I love visiting Copenhagen. I lived there during my twenties - my formative years in many ways - and so many of my good friends live there. Paradoxically I didn't know Signe Strømgaard when I actually lived in Copenhagen, yet whenever I visit we make sure we get to hang out. Signe is an incredible woman: funny, warm, down-to-earth and smart. I am so proud to call her my friend. And Signe is a fantastic knitting designer.
Her work has appeared in Knitty, Twist Collective and Petite Purls. Signe has also worked extensively with Danish yarn company Filcolana (you can find many of their patterns freely available on Ravelry). Signe's background in graphic design shows in her knitting designs: there is a modern, graphic quality to most of her work. Combined with Signe's ever-present sense of humour, it was perhaps inevitable that her first book would be one filled with modern, colourful children's patterns for kids aged 2 to 10. If you like Scandinavian children's clothes, I think you'll love Knits For Little Scamps.
I'm not even going to pretend to do a review because a) it'd be one long post of THIS IS AMAZING and b) I am totally biased but this is a great collection of modern kids' patterns. Cue picture spam of my favourites.
(Love this shows the design on both boys & girls, in a huge range of colour, and on a variety of ages. BOOM - design statement! )
(Love the simplicity and the bold stripes. And the jumper + trousers = YES. I'd wear this.)
(You cannot tell from the smallish photo, but that's an interesting cable detail)
(This girl takes no prisoners. Also, that hat is so cool that teenagers will secretly sulk that it's for their baby sister or brother)
(I totally love this cardigan. I want it for myself. Again, I love the styling. She looks kick-ass)
(Aksel gives good face. Incidentally this is knitted in one of my favourite Danish yarns - Håndværksgarn by Hjelholt)
(Work that pose! Again, totally wearable with clean lines)
(This is just Signe's design sensibilities in a nutshell)
Congratulations, Signe. You are awesome and I am so proud of you x
(all photos © Signe Strømgaard, 2014)