Sweaters wrapped in warmth, style, and tradition
In Norway, where the winter weather forecast consistently calls for cold, followed by long periods of colder, it’s no surprise a company that makes exceptional knitwear would thrive. Dale of Norway, founded in 1879 as Dale Fabrikker, is Norway’s premier knitwear manufacturer. This woman-owned company has spun multiple generations of knitting tradition into a culture of unparalleled craftsmanship. At The Century House Gift Shop, we delight in showcasing Dale’s exquisite Norse designs.
From Sheep to Sweater
Over the decades Dale of Norway has been at the forefront of knitwear production. Leading the innovation are the artisans who lend their considerable experience and expertise to the Dale of Norway nameplate. In fact, many of the staff have worked in the company most of their lives, often following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents. Now, as then, Dale of Norway employees are responsible for all aspects of production, starting when “raw” wool arrives at the factory where it is scoured, combed, stretched, spun into single ply strands, twisted into yarn, dyed, knitted, and finished. There are no short cuts; even details such as the pewter clasps, woven bands, and leather patches are made in Norway.
The current owner, Hilde Midthjell, is committed to keeping all aspects of production in-house, maintaining Dale’s environmental sensitivity, expanding the line of lightweight Merino garments, and developing a more modern expansive aesthetic.
Details. Details. Details.
Many women’s sweaters feature contrasting side panels and decorative and adjustable roll up cuffs, assuring an excellent fit and flattering silhouette.
The Olympic Passion Sweater features elements of the Norwegian flag design and falling snow. The Norwegian Olympic team will be wearing this sweater in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The Snefrid Feminine Sweater is made of super-soft machine-washable (wool cycle) merino wool.
Finally, perhaps the most endearing Dale of Norway detail is pattern design, which evokes charm, history, and memories. The Setesdal design, for example, is the most recognized Norwegian pattern and has been knitted for generations. This is the original design that started the Norwegian sweater category. The small v-shaped dots are known as the Lusemønster (lice pattern), while the crosses were believed to protect from evil spirits. We would add that the designs are sure to collect warm compliments for years to come.