Knitting with Icelandic Wool

Vedis Jonsdottir, Author
V%C3%A9d%C3%ADs J%C3%B3nsd%C3%B3ttir. St. Martin%E2%80%99s Griffin, $29.99 (264p) ISBN 978-1-250-02480-0
Reviewed on: 01/14/2013
Release date: 01/01/2013
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If you’re looking to expand your Nordic knitting repertoire, look no further. This comprehensive book looks at a wide array of contemporary Icelandic hand knits. After opening with a brief history of Icelandic knitting, Jónsdóttir, veteran knitwear designer and head designer for Ístex yarn, introduces 65 beautiful new patterns that enhance and extend Iceland’s knitting tradition. The traditional patterned-yoke sweater is featured throughout, with beautiful colorwork variations that range from the geometric to the pictorial. One-color, striped, and lace sweaters also make appearances. Projects include "árni," a zip-front men’s sweater with a beautiful geometric design, "ása," a fun, heart-patterned, hooded girl’s sweater, "faðmur," an elegant lace open-front cardigan, and "ljúfa," a lightweight A-line striped sweater with bell sleeves, among many others. Sweaters make up the majority of patterns, but dresses, hats, socks, vests, mittens, and other items are also detailed here. There’s even a darling yoke-patterned dog coat. This book has something for everyone, and a smart index catalogues which patterns are for men, women and children, making it easy to find the project you’re looking for. Easy-to-follow instructions, charts for colorwork and lace, and beautiful photographs of the finished item make this book a pleasure to browse. For anyone enticed by a large collection of hand knits, especially those partial to colorwork sweaters, this book makes a cozy companion. (Jan.)
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