The Nidaros Spires Sweater

design history knitting nook Jun 24, 2023


Finally, the new design is out and it has got a name!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in on the naming contest. You came up with more than 160 suggestions which made it a bit difficult to actually pick a name. There was one name that stood out amongst the many inspiring suggestions - SPIRES. It was used in several different combinations as well as alone and therefore it also found its way into my subconscious and as the weeks went by I started to think about this sweaters as the Spires sweater, however I also added a touch of Norwegian history to and named it Nidaros Spires.

And today, we will go on a fascinating journey to explore the name inspiration behind my latest design: the Spires of the Nidaros Cathedral.

A Glimpse into the Past

Nidaros Cathedral, also known as Nidarosdomen, stands tall in the heart of Trondheim, Norway. Trondheim was way back called Nidaros - which means the town at the end of the river (estuary). This Gothic structure holds an important place in Norwegian history, captivating locals and visitors alike with its awe-inspiring beauty. Construction of the cathedral began in 1070, and was finished around 1300, making it one of the oldest surviving cathedrals in Scandinavia.

Symbolism and Significance

The Nidaros Cathedral holds huge religious and cultural significance for Norwegians. It serves as the coronation site for Norway's monarchs. It is also the final resting place of Saint Olav, the patron saint of Norway, and the cathedral is actually built on the grave of St. Olav - the Viking king that converted Norway to Christianity.

The Spires

Now, let's dwell a bit on the inspiration behind the name for the new knitting design - the spires - which beautifully captures the essence of the Nidaros Cathedral's tall and detailed spires. Just as the spires, the pattern reflects grace, elegance, and the intricacies of Norwegian craftsmanship. The way the architectural details of a spire made you think of this new design, simply confirms the mastery of both the knitting and the cathedral's design.

Knitting a Cultural Fabric

Norwegian knitting, in Norwegian called "strikke," has a deep-rooted connection to the Norway’s heritage and traditions. Passed down through generations, knitting patterns carry with them the stories of the past. By creating the link between elements from the old Nidaros Cathedral we honor the rich cultural knitted fabrics that makes Norwegian knitting so special.

The Nidaros Cathedral Today

Beyond its historical importance, the Nidaros Cathedral remains a place of worship and an architectural gem that draws visitors from around the world. The cathedral underwent extensive restoration work in the 19th and 20th centuries, preserving its original beauty and allowing us to appreciate its magnificent appearance today.

I hope this little travel through history and making the connection to today’s design inspires you to knit some beautiful garments yourself. And, just as the cathedral's spires reach towards the sky, may your knitting journey and endeavors continue towards new levels and new corners of the knitting world as you knit your own masterpieces.

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