Marianne Isager is a well loved and respected knitwear designer and creator of Isager yarns. Her daughter Helga follows in her footsteps with the popular Amimono books, named for the Japanese word for "knit fabric." Each stunning volume presents a collection of fashion forward designs using Isager yarns. We have created kits for a few of our favorites... as you can see, it was hard to narrow them down!
SSK (Slip, Slip, Knit) is a sweetly feminine blouse knit in Japansk Bomuld and Silk Mohair. The combination is crisp and airy, but with a delicate halo that fills in the decorative eyelet detailing. Many patterns in this book do not give bust measurements, as American patterns do; use the hem and wingspan to determine your size.
One of the things that makes this book so unique is the approach to swatching. Sure, we know we should always swatch... but for these designs, swatching goes beyond just gauge. Each design includes swatching instructions that actually teach you the techniques used in the garment. Cables? Short Rows? Brioche? Learn them on a swatch that then can be measured directly against the life-size swatch photograph. If your swatch lines up, time to cast on your sweater! If not, try adjusting your needle size... plus you get more practice on the techniques.
The B (Brioche) Jacket is one of the few patterns in the book to be labeled for "experienced" knitters, but Helga points out that is not because brioche is difficult, but rather because picking up dropped stitches in Brioche can be difficult. We think an intermediate knitter would be able to tackle this asymmetrical statement piece, which would look equally lovely in a pale neutral or a bold color.
Knit from sleeve cuff to sleeve cuff, C6 (Cable 6) incorporates several design elements to create this captivating look. Of course, there are the three bold cables that run the length of the wingspan, but additionally there is the picked up hem in a complementary yarn, and the rich texture created by holding 2 yarns together in reverse stockinette stitch.
This basic K (Knit) pullover is elevated by the combination of yarns, Isager Spinni and Silk Mohair, as well as by the clean and simple shaping. The subtle high-lo hem, the visible seams, and the short row shoulders all give an updated silhouette to this classic style.