Overview


Beautiful and historic African carpets, baskets, and other textiles provide the design inspiration for these 16 sophisticated knitted cardigans, pullovers, and sweater vests. Intended for seasoned knitters, these projects use domino, double knitting, entrelac, intarsia, and stranded two-color techniques worked in fingering-weight yarns. The Shoowa Vest, the African Domino Pullover, and the Arrowheads Cropped Pullover show off fancy stitching, while other designs feature colors borrowed from the mud-dried fabrics...
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Knitting out of Africa

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Overview


Beautiful and historic African carpets, baskets, and other textiles provide the design inspiration for these 16 sophisticated knitted cardigans, pullovers, and sweater vests. Intended for seasoned knitters, these projects use domino, double knitting, entrelac, intarsia, and stranded two-color techniques worked in fingering-weight yarns. The Shoowa Vest, the African Domino Pullover, and the Arrowheads Cropped Pullover show off fancy stitching, while other designs feature colors borrowed from the mud-dried fabrics of Mali, the block patterns of Ghana, or motifs from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire, and Zimbabwe. African animals decorate the Giraffe Vest and Zebra Cardigan, and elsewhere leaping antelope and birds in flight are used in repeating patterns. Full instructions and charted patterns for at least two adult sizes are provided for each design and high-quality photographs of the finished pieces showcase these classic additions to any wardrobe.
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Editorial Reviews

Bangor Daily News
"Sweater patterns that will challenge the seasoned knitter and give the rest of us something to aspire to."
Knitting News
"Every design is very unique.... I am very impressed. It is an excellent book."
Vogue Knitting
"Nothing short of inspirational.... Stunning garments that transcend time and culture."
Knitty.com
"Offers 18 beautiful sweaters and vests, as inspiring as they are interesting."
Spun Magazine
"Strong geometrics are the real thrill.... Geared towards the more advanced knitter, there is plenty to sink your teeth into."
Black Purl Magazine
"These designs take your breath away. They are that stunning."
CNA Magazine
"The book is laced with engaging wisdom and beautiful color photography."
Spindlicity.com
The designs are impeccable to the last finishing detail. This is a master knitting course disguised as a pattern book!
Library Journal
Danish knitwear designer Isager became intrigued by African cultural artifacts-baskets, carpets, and other textiles-as source material for her original designs. Here she features 16 hand-knitted sweaters and vests combining African patterns and motifs and using such knitting techniques as intarsia, double knitting, entrelac, stranded two-color, and domino knitting. These beautiful and rewarding designs, worked in fingering weight yarns, will appeal to the skilled or ambitious. Each sweater is partnered with detailed instructions and pictured in full color beside the African textile or basket that inspired the design (e.g., cloth-printed patterns by the Asante people of Ghana). Recommended as a top choice for textile collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620332962
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,266,821
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author


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.
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