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Knitting Out of Africa Paperback – Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc (Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499989
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Strong geometrics are the real thrill...Geared towards the more advanced knitter, there is plenty to sink your teeth into." -- "Spun Magazine" KarenPlatt.co.uk: This is a tricky one, because my mind bubbled over with colour, representations of my images of the varied face of Africa. However, when the book arrived, it was nothing like the images I had conjured up - colour is a state of mind! Instead, the tones, Danish designer, Marianne has chosen are more mud cloth. Although this works for some patterns, I think the addition of colour would have led to more variation and a more pleasing book. However, yarn can always be substituted. The patterns are easy to wear, inspired by African carpets and baskets. They are attractive, adaptable and very wearable. They are on the comfortable side with little shaping, yet stylish. The charts and instructions are very clear. The sweaters are beautifully photographed. The yarns are not found in England, so you would have to do a tension swatch and substitute.

About the Author

Marianne Isager has taught at numerous design and craft schools throughout Denmark and has been active in the establishment of the knitting line at Skals School of Handicraft. She earned her degree as a textile designer from Copenhagen's School of Design and Handicrafts. The ideas for this book came directly from one of her sojourns in Africa. Marianne lives in Aarhus, Denmark.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman VINE VOICE on 18 April 2006
Format: Paperback
"Knitting Out of Africa" employs the abstractly modern traditional designs of Mali mudcloth, Zimbabwe basketweaving and other designs to create wonderful designer garments. The knitting is mostly suitable for the intermediate to advance knitter, mainly for the colorwork and assembly techniques.

My favorite designs in the book are the ones taken from basketweaving. There is a funnel neck pullover and a long tunic, both inspired by these baskets. Another great design is a modular knitting domino, rather like a kimono, with flap collar and wonderful black-white-gray geometric design. There are some intarsia animal prints, as well. All are modern looking, quite stylish and would make one-of-a-kind, elegant garments. Some designs could be adapted for men, but these are primarily women's sweaters.

Big thumbs up if you like pattern or colorwork.
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By Lolly on 16 July 2015
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Inspiring, amazing designs which are exciting and original.Yarn is very fine so would be some long term projects but I can't wait to get started !
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous modern pattern knitting for the experienced knitter 16 Mar. 2006
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Knitting Out of Africa" employs the abstractly modern traditional designs of Mali mudcloth, Zimbabwe basketweaving and other designs to create wonderful designer garments. The knitting is mostly suitable for the intermediate to advance knitter, mainly for the colorwork and assembly techniques.

My favorite designs in the book are the ones taken from basketweaving. There is a funnel neck pullover and a long tunic, both inspired by these baskets. Another great design is a modular knitting domino, rather like a kimono, with flap collar and wonderful black-white-gray geometric design. There are some intarsia animal prints, as well. All are modern looking, quite stylish and would make one-of-a-kind, elegant garments. Some designs could be adapted for men, but these are primarily women's sweaters.

Big thumbs up if you like pattern or colorwork.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring ideas for the advanced knitter 28 Feb. 2006
By Randie Cowan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the title suggests, these are not sweaters for the inexperienced knitter. They are intricate works of art, and the recommended needle sizes show they are not for the impatent knitter. Read through the knitting techniques mentioned in the introduction, and if you aren't familiar with them, and you still want to make the gorgeous sweaters herein, then learn the technique elsewhere before tackling these sublime designs. You'll be amply rewarded for your efforts.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fingering weight yarn dreams but.....there be steeks! 14 Mar. 2006
By Quickbeam - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very fond of this book. There is a sophistication of color in the designs that I find appealing. I prefer fingering weight yarn and if you do as well, you'll love the designs in this book. I'm not a fan of zippers in sweaters but the patterns which include zippers could easily be turned into a v-neck, etc.

I was surprised at how many of the patterns used steeks. Steeks require you to cut your knitting in a variety of ways (for sleeves, cardigan fronts, necklines). All of these can be reconfigured if you dislike steeks. Be aware of the need to noodle with the patterns if you choose not to steek.

The sleeveless giraffe pullover is to die for!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 15 Jan. 2008
By S. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was hoping for more true tribal/regional patterns but this book is more about the author's interpretation of what "seems" african-like.

The patterns are all shapeless and look more like standard fair-isle/intarsia patterns to be found elsewhere.

Do not buy if you are looking for true African-inspired patterns.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful glorious patterns 18 Jan. 2006
By CrochetQueen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love anything that has a sort of "wild" flare to it, and this book is filled with it. The patterns will certainly give you a good challenge, which we all need now and then. The tutorials are written so well that if you are a "medium" knitter, you will probably feel very comfortable trying these patterns.
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