In wealthier households, the women also occasionally wore Korsnäs sweaters.
Korsnäs sweater is included in the National inventory of intangible cultural heritage of Finland.
Source: Making a Korsnäs sweater – Elävä perintö -wiki (aineetonkulttuuriperinto.fi)
Colourful Korsnäs sweater ”Dancing girls” ladies’ model
The pattern is based on child sweater from the collection of Ostrobothnian Museum (58-254)
Instructions: Jeanette Rönnqvist-Aro|Österbottens hantverk rf
- Technique: tapestry crochet and stranded colourwork
- Sizes: S (M) L (XL) XXL
- Measurements: circumference 100 (105) 110 (115) 120 cm
- Length: 68 (70) 72 (74) 74 cm
- Sleeve length: 45 (46) 47 (48) 48 cm
- Material: Pirkka-lanka tex 125 x 2, 100 g = 400 m. 100% wool
- 4 different colours together to the sizes S-L/ 1000g, XL-XXL/ 1300g
- Crochet hook: no 2-2,5 mm, circular needles no 2-2,5 60 ja 40 cm long or DPNs no 2-2,5
- Gauge for crochet: 30 sts/ 10 cm and 24 rnds/10 cm, for knitting 30 sts/10 cm and 40 rnds/10 cm.
- Knitting: Stranded colourwork; in the rnd, knit all rnds
Do it yourself -package produced by: Taito Itä-Suomi ry