The Marius® Story

Behind the Marius pattern lies centuries of Norwegian cultural hand knit heritage.The Norwegian designer Unn Søiland made the Marius© pattern in the early fifties.

The Designer made history by designing new patterns and using wool with strong colours, which was unusual at the time. This made "Norwegian sweaters" great fashion, also abroad - and "Norwegian sweaters" became an internationally popular concept.

Unn Søiland Dale received the King's Merit Medal in gold for her lifelong pioneering work for develop Norwegian hand knit traditions and designs and make Norwegian wool internationally famous.

Marius Eriksen was the model for the front page of the Hand knit receipt of Unn Søiland's new designed sweater for Sandnes yarn that year.  He was an excellent skier, war hero, and acting in the movie "Trolls in words", wearing Unn Søiland sweaters. Marius Eriksen gave his name to the sweater. This is how the "Marius sweater" got its name, and so it became famous, because the film became a huge success across Norway. Everyone wanted to knit Marius sweaters.


The Marius© pattern has been elected as one of the 100 best Norwegian designs the last 100 years.  And is today regarded as a Norwegian icon, capturing the Norwegians love for the outdoor life in the free open Norwegian nature.


The company Nordic Kids AS was established in January 2015. We have the rights to use the famous and traditional Marius© pattern on clothes for kids from 0-12 years. We do all the design ourselves and focus on quality, convenience and comfort. The clothes are sold under the brand Marius Kids.

The Marius© pattern is a protected design from 1953.