The man in the “Marius Sweater” has passed away

On July 6, 2009 Marius Eriksen Jr. (86) passed away in Oslo. The popular Norwegian "Marius Sweater" (Mariusgenseren) was named after this well-known skier, pilot, model and actor. His mother Birgit "Bitten" Eriksen loved to knit, and designed the "Marius Pattern" together with Unn Søiland Dale in 1953. It became Norway's most popular knitting pattern. Over 5 million patterns have been sold so far. Marius, brother of the famous Olympian Stein Eriksen, was a very talented slalom skier and ski jumper before WWII. He was Norwegian slalom champion in both 1947 and 1948. His father, Marius Eriksen Sr., was a Norwegian gymnast who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. Eriksen Jr. served as a fighter
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