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Handcraft by Isager

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  • New book from Isager: Handcraft is a cooporation between Helga Jóna Thórunnarsdóttir and Helga Isager.

    This knitting book has one basic pattern for finger gloves and one for mittens, but various knitting patterns and different edgings.

    Beautiful drawings done by Japanese illustrator Toshiko Koikegami demonstrate the techniques used in the book.

    ”The idea for ‘Handcraft’ arose from our shared passion for techniques and details. We have taught knitting classes together for several years and approach our craft with the same meticulous care.

    "A design can often be improved so the stitches lie perfectly, or maybe a few extra stitches need to be knitted to create a perfect edging. We may be the only ones to notice the difference, but the deep satisfaction that comes with creating a finished piece of craftsmanship drives us both in our work, ultimately guaranteeing that the sweater or scarf will have years of use.

    "We wanted to produce a book featuring a collection of some of our favourite techniques and designs. We realised that gloves and mittens were a good choice, because so many techniques go into knitting these small items. Gloves have essentially had the same shape for centuries, because they have to fit the curves of the human hand.

    "Our idea was to write a classic book for knitters to use as a mini reference work whenever they need to refresh a certain technique – whether for knitting a mitten or a sweater.”

  • Paperback:
    112 pages

    Dimensions:
    23 x 27 x 0.9 cm

    Publisher:
    Isager Aps (2021)

  • The Danish company Isager has since 1977 been supplying patterns and quality yarns made from natural fibres, both known and loved by knitters the world over. The yarns and patterns are sold in selected shops in Denmark and internationally. The founder of Isager, Marianne Isager, and her daughter and co owner of the company Helga Isager, are behind a line of popular knitting books.

     With her brand Amimono, Helga Isager has since 2005 been part of renewing knitting both as a craft and as a fashion phenomenon. Her ability to place traditional knitting techniques in a contemporary context paired with her curious exploration of the never ending possibilities hidden in a ball of yarn and a set of knitting needles, has evoked a response particularly with the younger audience. Throughout the years Helga Isager has given numerous classes in both Denmark and Sweden, just as she has worked as a guest teacher at Skals – Højskolen for Design og Håndarbejde.

    Helga Isager is the author of several knitting books published in both Denmark and internationally. In 2013 the Swedish publishers Natur & Kultur (Nature & Culture) published her book Finstickat. Today the book is translated into several languages.

    www.amimono.dk

    Marianne Isager has, throughout the last 40 years, been at the forefront of Danish knit design, and through her extensive production of patterns and books she has been instrumental in maintaining the continuous development of the old craft. Marianne Isager is also known for her instructive courses, lectures, her numerous exhibitions and classes and her workshop business. The former often have their background in her inspirational travels to Latin America, Asia and Africa, and in her work as an NGO in countries as different as Peru, Nepal and Greenland. In addition to this Marianne Isager is the author of a string of inspiring knitting books, published both in Denmark and internationally.

    Today Marianne Isager lives half of the year in Japan, where she resides in Tokyo. The other half she spends in Tversted, the area in North Jutland where she grew up. Here she also runs her popular summer workshops.