Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects

Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects is a rich and varied collection of patterns  inspired by traditional handknitted artifacts from the Textile Museum in Blönduós, Iceland. More than just a book of knitting, it  is infused with bits of Icelandic folklore and culture, vintage photographs, and classic Icelandic recipes.  

Hardcover, 22 x 26 cm, 144 pages, Voyageur Press, St Paul Minnesota

Price: 30 $ (US) 
Available for sale worldwide: order it from your local LYS or buy it online. 

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"Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects"  is a rich and varied collection of patterns for folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, sweaters, shoe inserts, and more, all inspired by traditional handknitted artifacts from the Textile Museum in Blönduós, Iceland. Iceland boasts a rich heritage of knitting; thanks in equal parts to the island’s special wool, the harsh climate, and the need to battle the elements, Icelandic knitters have developed unique traditions of needlework techniques and handknit styles. In the pages of this book, Icelandic designer Hélène Magnússon delivers an array of beautiful patterns that reflect the depth of the country’sknitting traditions. You’ll appreciate the fully illustrated techniques section, the ample color photographs, and the detailed list of resources for Icelandic and Scandinavian knitting. More than just a book of knitting, this book is infused with bits of Icelandic folklore and culture, vintage photographs, and classic Icelandic recipes. Magnússon believes that the best way to preserve traditions is to continue using them, giving them new life. And with this definitive collection of patterns, she has done just that. 

Designs from the book exhibited at the Textile Museum: Summer temporary exhibition 2013 May 26th- August 31st then through the autumn on demand.
Travel to Iceland:an inspiring  knitting holiday focusing on the Icelandic traditions as seen in the book - Hélène shares her inspiration

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Book reviews online:

Knitty.com : "A beautiful travelogue, history lesson and knitting journey rolled into one book." 

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