Authentic and classic, Norwegian sweaters are highly popular all over the world, but especially trendy in cold-weather climates and mountainous regions. In fact, a slew of Norwegian sweaters have been made exclusively for the world-class Norwegian athletes attending both World Championships and The Olympics since 1956 by a company that sells to the public online. Many people can picture exactly what a Norwegian sweater looks like, but cannot seem to put their fingers on what exactly differentiates any sweater from a Norweigan sweater!

First, Norwegian sweaters are notoriously thick, a style that originated in the freezing climate of Norway, where the thick cable knit style kept fishermen and hunters warm all year round. Often, the wool in a Norwegian sweater comes in cream colors, browns, blacks, navys and hunter greens. Some patterned Norwegian sweaters may also include ribbing of a contrasting color, like white or red. It is these elegant and intricate patterns that truly give the Norwegian sweater it’s signature look. Wool bands, and buttons or clasps made of metals like pewter or silver are other authenticating features of a real Norwegian sweater.

Many Norwegian sweaters are knit like cardigans, a full sweater with a slit in front. As such, the vast majority are tubes, knitted from the bottom up, then cut all the way up the front.

If you’re interested in home knitting your own Norwegian sweater, you may want to first seek the assistance of someone who has done one before that can provide hands-on help. Norwegian sweaters are notoriously tricky to knit because of the intricate patterns. However, a few expert tips can lead you on the right path, and get your Norwegian sweater well underway!