Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects

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Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects is a rich and varied collection of patterns for folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, sweaters, shoe inserts, and more, all inspired by traditional handknitted artifacts from the Textile Museum in Blönduós, Iceland. Iceland boasts a rich heritage of knitting; thanks in equal parts to the island’s special wool, the harsh climate, and the need to battle the elements, Icelandic knitters have developed unique traditions of needlework ...

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Overview

Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects is a rich and varied collection of patterns for folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, sweaters, shoe inserts, and more, all inspired by traditional handknitted artifacts from the Textile Museum in Blönduós, Iceland. Iceland boasts a rich heritage of knitting; thanks in equal parts to the island’s special wool, the harsh climate, and the need to battle the elements, Icelandic knitters have developed unique traditions of needlework techniques and handknit styles. In the pages of this book, renowned Icelandic knitwear designer Hélène Magnùsson delivers an array of beautiful patterns that reflect the depth of the country’sknitting traditions. You’ll appreciate the fully illustrated techniques section, the ample color photographs, and the detailed list of resources for Icelandic and Scandinavian knitting. More than just a book of knitting, this book is infused with bits of Icelandic folklore and culture, vintage photographs, and classic Icelandic recipes. Magnùsson believes that the best way to preserve traditions is to continue using them, giving them new life. And with this definitive collection of patterns, she has done just that.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760342442
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 781,419
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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H?l\u00e8neMagn\u00fassonis a leading knit designer in Iceland, the author of many books about traditional Icelandic knitting and the editor of The Icelandic Knitter (icelandicknitter.com), an online publication with knitting patterns inspired by tradition with a modern twist. She began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm and a mountain guide. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in Iceland.More info on:www.icelandicknitter.comH?l\u00e8neMagn\u00fassonis a leading knit designer in Iceland, the author of many books about traditional Icelandic knitting and the editor of The Icelandic Knitter (icelandicknitter.com), an online publication with knitting patterns inspired by tradition with a modern twist. She began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm and a mountain guide. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in Iceland.More info on:www.icelandicknitter.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Elín S. Sigurðardóttir
A Brief History of the Textile Museum in Blönduós
Introduction

Chapter 1: Inspired by Mittens
Checkered Mittens & Beanie
Leaf Mittens, Slouchy Cap & Scarf
Skagafjörður Mittens
Skagafjörður Tote Bag
Nordic Leaf Mittens
Perlusmokkar: Beaded Wrist Warmers
Perluband: Beaded Armband & Hairband

Chapter 2: Inspired by Traditional Costumes
Skautbúningur Sweater
Mötull Capelet
A Perfect Little Icelandic Sweater
The Missing Lopi Sweater

Chapter 3: Inspired by Footwear
Icelandic Shoe Inserts
Icelandic Soft Shoes
Step Rose Cushion
Broken Rose Blanket
Togara Socks
Sock Band Socks

Chapter 4: Inspired by Lace
Halldóra Long Shawl
Margrét Triangular Shawl
Lace Hood
Klukka Skirt
Lacy Skotthúfa

Special Techniques
Abbreviations
Yarn Sources
Knitting References
Acknowledgments
About the Author and Photographer
Index

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