Inspired by the seasonal festivals and traditions of Japan, this blend of traditional Scandinavian knitting with distinctive Japanese influences explores the beautiful design elements steeped in folk customs. Created especially for women, these patterns are true to the Japanese ideals of high-quality design and materials. Twelve sweaters, oriented around the months of the year, are each knitted using nearly a dozen different techniques. With project names like "Sake and Soba," "Summer in Tokyo," "Rice Fields," "Flower Buds," and "Stone Garden," knitters will have plenty of inspiration. In addition to standard knit and purl combinations, the patterns feature double knitting, domino knitting, shadow knitting, lace, cables, entrelac, intarsia, and stranded two-color knitting. All techniques are described in detail with clear text and illustrations, and an illustrated glossary at the end of the book provides technical instruction needed for any project. Also included are Japanese ideographs that relate to themes that inspired the projects, a Japanese calendar, plus lush travel photography of Japan that will inspire any knitter.
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Marianne Isager is a textile designer who has taught at several design and crafts schools in Denmark, most notably the Skals School of Handicraft, where she helped create their line of knits. She is the author of Classic Knits and Knitting Out of Africa.Review:
"Like pointillist paintings, Isager's designs rely on the detail you can only get at a fine gauge." - Clara Parkes, editor, Knitter's Review, and author, The Knitter's Book of Yarn
"The shaping and construction of the garments are from the Danish side of the designer's brain, mitred squares, shadow knitting, single-piece construction, not an extraneous or fussy bit to be found." - Knitty.com
"Isager uses techniques advanced knitters clamor for--double knitting, entrelac, shadow knitting--her silhouettes merging traditional Japanese kimonos with classic Scandanavian pullovers." - Yarn Market News
"These are nice patterns...the patterns are all very detailed covering as much as 10 pages." - Knitting News
"A lovely and wearable collection which stands out from the crowd...these knits will turn heads and shake down a rain of compliments from knitters and non-knitters alike." - Simply Knitting
"Fuses European elegance with decidedly non-European patterns and designs influences...exquisite design from a master artist." - Cast-On.com
"East meets West in this collection of knitwear designs inspired by the seasonal festivals and traditions of Japan." - Quick & Easy Crochet
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