epic love stories & dramatic knit design

I write books – about Vikings & about knitting – and I create designs for hand knitters.


So Wild A Dream is coming Oct 6.

I’ll be signing books at New York Sheep & Wool in Rhinebeck Oct 15 & 16 in the Cooperative Press booth. RSVP for fun, but not required.

About my work

I write historical, romantic, time travel fiction set in a fictional world in the White Woods of Iceland’s 10th century. Beautiful Wreck is the first book set in that time and place. Part One of So Wild A Dream – a two-part story – is next.

I regularly post photos of my #writingspot to share the adventure of writing, and I’m the proud owner of the addictive online generator What Does Your Hero Smell Like?

Larissa Brown bw photo by Lynette Fitzpatrick

Photo by my sister, Lynette Fitzpatrick

Besides writing fiction, I’m a knitting designer, and I independently publish designs that invite the knitter to use wild color, bold geometric shapes and their own embellishments to make personal one-of-a-kind works. My most recent collection is called Shieldmaiden KnitsAll my designs can be seen here on ravelry.

I sometimes write about the social and creative aspects of being a knitter and crafter. My writing can be seen in Jane Austen Knits, Knit Edge and at Knitty,com. I’m a two-time craft author of the books Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together and My Grandmother’s Knitting, both from STC Craft. My first self-published essay is here: Knitting & The Art of Fairytales.

An eclectic reader, my favorite book last year was A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic. The first time travel that I read as an adult, which has so clearly inspired my work, is Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. I live in Portland, Oregon, with my husband (and Knitalong co-author) Martin John Brown and our son Sebastian, adorable loser-of-handmade-hats.


9 thoughts on “epic love stories & dramatic knit design

  1. mxu111 says:

    Awesome, I really like the voice and premise of Beautiful Wreck. I look forward to reading more of your work. By the way, do you write reviews of the work of other authors? Have a great week!


  2. Sarah Banks says:

    I just read beautiful wreck… And I am going to tell everyone about it. It is hands down the best book I’ve read in years! Please keep books of this same vein coming!


    • larissagoldenbrown says:

      Thank you so much! There are more on the way, slowly but surely. I’ve written a novella in the meantime, and the companion book to Beautiful Wreck is in editing mode. Thank you for your note, and I’m so glad you like the book.


  3. Coralyn Bell says:

    Just a thank you for the offer of your ‘Shift Shawl’. I have looked at your ultra eyelet shawl and thought about buying, but as a newbie to knitting I thought it was a bit ambitious for me. T
    Thanks again for the Shift shawl…i think that this is well within my capabilities.


    • larissagoldenbrown says:

      Hi Coralyn, You are very welcome. I’m so glad you like the shawls. If you have a knitter friend or LYS to answer a few questions, you should be able to knit Ultra Eyelet too. It requires mostly the same stitches as the Shift Shawl – knit, purl, yarnover (Shift includes knit, purl and make 1.) Both are appropriate for beginners-with-friends.🙂


  4. Rosie Bowers says:

    Hi. Larissa. I am working on the on off shawl and my increases do not look right. The middle increase (m1r, s1, m1l) looks fine, with a nice chain of stitches on the right side. The left and right increases don’t have the nice chain. They just look a bit jumbled. I think I am doing them all the same, but obviously something is different. Any ideas?


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