One of the best knitting books I've bought in a long while, & a more than worthy successor to Lavold's excellent "Viking Patterns for Knitting." Lavold begins with a brief but fascinating history of early European migrations/invasions & the cultures that likely influenced Viking design (Mongols, Goths, Langobards, Huns, as well as Islamic traders, Christian missionaries & possibly Native Americans). Each chapter is based on a different ornamental pattern used by the Vikings on their rune stones, jewelry, embroidery, swords, helmets, etc. - Loops, Rings & Chains, Knots, S-Hooks & Braiding - with plenty of photographs & drawings from Lovald's source materials. Within each chapter, there are numerous charts of loop & cable designs based on these sources, plus several lovely patterns for sweaters, cardigans, scarfs, tams, etc. at the end of each chapter, which are shown in excellent color photographs. Well-written & designed, culturally rich, & inspiring in every sense of the word.