Inspired by the so-called Ullared sweater pattern, examples of this sweater pattern have been found that were knitted in the small village of Sjöö in Ullared parish in the centre of Halland, a county in southwestern Sweden. The sweaters are believed to have been knitted of yarn spun of the local wools using the natural black and white colours of the sheep. After knitting, the garment was dyed red to deepen the black, make it more light fast and also make the sweater able to better withstand stains – they don’t show up as much on red as on white.

There are many samples preserved of the sweater for example

The background motif of the sweater goes further back in history. It has for example been used in an early example of true or double needle knitted sock which is now in the Victoria and Albert museum; this piece was knitted in white and blue cotton yarn made in North Africa (probably Egypt) around 1100-1300 CE.

Published by for Nordic Craft Week 2022.