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Icelandic Knitting: Using Rose Patterns Paperback – Feb 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press (Feb. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483112
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Explores the history of the knitted insert."  —Knitter's Review

"When is a knitting book not just a knitting book? When it contains fascinating information about something else, in this case a little-known aspect of Icelandic folk culture"  —

"Hélène Magnússon takes us on a guided tour of techniques and patterns traditionally used in Icelandic knitting."  —Simply Knitting

"26 patterns, including ones for berets, sweaters and blankets."  —Knit Today

"A colourful and inspiring book with the most detailed and well-illustrated instructions for intarsia work that I have come across."  —SlipKnot

About the Author

Hélène Magnússon is a freelance writer who graduated from the department of textile and fashion design of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2004.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Photos and History of Icelandic Knitting Feb. 15 2009
By Fairbanks Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found this book a fascinating history of Icelandic knitting. Most of the book focuses on the historical Icelandic tradition of knitting shoe inserts. The photos of the shoe inserts throughout the first part of the book are especially interesting. They are also very beautiful. So much lovely knitting going under the foot where no one can see it! The knitting of inserts is a labor of love.

There is also a nice section on the techniques of Icelandic knitting such as band weave edging (slynging) and Swiss darning. The patterns, however, are another story. There are only a few I would consider knitting, mostly for children. Some of the adult patterns are a bit off the wall. Think Bjork!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fine gathering packed with color photos and keys to unusual projects Jan. 18 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Icelandic Knitting Using Rose Patterns is a unique 'must' for any library strong in knitting directions. It provides a survey of rose-pattern knitting in Iceland, covering the basics of how to apply traditional Icelandic knitting techniques to a range of projects from sweaters to baby hats. Any collection catering to knitters will find this a fine gathering packed with color photos and keys to unusual projects.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Traditional and Modern Uses of Icelandic Patterns Oct. 13 2014
By Mrs. Crackers - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love Helene Magnusson's work. I had the pleasure to meet her in Reykjavik recently and she is lovely. I had purchased her book prior to my trip (Icelandic Handknits) among several books on textile arts in Iceland. Hers was superior to others. I purchased this one when I returned and I was not disappointed. She takes traditional Icelandic patterns and, in addition to providing information on traditional uses, reinterprets them for more modern uses. This is a beautiful book with really useful contents.
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Rich history and source of information Feb. 17 2012
By MOB Knitter - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book. The first half is a scholarly yet interesting and accessible account of traditional Icelandic knitted shoe inserts. The second half applies the unique traditional patterns and simple techniques in a variety of knitting patterns. Gorgeous and well produced images. I love it!
Good resource April 4 2013
By Nathanne Verner - Published on
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I got this book so I could make the baby blanket on the cover. It uses garter stitch intarsia so I needed the tutorial to learn how to do this. The author gives a very thorough explanation with pictures showing how to do this. The other designs in the book are unique and wonderful for children's sweaters and hats.

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