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Nordic socks are the perfect gift for the cold season. Traditional Scandinavian patterns such as the Selburose or the Lusekofte have been associated with the holidays for decades now. You see them on every Christmas sweater.


Selburose

selburose pattern

 

The Selburose knitting pattern is the most common design in Nordic knitting. Its history dates back to ancient times. However, it became popular in the Norwegian town of Selbu, which gave it part of its name. The other part of its name comes from the pattern itself, which is shaped like a rose with eight petals. 


Thanks to its flowery style, the selburose looks good in any color combination. You can gift your loved ones the traditional white, red, and blue design. Or, if they prefer bright coloured socks instead, you can try our Nordic sock sets - traditional Scandinavian styles in fun shades. 


In the town of Selbu, the selburose pattern was first knitted onto mittens. A girl named Marit Guldsetbrua Emstad first brought them to church in 1857. The design quickly caught on amongst the local men and women alike. Thanks to the Norwegian Arts and Craft Club, the knitting pattern was a national sensation by 1910. It was a pillar of women's independence in the country, thanks to the creation of a new trade. Plus, it is also a symbol of Norway's national identity. This is what makes the design very special. 


Then, the selburose quickly rose to be a staple on sweaters as well. Today, we see it on many clothing items, including charming, colorful socks. It is especially popular around the winter holidays. On top of that, it was also the starting point for other beloved variations of Nordic knitting patterns. They usually come in red, white, and blue combinations. These are the colors of the Norwegian flag. This is because Norway is the country of origin of this beautiful tradition. 


But why not have them on colorful socks too? Here at NordicSocks, we take these traditional Nordic knitting patterns and put them on colorful socks. If you want to learn more about the styles we use on our products, then keep reading. 


Our Colorful Knitting Patterns


Lusekofte

 

Lusekofte

The Lusekofte knitting pattern is one widespread variation of the Selburose. It combines the eight-petal rose with another traditional pattern known as lice. Lusekofte translates to lice jacket due to this pattern, not the parasitic insect. 


Lusekofte designs first appeared in the 19th century. At first, you could find it only on cardigans and sweaters. These were known as Setesdal sweaters or Setesdalgenser in Norwegian. The alternative naming comes from the Setesdal region, where the pattern was first used. 


Setesdal sweaters were initially knitted in black and white only. It was traditionally worn by men. However, tourists in Norway discovered the clothing items in 1920, and they immediately fell in love. This is how the style was popularized all around the world. 


Over time, people started integrating other traditional colors, such as red and blue, into the pattern. Brighter shades also came into the mix soon after. Today, the Lusekofte knitting pattern is available on various clothing items. In fact, you can even find it on colorful socks such as the ones in the Nordic Socks shop. 


Mariusgenser

Mariusgenser

The Mariusgenser knitting pattern is another popular variation of the traditional Selburose pattern. Just like the ones above, you can find it on the socks in the NordicSocks online store. It was initially designed for traditional red, white, and blue sweaters. In fact, the Marius sweater was the first to incorporate these colors. The other Nordic knitting patterns soon followed suit. 


Before the creation of the Marius sweater, Scandinavian knitting was done in the natural colors of wool. These were black, gray, brown, and white. So, the Mariusgenser pattern was the first to bring color to traditional Norwegian woolwork. This secured the country's national identity even more in the industry and the world as a whole. 


We built upon this tradition when we created our Nordic sock sets. Now, you can enjoy these classic designs in the brightest colors you can imagine, from purples and reds to greens and oranges. An ode to Scandinavian customs that you can enjoy in the comfort of your day-to-day life. 


Lopapeysa

Lopapeysa

When you think of traditional Nordic knitting, you think of Norway. However, Iceland has also helped popularize the styles we know and love today. In the early to mid-20th century, Iceland was in the middle of transitioning to imported clothing. This left a lot of native wool unutilized.


When this happened, people in Iceland quickly started to look for new ways to use wool. This is how the Lopapeysa knitting style was born, a traditional design used on sweaters. Much like Norwegian patterns before Mariusgenser, the Lopapeysa is also commonly crafted in browns and other natural wool colors. It is characterized by a diamond-shaped design around the collar and geometric symmetry. 


And just like other traditional designs, this one also looks good on colorful socks. In the Nordic Socks store, we take inspiration from all across the Scandinavian peninsula. This is why you will see complementary patterns such as geometric figures and chevron on our socks as well.


Final Thoughts

nordic socks gift

You can find all these patterns and more in the Nordic Socks online store, where they are available in sets of five pairs. Our Merino wool socks and cotton socks are all adorned with traditional Norse motifs in a variety of color combinations. Made in Europe from locally sourced materials, they will make your loved ones very happy this cold season. 


Our Nordic sock sets are soft, comfortable, and durable. The highest quality materials we use ensure that whoever receives them as a gift this year will have warm, dry, and cozy feet all winter. Plus, they are available in various patterns to suit every personality. So you can choose the perfect gift right now in our shop with ease. 


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