Review: Japanese Inspired Knits

Japanese inspired knits 9781596681149 by Marianne Isager has 12 patterns in it, one for each month. The author is Danish and she was inspired when living in Japan, as the title indicates. The patterns use fine yarn – often doubled, often a mix of wool and alpaca. It is all yarn in her line. Even with the doubling the needles tend to be small – size 2 is the most common but 4 and 6 are also used. Many of the patterns also teach a more advanced technique, such as double knitting. Because the yarns are fine, she is able to work in a lot of detail in garments that still drape and flow. Several of the construction shapes, such as the fan are unusual. In other cases the stitch patterns work with the colors for interesting effects, such as rice fields. I really like this book and it is now on my list to buy.

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