Wow, when I decided I wanted to try Hardanger, I did not know how scarce patterns would be. I see some beautiful work, but trying to find a pattern to stitch is like GOOD LUCK. I have collected a few books and magazines, but this particular hobby is limited, not like say knitting & crochet books or sewing books!
I am working on a piece I found out of the Burda Special Hardanger Magazine that I found on e-bay, and it is my first attempt. I made the mistake of using size 5 pearl cotton on a 28 count fabric and I did not work over 2 threads, but one. I am going to keep going because although the threads are tight, it doesn't look bad.
Oh well, I guess that is why Hardanger appeals to me because it is very unique and beautiful, and you know what they say...If it was easy, everyone would do it!
Don't be intimidated by hardanger books published in foreign languages either. I find it fairly easy to just use the illustrations to go by. And if you're really stumped, you could always type the foreign phrases into google translate to get past any tricky bits. Anything for a beautiful pattern!
I have found lots of resources for patterns in Hardanger. Do you know about Nordic Needle. They specialise in Hardanger.
You can also find lots of nice things on the web. I have a nice book, from where I have done a few nice things. But it is in French. If you read French, I strongly recommand it: Merveilleuse broderie Hardanger, by Hiroko Takeuchi, Éditions de Saxe.2010
If any of you are interested, http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/ is a great resource for all kinds of embroidery books. I have downloaded a number of the hardanger books - they are all old books but have some lovely ideas in them.
did you have a look here ?
Follow Carroll's suggestion. I just love the Nordic Needle, and have gotten most of my books, materials, and patterns from them over the years. Very dependable. At there site they have a 800 number where you can even call them....good luck! I love to do Hardanger.