Hälsingland is an excellent county to visit if you´re a knitter.
The traditional patterns are some of the most beautiful to be found in Sweden.
The sweaters in red, green and black were made to be worn as part of the folk costume in that area.
Now Johanne´s mother is working with creating a textile archive of old textiles in her area.
That includes knitted sweaters of course.
And Johanne was lucky to be allowed to take a closer look at some of the old treasures.
These sweaters are from Löka hembygdsgård in Långhed, north of Alfta.
The knitted sleeves were sewn onto a black body made of wool material.
Most of the patterns have a carnation as the main motif.
But they can differ quite a lot.
Notice the elegant increase on the underside of the sleeve.
Imagine knitting a whole sleeve using three colours on every single row, on really tiny needles...
And look, it´s equally neat on the inside.
The knitters in Hälsingland were clearly a superior species.