We’re excited to welcome debut offering by Finnish knitwear designer Anna Johanna. Hailing from Central Finland, Johanna’s previous work in mathematics shows through in her precise, elegant patterns featured as yokes, sleeve details, and hems. Strands of Joy features seamless top-down colorwork sweaters and cozy accessories to keep you warm all winter long. The book contains 20 patterns including sweaters, cardigans, a dress, a hat, and a child’s pullover. Published by Laine, Strands of Joy evokes familiar feelings of warmth and comfort that has been a hallmark of Nordic design for generations combined with botanical motifs. All of Johanna’s patterns are size inclusive, with garments sized XXS–5XL and many styles are not gender specific.
Anna Johanna is a knitwear designer from Muurame, Central Finland. She is known for her often-romantic knits with much love for details, textures and colours. Since 2020, this former statistician has been designing full-time. Strands of Joy (Finnish title Onnensäikeitä) is her debut book.
These fresh styles pair heritage with a contemporary twist to create treasured knits you will reach for again and again. Strands of Joy includes styles such as the Everything’s Coming Up Roses sweater include a romantic rose colorwork seamlessly worked from the top and down and the Woodland cardigan, a mega-comfy oversized cardigan with wooldand colorwork designs at the hem which includes directions for bust shaping or for a more boxy look. While temps in Finland provide for year-long sweater weather, take advantage of this season to show off some amazing new knits!