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150 Scandinavian Knitting Designs (Knitters Directory) [Paperback]

Mary Jane Mucklestone
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10 Aug 2013 Knitters Directory
For both experienced and beginner knitters, this is an inspirational collection of favourite motifs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, including charming motifs of stars, hearts, flowers, leaping reindeer and dancers, as well as delightful geometric patterns, and more. Each motif is shown as a hand-knitted swatch, illustrated with clear, life-sized photographs and accompanied by easy-to-read colour charts, and a reverse colourway suggestion. With clear details on reading colour charts, and a full review of techniques for two-colour knitting, this book also gives advice on incorporating the Scandinavian motifs into a variety of different projects, allowing you to create unique designs. Includes guidance on choosing yarns, use of colour, and finishing techniques to help you hone your knitting skills and create stylish projects.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (10 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844489345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844489343
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 22 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Scandinavian vibe continues to be a huge trend heading into summer, as it still reels from its winter success. This book certainly taps into the fashion with 100 authentic designs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Suitable for both beginner and advanced knitters, it is a collection of inspirational patterns and charming motifs, including flowers, hearts and stars. Each motif is shown as a hand-knitted swatch, illustrated with clear, life-sized photographs and accompanied by easy to read colour charts and a reverse colourway suggestion. With clear details on reading colour charts and a full review of techniques for two-colour knitting, the book also gives advice on incorporating the Scandinavian motifs into a variety of different projects, allowing readers to create their own designs. The techniques and information are basic enough to appeal to knitters and those needing a refresher too.-Craft Business Following on from 200 Fair-Isle Designs, Mary is back with colourful Scandinavian knitting. Some of the designs will strike you as more obviously Scandinavian than others. Actual size swatches are shown together with charts and alternative colourways for the designs. The charts are easy to use. For all levels of knitters used to working with more than one colour of yarn, this is a useful book. Essential techniques are given for those unfamiliar with colour knitting. It includes symbols and motifs, animals, flowers and traditional geometric patterns. You can combine the designs to make your own unique patterns. There are also four projects included for you to make - a cowl, hat, mittens and pincushion. Great for those who like to design their own knitwear.-Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts This is such a great resource book for those looking for fairisle knitting designs. However, it's not just a dictionary of design but also a guide to more advanced knitting, such as steeking and designing garments. It's so accessible but gently stretching too. There are 29 pages on increasing, decreasing, working in the round and holding the yarn with heaps of tips for working with two or more colours. I've always loved going at my own pace with knitting, gradually teaching myself all the techniques one at a time, then coasting for a while until I get bored. I do feel as if I want to try the hat above, maybe in my favourite colour combo - white and red. There are four projects at the back of the book to knit - a cowl, a hat, mittens and a pincushion. The rest of the book is comprised of 168 design charts with an example swatch to show you what it looks like. There are black and white charts as well as colour charts and alternative colourway charts to inspire you. I love the Scandinavian look. The jumpers have really come back into fashion again, so maybe now is the time to knit your own? http://sewingisforgirls.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/150-scandinavian-knitting-designs-by.html Scandi-style is more popular than ever and now you can incorporate the traditional designs into your knits with the patterns in Mary Jane's book. It's a veritable feast, packed with (yes, you guessed it) 150 different designs to use on winter sweaters, yokes, hats, gloves and more. Four patterns, for a hat, cowl, mittens and a pincushion, are also given. Helpfully, the swatches are all printed at actual size and essential instructions are given for those who are unfamiliar with colour knitting.-Knit Today

About the Author

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand knitting designer who loves folk and ethnic knitting. Her book 200 Fair Isle Designs provied to be an instant classic. She is a popular teacher specialising in lively, fun and informative classes, giving her students the courage to try something new. Mary Jane has a varied background in art and textiles, earning a BFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute, studying fashion at Parsons School for Design, and Textiles and Historic Costume at the University of Washington. She was photostylist for Interweave Knits Magazine, has taught handwork to the early grades in a Waldorf School, as well as working for years int he fashion industry in New York City, and the related fields of advertising and interior design. Mary Jane lives and works in rural Maine, where she needs to wear a sweater year-round! Follow her adventures on her website MaryJaneMucklestone.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, great designs 10 Sep 2013
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For years there any Scandinavian knitting design book in print was as rare as hen's teeth, but thankfully in the last few years a number of knitting historians and designers have gone out of their way to remedy that.

