Nordic Knits 2015


Feel that chill in the air? Pah, that’s nothing compared to the depths of Scandinavia. It’s no surprise that Norway, Denmark and Sweden know a thing or two about how to produce quality garments to keep you warm, using their traditional knitting methods and materials. And it’s not just function that the wider world is showing an interest in. Scandinavia is fast establishing a recognizable fashion identity thanks to its classic Scandinavian style (check out our blog on Scandi-style boots!). In particular, the style circuit have turned their attention to Nordic knits, an interest that has only grown since the creation of Sarah Lund and her distinctive Scandinavian jumper.

Yes, Nordic knits have an identity all of their own: think stunning fair isle patterns and chunky cable knit constructions. Contemporary Nordic brands, such as Moods of Norway, have developed the traditional knit for the modern culture with lashings of neon colour to demonstrate their kitsch and fun outlook. Other Scandinavian brands, such as Only, have stuck to recreating the traditional-style knits. For brands the other side of Scandinavia’s shores, such as Superdry, there’s no denying the Scandinavian influence in their new collections.

Here at Surfdome, we’ve compiled our Nordic Knits Style Guide to guarantee that you step outside and beat that cold, Scandi-style of course!


The Men’s Edit

Men’s Nordic Knits

With thick cable knits, these jumpers are perfect for staying toasty in the cold this season. With ribbed detailing and a classic cable pattern, it’s clear that the traditional Scandinavian aesthetics have been an influence.

Moods Of Norway Fredrik Knit Jumper


Norwegian brand Moods of Norway are all about crafting clothes for the future, the now. Yet, their roots are very firmly set in Norway’s landscape, having been established in the small town of Stryn.

This is a brand who constantly turn to Norway as a source of inspiration and this is particularly apparent in the Fredrik Knit Jumper. Crafted with 100% Merino wool, the Fredrik will not only keep you looking stylish, but it will keep you warm in even the coldest conditions. The Merino wool also holds fast-wicking and anti-odour qualities, ensuring that you stay fresh and comfortable as you hike those glaciers, watch the Northern lights… or just exit the Northern line on London’s tube. The Nordic pattern to the back and front portrays the brand’s nod to their culture’s traditions.

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From left to right: Only & Sons Gabriel JumperNative Youth Winter Fisherman KnitwearFjallraven Vik Knit Sweater

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From left to right: Bellfield Dalvik JumperPenfield Hickman Snowflake Jumper, Superdry Copenhagen Crew Jumper

 Men’s Accessories:

Of course, Nordic knits do not have to be limited to jumpers and sweaters. Here are our picks of the top Nordic knitted accessories…

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From left to right: Napapijri Semiury BeaniePatagonia Powder Town BeanieMoods of Norway Helge Aarheim Beanie


 The Women’s Edit

Women’s Nordic Knits

As well as the stunning fair isle pattern, Scandinavian style is also about stylish simplicity. The earthy tones also combine with high-quality materials, such as sumptuous cashmere and lambswool.

Element Conifer Jumper


With the Element Conifer Jumper you’ll be warm enough to trek the Fjords in style, thanks to the thick knit and turtle neckline. Simplicity trumps over-the top-patterns and colours. The speckled wool against the cream backdrop evokes the Norwegian snowy landscapes and reindeer-hunting culture of Lapland.

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From left to right: Penfield Freeman Fairisle Crew Jumper, Superdry Chamonix Roll Neck Jumper, Weird Fish Berta Jumper

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From left to right: Only Christmas Snowflake Jumper, Superdry Fairisle Heart Knit JumperSuperdry Ombre Brushed Fairisle Knit Jumper 

Women’s Accessories:

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From left to right: Animal Auron BeanieJoules Fair Isle Beanie, Billabong Cold Mountain Knit Beanie 


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