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Classic Collection, The [Hardcover]

Sasha Kagan
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7 May 2011
Iconic knitwear designer Sasha Kagan treats us to a fascinating retrospective of her work from the past four decades in this beautifully presented new book of womens wear. Known best for her innovative use of the intarsia technique, striking pattern work and unique use of colour, Sashas designs transcend fleeting fashion trends and have become classic pieces in their own right. Reworked in gorgeous new yarns, this collection of cardigans, fringed shawls, statement jackets, sweaters and waistcoats are just as wearable today as the day they were created. Spanning from 1969-2009, five patterns are included for each decade along with swatches, magazine cuttings, articles and photographs that help portray the original design context for each piece. Also included are written contributions from fashion-industry members, which provide a further fascinating insight into the social and historical story of needlecraft.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gmc (7 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861088450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861088451
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sasha Kagan trained as a painter at Exeter College of Art, and subsequently studied printmaking at the Royal College of Art. In 1972 Sasha began to produce her knitwear commercially and built up a business that is still thriving. In 2000 - 2001, the V&A put on an exhibition of her work - the ultimate accolade for a knitwear designer. Sasha gives workshops and lectures in the UK, US, Japan and Australia and designs for many magazines. She has published six books of her designs including the popular Knitwear. She lives in Powys, Wales.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birthday Treat 14 Mar 2013
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Well I purchased the Classic Collection by Sasha Kagan after seeing the gorgeous Hazlenut Jacket in a knitting magazine. I was so inspired by this jacket that I wanted more like it.

The book does not disappoint, glorious full colour gorgeous knits page after page after page. So many to choose from! I was pleased that I already set my eye on the Sasha Kagan Classic Collection Hazlenut Jacket. Because I didn't have to say, "which one".

Of course there are so many fantastic projects in this book, from acorns, to dogs, jackets, hats scarves.

So inspired that now I want to design and create and knit fantastic and beautiful designs.

Thank you Sasha for a wonderful collection of gorgeous knits, its like having a box of chocolates and not know which is your favourite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful patterns 10 Mar 2013
By fliss
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there are some lovely patterns and the book is full of detail regarding the different design eras.my only quibble is the yarns used are not run of the mill and would be hard to source,also they would make some of the peices very expensive.but as a special present they would be worth the effort
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely fashion 16 May 2013
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I met Sasha Kagan and wanted a couple of her books. This is an excellent one to start with. Enjoy
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3.0 out of 5 stars I did have the original Sweater Book.... 6 May 2013
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but got rid of it some years ago when I'd decided I wouldn't be doing much knitting any more. Of course I got the bug again and came over all nostalgic. This book reworks some of Kagan's designs from the past using modern yarns - some I liked and some I didn't, so I will very likely rework the reworkings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20 Garments Representing Four Decades of Brilliant Knitwear Design 15 Sep 2011
By Lynne E. - Published on Amazon.com
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Famed Rowan designer Sasha Kagan excels at creating knitwear patterned with repeating flower, leaf, and animal motifs. This book presents 20 of Kagan's "best-loved" designs that represent four decades of her work (1969-2009). The designs--the charts for the motifs--have all been published before, but the garment patterns have been updated and reworked in contemporary yarns.

Kagan aficionados will recognize the prowling cats and Scotty dogs from The Sasha Kagan Sweater Book; the spot tuxedo waistcoat seen in the "Cagney and Lacey" TV series; the acorn jacket commissioned by Hugh Ehrman (shown as the book's cover design) that also appeared in Big & Little Sweaters; the pansy chain from "Sasha's Flower Book" (published by Rowan); and the sweet William bouquets from Country Inspiration. Each pattern is preceded by a short paragraph stating where the design first appeared. Unfortunately, none of Kagan's flower designs based on roses are included.

Knitting history buffs will certainly appreciate the five background essays about both Kagan's development as a designer and the changing fashion milieu in which Kagan worked and flourished. The essays are: "A Stitch in Time" by Jill Piercy (all about Kagan); "A Quiet Revolution" by Sandy Black (about the birth of the designer knit); "The Welsh Connection" by Moira Vincentelli (about knitting as an integral part of the Welsh culture); "Yarn Matters" by Kate Buller (about Kagan's collaboration with Rowan yarns); and "A Vogue's Eye View" by Trisha Malcolm (about a knitting fashion magazine's view of Kagan).

The colorwork garment patterns call for Fair Isle or intarsia knitting; the basic techniques are briefly explained and illustrated at the back of the book. (There is an explanation of "woven intarsia" technique that was new to me.) The only things that I don't like about this book are: (1) the plain paper (not glossy paper) used for the color photographs, which washes them out; and (2) the grouping of the garment photographs in a gallery at the front of the book, so that the knitting patterns are illustrated only by line drawings and the motif charts presented in color.

I rate this book at 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars. If you can't get enough of Sasha Kagan's designs, you might like another recent book, Knitwear, although I think that this book, Kagan's Classic Collection, is the better of the two collections.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sasha Kagan is my favorite designer 9 May 2013
By Connie Bullman - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't usually have a favorite designer, but the first time I saw one of Sasha Kagan's books, I fell in love with her work. Her designs are colorful, cute, feminine, and eyecatching. I think its safe to say that there is something for everyone because there is such a variety in her work. Even though she is from the UK her patterns are revised for the American reader as well. I had 2 of her books before I bought this one. I was hesitant at first, because I thought it would be the same designs I already have, but I bought it anyway. It was a pleasant surprise to find alot of patterns I didn't have. I'm glad I bought this book and very happy to have it as part of my Kagan collection.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection 4 Mar 2012
By Dana R. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Sasha Kagan you will love this book as well. We saw her exhibit in Victoria and Albert Museum in London and it was something to see, just beautiful!
2.0 out of 5 stars just a redo! 1 Mar 2014
By David Keller - Published on Amazon.com
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It is just one of those rehashes of older books I already have. It may have one new thing but I find this kind of republishing very annoying.
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