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Knitting Out of Africa: Inspired Sweater Designs [Paperback]

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Beautiful and historic African carpets, baskets, and other textiles provide the design inspiration for these 16 sophisticated knitted cardigans, pullovers, and sweater vests. Intended for seasoned knitters, these projects use domino, double knitting, entrelac, intarsia, and stranded two-color techniques worked in fingering-weight yarns. The Shoowa Vest, the African Domino Pullover, and the Arrowheads Cropped Pullover show off fancy stitching, while other designs feature colors borrowed from the mud-dried fabrics of Mali, the block patterns of Ghana, or motifs from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire, and Zimbabwe. African animals decorate the Giraffe Vest and Zebra Cardigan, and elsewhere leaping antelope and birds in flight are used in repeating patterns. Full instructions and charted patterns for at least two adult sizes are provided for each design and high-quality photographs of the finished pieces showcase these classic additions to any wardrobe.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.18" Width: 8.66" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499985  
ISBN13  9781931499989  

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More About Marianne Isager

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marianne Isager is the author of "Classic Knits", "Japanese Inspired Knits", and "Knitting out of Africa". She is a textile artist whose knit garments are sold throughout Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. She has had numerous exhibitions of her work in Europe as well as in Japan and the United States and has taught at design and craft schools.

Marianne Isager was born in 1954.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Knitting Out of Africa: Inspired Sweater Designs?

Disappointed  Jan 15, 2008
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.
beautiful designs  Dec 4, 2007
The designs in this book are truely gorgeous and though the patterns are well written, I would strongly recommend reading through very thoroughly before embarking on any of the projects. My only issues with the book are first, a small one, and that is that the lengths of the sweaters are not given in the overall Materials/Guage/Measurements section before the instructions and secondly, as another reviewer has written, so many of the sweaters require steeks. I understand the appeal of steeks but don't exactly love them myself nor did I think they were necessary for a lot of the sweaters. Also, not all of the sweaters were shown on models and that's something I think is really necessary to get a feel for how it hangs and looks on a real person - or even a mannequin. I would have given the book of five star rating if there were fewer steeks or alternatives to using the steeks. Otherwise, it's a lovely book even if you're only going to look at the patterns and imagine wearing them.
Gorgeous modern pattern knitting for the experienced knitter  Mar 16, 2006
"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.
Fingering weight yarn dreams but.....there be steeks!  Mar 14, 2006
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!
Inspiring ideas for the advanced knitter  Mar 1, 2006
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.

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