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Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projectsby Helene Magnusson
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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 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.
Iceland boasts a rich heritage of knitting, and Icelandic Handknits collects 25 patterns for folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, mittens, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters inspired by traditional knits. An introduction reflecting on the history of Icelandic-style knitting and the stories behind the vintage handknits that inspired the patterns will be included.
Helene Magnusson (Luxembourg) has lived in Iceland for two decades, where she’s studied textile and fashion design. She is the author of Icelandic Color Knitting: Rose Pattern Insert Knitting in a New Light. Hélène is also the cofounder of Knitting Iceland, a company that promotes Icelandic knitting heritage by teaching knitting, publishing Icelandic patterns, and organizing knitting tours in Iceland.
Iceland boasts a rich heritage of knitting. Thanks in equal parts to the island’s special wool, harsh climate, and the need to battle the elements, Icelandic knitters have developed unique traditions of both needlework techniques, handknit styles, and Scandinavian patterns.
Icelandic Handknits collects 25 patterns for folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, mittens, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters inspired by traditional knits. An introduction reflecting on the history of Icelandic-style knitting and the stories behind the vintage handknits that inspired the patterns will be included.
But this is more than just a book of knitting. Vintage photographs of Icelandic fisherman, knitters, and other inhabitants proudly displaying their knitwear; classic recipes; and photos of the artifacts that inspired the designs crown this collection.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword by Elín S. Sigurðardóttir
A Brief History of the Textile Museum in Blönduós
Chapter 1: Inspired by Mittens
Checkered Mittens & Beanie
Leaf Mittens, Slouchy Cap & Scarf
Skagafjörður Tote Bag
Nordic Leaf Mittens
Perlusmokkar: Beaded Wrist Warmers
Perluband: Beaded Armband & Hairband
Chapter 2: Inspired by Traditional Costumes
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
Sock Band Socks
Chapter 4: Inspired by Lace
Halldóra Long Shawl
Margrét Triangular Shawl
About the Author and Photographer
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