Norwegian Setesdal Lusekofte











The beautiful, classic Setesdal Lusekofte, or lice jacket, emerged during the early 19th century. This garment is characterized by white ribbing and lower body, turning into black background on the upper body with white patterning. It is named “lice” for the little white stitches in the body which stand alone. A small sweater will be knitted in class, circularly, utilizing several 2-color traditional motifs. The drop shoulder armholes and the front neck will be sewn and cut. Felt or fabric will be applied to the neck and cuffs. Silver clasps and woven braid will be applied at the student’s option. Other techniques to be learned include working with a yarn in each hand, the Swiss/Norwegian purl, weaving stranded knitting, and knitting self-facings.

Time: 12 hours

Level: Intermediate  (Experience with double pointed needles and sewing skills are helpful.)

Supply List

  • Two highly contrasting colors (such as black and white) worsted weight yarn, 3 ozs each.  Some brightly colored scraps of yarn for basting.
  • One 16″ circular needle each, US sizes 5 and 7 (3.75 mm and 4.5 mm).
  • One set  of 7-8″ long (or shorter) dp needles, US size 7 (4.5 mm).
  • Tapestry needle, small sewing scissors, scraps of waste yarn, st holders, st markers, sewing thread, sewing needle, sewing pins, measuring tape, and magnetic board or sticky notes to keep your place on the chart.  Optional: tweezers, needle threader, dressmaker’s chalk.
  • Kits of  wool flannel fabric (2 colors), several embroidery flosses, waste canvas, several colors of yarns and embroidery needle, small silver clasp, and two 3/8″ buttons will be available for purchase for  $18.

Workshop Provider Supplies: One steam iron and sewing machine is needed for every five students.  A projection screen and digital projector may be needed as well.