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Country Weekend Knits
features a collection of 25 classic patterns that showcase the rich heritage of traditional British knitwear--cozy pullovers, chunky cardigans, patterned vests, and lightweight lacy tops that all have an enduring appeal and will never go out of style.
Divided into four chapters according to their origin--"Ganseys", "Fair Isle", "Aran", and "Shetland Lace"--the patterns are derived from all corners of the British Isles and include textured fishermen's ganseys from Cornwall, the east coast of England, and Scotland, chunky Arans from the Isle of Aran off the west coast of Ireland, and multicolored Fair Isle patterns and lace knitting from the Shetland Islands. Many are based on original designs dating as far back as the eighteenth century, which have been passed down through generations of knitters, and some have been reinterpreted with a fresh approach to color and pattern.
The rich textures of the sumptuous yarns, soft natural colors, and intricate patterns of these timeless knits instantly evoke heather-clad hills, lush green meadows, shaded woodland paths, crumbling stone walls, crashing surf, crisp autumn leaves, and roaring fires. Whether you're a country soul through and through or an urbanite at heart, you cannot fail to be seduced by the nostalgic appeal of the traditional patterns collected in Country Weekend Knits.
Fashions come and go, but some designs are truly timeless. Country Weekend Knits features a collection of twenty-five classic patterns that showcase the rich heritage of traditional British knitwear. Many of these beautiful knitting patterns are based on original designs dating as far back as the eighteenth century, which have been passed down through generations of knitters, and reinterpreted here in contemporary colors and yarns. The rich textures, the soft natural colors, and intricate patterns of these appealing knits instantly conjure up a host of comforting images while evoking the serene charm of the English countryside.
Beautifully photographed, the designs and patterns are interspersed with evocative, scene-setting photographs of the coastline and the countryside. With complete step-by-step instructions for every sweater.
About the Author
MADELINE WESTON and her partner opened their shop The Scottish Merchant in Covent Garden in 1970, and for 20 years it was known as the place in London for buying beautifully made, authentic garments sourced from all parts of the British Isles. Madeline also owned a yarn shop and has done extensive research into traditional knitting patterns; an authority on the subject, she is the author of Country Weekend Socks. She now lives in Norfolk, UK.