Binge (knitting)

Binge is a regional knitting tradition developed in the 17th century in the region of Halland. Binge is knitted with two colours, usually red, blue and white, and uses traditional patterns.

Location: Halland

Teckning av personer med höjda glas runt ett bord.

A person knitting mittens ackording to a binge-pattern called Laholm. Foto: Mymmel Blomberg

Historically, the word “binge” was used to describe all types of knitting, but today it is used in a more narrow meaning to describe the traditional knitting patterns and colours of the region of Halland. Certain colours and patterns are considered to be more traditional, but contemporary practitioners have also developed the tradition with new color schemes and expressions.

Knitting was an important source of income for families in Halland in the 18th century. Women, men and children all contributed, and knitted various pieces of clothing that were distributed to local salesmen and sold all over Sweden. As knitting machines were introduced in the 19th century, it became difficult to make an income through hand-knitted garments. To help those who relied on knitting for their income, a woman called Berta Borgström got in touch with military garment companies, in order for local knitters to provide hand-knitted socks and mittens. She also documented traditional patterns and founded the local crafts association, which was named after the binge tradition.

The crafts associations of Halland are highly engaged in safeguarding the binge tradition. They arrange exhibitions and informal gatherings where people can teach and learn binge knitting. In 2024, the crafts association of Halmstad opened a website with photos and instructions for binge knitting.

A collage with three photos of different binge-patterns.

Bjärbo, Fasan and Blomster are three popular binge-patterns. Photo: Mymmel Blomberg


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Hemsida om binge: External link.