I first saw this book on interweave and tried to "pre-order" it but was told it was "US only" but no reason why, it would be helpful to the author if Interweave could put something like "see UK edition for the rest of the world." I went and looked it up because I thought "US only" was strange and sure enough it was already in print in the UK!

So, I happily ordered it sent here to the Republic of Ireland from Amazon and I am very happy I did so! This book is exactly what it says, a huge catalog of various Scandinavian knitting designs for putting on your home-made ski sweaters, yoke sweaters, mittens, hats, gloves etc.

What it is NOT is a pattern book, though there are a few patterns and suggestions put in the back - this book is for those who want to design their own knitting, and provides a way to do that in a very easy and friendly manner. Designs are easily charted out and counted, so know know if your sweater is 45 inches around, you can use designs with 5 stitches to the inch and be even.

Even beginning knitters should be able to use this book with the smaller designs, I recommend practicing the two handed "one yarn in each hand" for color knitting - it is a bit clumsy at first but whose watching? Once you "get it" using this sort of pattern book is very easy and it becomes like painting your own knitted objects with yarn.

I am so happy to see such a lovely book of traditional patterns and instructions in print - will be telling all the knitters I know about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good designs with Scandinavian theme 11 Sep 2013
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Following on from 200 Fair-Isle Designs, Mary is back with colourful Scandinavian knitting. Some of the designs will strike you as more obviously Scandinavian than others. Actual size swatches are shown together with charts and alternative colourways for the designs. The charts are easy to use. For all levels of knitters used to working with more than one colour of yarn, this is a useful book. Essential techniques are given for those unfamiliar with colour knitting. It includes symbols and motifs, animals, flowers and traditional geometric patterns. You can combine the designs to make your own unique patterns. There are also four projects included for you to make - a cowl, hat, mittens and pincushion. Great for those who like to design their own knitwear.
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I just love this book! I am just starting out in designing my own things and this is a great addition to my collection of stitch dictionaries and reference books.

The book is beautifully laid out and very clear. The first few sections discuss yarn, basic knitting techniques and pointers on planning and designing with these motifs. These sections are brief but very helpful although other books would be useful if you really want to get into the 'knitty' gritty of any of those subjects.

The star of the book is certainly the design directory. Small photos over a few pages give you a sort of table of contents so you can quickly scan the designs, see them next to each other and easily see which page to go to for more detail. The swatches with small motifs usually combine a few into one swatch.
Each of those swatch photos is then shown on a full page with the charts on the opposite page. The charts are wonderful, broken down into black and white grids, and two variations in colour. Each chart makes it very clear how many stitches and rows are involved. Also they are grouped so that motifs with the same or complementary stitch counts are together and this makes combining motifs so easy!

This is such a wonderful book and a must have for anyone looking to design with Scandinavian motifs or to use them to adapt another pattern. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and useful 27 May 2014
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Here you will find a glorious and varied selection of knitting patterns.With graph paper and a pencil you could of course create your own, but its great to have such a talented and diverse designer to refer to . There are loads of variations in here , from the complex and large patterns covering multiple stitches and 30 plus rows to neat little squares using two colours for those learning this handy skill. Fairisle and colour knitting requires some practice before perfection is achieved, but its worth the effort. The patterns in this book run from Viking ships, right through to animals, floral and leaf based patterns, traditional fir tree,crosses, simple chevrons and dancing couples,snowflakes.If you enjoy fairisle and colourwork you will love this for your collection.There a few of patterns at the end of this book, for a hat, mittens,a cowl and a pincushion, this is not a book to buy for traditional nordic garments.At the start of this book there is a helpful section on casting on, tension, planning and designing things and a small tutorial on sizing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift. 26 May 2014
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The recipient of this book is an avid knitter and was really delighted with this specialist book. I am awaiting the arrival of a reindeer motif jumper with some trepidation! An excellent gift for the knitter in your life.
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