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Japanese Inspired Knits Marianne Isager Collection

Marianne Isager blends traditional Scandinavian knitting with a distinctive Japanese influence.

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Inspired by the seasonal festivals and traditions of Japan, Marianne Isager blends traditional Scandinavian knitting with a distinctive Japanese influence in Japanese Inspired Knits. Explore beautiful design elements steeped in folk customs with these patterns created especially for women.

True to the Japanese ideals of high-quality design and materials, Japanese Inspired Knits includes:

  • 12 sweater patterns oriented around the months of the year, such as Sake and Soba, Summer in Tokyo, Rice Fields, Flower Buds, and Stone Garden
  • Patterns featuring double knitting, domino knitting, shadow knitting, lace, cables, entrelac, intarsia, and stranded two-color knitting, all described in detail with clear text and illustrations
  • An illustrated glossary at the end of the book provides additional technical instruction needed for any project
  • And Japanese ideographs that relate to themes that inspired the projects, a Japanese calendar, plus lush travel photography of Japan that will inspire any knitter.

If you're looking for innovative women's wear with new techniques for sweater design or how to gain insight on translating travel inspiration into beautiful knitwear, look no further than Japanese Inspired Knits.

SKU: 09KN06

Author/Speaker/Editor: Marianne Isager

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681149

Number Of Pages: 144

Table of Contents

January - In Japan, the New Year is celebrated shortly before midnight and resolutions are written on wooden plaques decorated with the animal of the year about to be entered.
Stone Garden Jacket - This kimono style jacket includes double knitting and a unique textured pattern that will have you feeling good about your knitting New Year???s resolutions.

February - The first day of spring, celebrated on February 3rd, Japanese welcome a change in season and the fulfillment of good wishes by throwing soybeans out the doors and windows of their home which represents out with the evil, in with the good.
Winter in Tokyo - Learn to knit in entrelac pattern, a method in which blocks rather than rows are worked next to each other, in order to create this fashionable sweater that will keep you warm all through winter.

March - Girls??? Day is celebrated on March 3rd when girls display beautiful Japanese dolls that represent the royal court, and launch small paper boats into the river with their names and misfortunes they wish to avoid.
The Fan - This feminine style sweater displays a delicate fan motif the works out from each sleeve.

April - When the cherry trees blossom throughout Japan, it is an unbelievably beautiful event celebrated with a picnic with family or friends under the trees.
Flower Buds - Knitting the beads on a string pattern adds color to this comfy sweater that has a swing-like silhouette and seed-stitch front edgings.

May - Boys??? Day is celebrated on May 5th where different size wind socks that look like carp hang from houses and trees to symbolize fish swimming upstream, an ability boys are expected to acquire as they grow strong and independent.
The Carp - This cozy sweater knit in gorgeous light blue and cream is made of diagonal strips of mitered squares to add texture and design.

June - In Japan, June is full of rainy weather, umbrellas and rubber boots. If the rain continues, children make little dolls out of white napkins to hang in the windows to stop the bad weather.
The Umbrella - This chevron pattern poncho made from soft wool will keep you warm and in style.

July - Summer is full of festivals including the star festival celebrated on July 7th. According to legend, two stars which are kept apart all year all allowed to meet this day. To bring good luck, people write good wishes on colored strips of paper tied to bamboo.
The Sun - Make two versions of this sweater, one with smaller suns or one with bigger suns and either will remind you of watermelon, cicadas, and festivals that come with July in Japan.

August - The 15th is the day the Japanese commemorate their ancestors by erecting a small alter to offer prayers. Fireworks and dancing accompany the day and families enjoy time together.
Summer in Tokyo - This pattern was inspired by a lovely woven band that borders a home???s tatami mats and the rhomboid motifs are an old Japanese design that symbolizes a waterfall.

September - Many of the late summer festivals are dedicated to wishes for a good fall and are celebrated with lively events in the streets.
Rice Fields - Using contrasting colors that alternate every 2 rows; this fitted sweater zips in the front and has lower panels worked in garter stitch to create unique style.

October - In earlier times, kimonos were dyed with indigo, a natural dyestuff that originated in Asia.
Indigo - Wave and running water designs appear repeatedly in Japanese art because water symbolizes life and warmth. This jacket is worked in one piece

November - Autumn in Japan creates fantastically brilliant colors in the landscape. Nature walks are often taken this time of year to enjoy the scenery.
Maple Leaves - The color of this button-up sweater was inspired by the changing red maple leaves. You can knit the solid-color version or use the intarsia method to knit a fun multi-colored sweater.

December - Japan has an impressive food culture that has influenced the world. Sushi, small morsels of artfully arranged raw fish is extremely popular.
Sake and Soba - The Japanese chef is known for his exquisite preparation of raw materials but also for his arrangement. This long sweater is artfully knit with cables in a soft combination of wool, merino and alpaca.

Seasons Wheel
Japanese Ideograms

About the Author

Marianne Isager was born in Denmark, growing up in northern Jutland among the windswept moors that overlook the North Sea. She graduated from Denmark’s Design School in Copenhagen and over the years has taught at design and crafts schools all over Denmark. Marianne has also joined in projects aimed at teaching groups of knitters living around the world. From sheep-farmer women in southern Greenland to a women group in Kathmandu and the knitting men of Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca, Peru. Marianne has compiled her many journeys and teaching into a series of knitting books inspired from many parts of the world, and more are in the pipeline. The models in her books primarily stem from the different textiles and ceramics of the countries she has visited, but her ideas also flow from nature, everyday objects or even films and fairy tales. Despite these eclectic influences, her patterns still bear the hallmark of the simple Scandinavian style. Marianne Isager enjoys touring the country and holding lectures on her travel experiences and inspiration for her knitting designs. For a big part of the year she lives in Japan, but she is always in her shop / workshop in Tannisby, Denmark during the summertime.

'Fuses European elegance with decidedly non-European patterns and designs influences.... exquisite design from a master artist.'--Cast On Podcast

SKU: 09KN06

Author/Speaker/Editor: Marianne Isager

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681149

Number Of Pages: 144