The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia


Happit by Kate Davies


Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook by Felicity Ford


Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Playbook by Felicity Ford


Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters


Jamieson & Smith: A Shetland Story


In Search of the Worlds Finest Wools


Whalsay Fair Isle Knitting Through the Decades


Shetland Oo


A Year of Techniques by Arnall Culliford Knitwear


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The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia

Haapsalu, a small resort town on the west coast of Estonia, is famous for its 13th-century castle ruins, curative mud baths, and the legend of the White Lady. About the same amount of recognition has been brought to Haapsalu by its hand-knit lacy scarves and shawls. The skill has been handed down from mother to daughter, from one master knitter to another, for one and half centuries. This book has captured the secrets of the Haapsalu shawl and there is nothing left but hope that you will be encouraged to try out lace knitting.

 

A glorious, coffee-table size book of knitted lace, Estonia and a binding love between the two. Not a simple pattern book, and certainly not just a project book, but a time capsule into a far off world where the soul of a people is captured in the hands that guide the needles to create the indigenous patterns of a rich heritage. The photography capturing this world is rich and the drawings and charts make the techniques and the 100 plus patterns close to a hands-on learning experience.

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Happit by Kate Davies

Kate Davies introduces you to five of her favourite wrap and hap designs. Exploring a range of different knitting techniques from simple lace to colourwork, each pattern has been carefully created with easy-to-follow directions (including charted and written instructions where relevant) and each design offers a characteristic combination of straightforward knitting together with stylish results. Accompanied by two essays by Kate, and stunning photography by Tom Barr, take your choice from the patterns on offer in this book and you are sure to be well happit.

Featuring: Ottar Hap; Funchal Moebius; A Hap for Harriet; Betty Mouat Cowl; Fantoosh.

Plus: The Remarkable Tale of Betty Mouat

Print book plus complimentary digital download. 

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Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook by Felicity Ford

Design your own stranded colourwork with the KNITSONIK System. In this inspiring book, artist and designer, Felicity Ford shows you how to translate ordinary subjects into extraordinary stranded colourwork with her playful and inventive KNITSONIK system. Discover how to find inspiration in daily life, pick yarn shades based on things you love, and recreate the richness of the world around you through clever shading.

Containing twelve case studies and three accessory patterns, the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook offers a wealth of tips, tricks and inspiration for you to take your stranded colourwork knitting to the next level. Beautifully photographed and clearly illustrated throughout, this book reveals how everything from factories to fruitcake can be used to inspire knitting projects based on the things, places and plants that you love.

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Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Playbook by Felicity Ford

The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook is the exciting sequel to the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook. The playbook offers inspiring opportunities for applying patterns found in daily life to celebratory hand knits. In its pages you’ll learn how to draft your own knitted correspondence; to produce stranded colourwork bunting with your friends; to translate the textures of your town into a cowl; to experiment with scale and proportion when working with motifs; and to adapt and create a stunning shawl that will cover your shoulders with rounds of hand-picked flowers. Featuring the voices and ideas of many friends from the community of knitters who already enjoy working with the KNITSONIK system, this collection is full of fun, friendship, and designs that invite you to play.

The projects contained in the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook each include sumptuous photographs, drawings and notes. This enriching extra content enables you to easily customise each pattern to reflect your unique sense of style, and the things and places that matter to you.

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Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters

Share the joy of Fair Isle knitting with members of the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers as they showcase 15 patterns for you to create. The patterns were designed by Fair Isle knitters resident in Shetland who are true masters of the craft. by sharing their knowledge and experience perhaps some of the mastery can rub off on you!

 

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Jamieson & Smith: A Shetland Story

Shetland textiles have for centuries been loved and admired across the globe. With our characterful sheep and instantly recognisable styles of Fair Isle and Shetland Lace knitting, the Shetland islands have long been associated with a thriving local wool industry. At the heart of this industry is Jamieson & Smith, Shetland Woolbrokers, who have been buying and selling Real Shetland Wool since the 1930s. Today, Jamieson & Smith is run by a skilled and passionate team who continue to build on the company’s proud legacy. Inside this book, you’ll find out about the people who founded, built and sustained the Shetland Woolbrokers, and discover the history of this world-famous textile brand. To celebrate both our heritage and our future, we’ve commissioned ten handknit designs. Drawing on the distinctive legacies of Shetland Lace and Fair Isle knitting, worked in our yarns, and photographed right here in Shetland, these signature handknits unite the story of Shetland wool together with the rich textile heritage of the islands.

Designs from:

Sandra Manson

Kharis Leggate

Ella Gordon

Mary Henderson

Gudrun Johnston

Mary Jane Mucklestone

Lesley Smith

 

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In Search of the Worlds Finest Wools

In Search of the World's Finest Wools is a photographic search around the world to find the finest wools available and to meet the dedicated people who care for the animals and harvest the raw wool. From this precious commodity comes the unsurpassed wools used around the world. An ethnographic marriage of stunning imagery and authoritative text, this book reveals the nature of the animals, the lives of the farmers and nomadic shepherds that care for them, and the cultures and traditions that have enriched wool-producing societies for centuries, including the use of wool in traditional costume and for utility. In Search of the World's Finest Wools explores these wool-producing regions: *Greenland - Qiviut, the wool of the musk ox.From the stone age comes the rarest and most precious of all wools, a wool 'so subtle with qualities somewhere between the lustre of silk and the softness of cashmere' and a thermal quality eight times that of sheep's wool; *Mongolia - Cashmere goat wool, a wool of 'incomparable lightness and softness, yet with an unmatched body and warmth' and a domesticated history dating to 9,000 BCE; *Kyrgyzstan - Taewit goat wool, the product of a cross of the Kyrgyz goat with the Orenburg cashmere goat, discovered by the wider world only after the fall of the USSR; *Ladakh - Pashmina goat wool, the 'prince among Oriental wools' produced by goats that prefer life at 16,000 feet (5,000 m); *Scotland - Shetland sheep wool, its fine guard hairs, the product of 250 days of coastal wind and rain, give superior thermal, wind and moisture resistance; *Australia & New Zealand - Merino sheep wool, the finest and 'most noble of all wool breeds', the high-maintenance sheep produces the finest of all wools with a fibre as little as 11 microns in diameter; *South Africa - Mohair goat wool, not as fine as other wools but its structure gives it softness, strength, elasticity (no creases), and unparalleled lustre; *Peru - Vicuna wool, once the exclusive preserve of the Inca emperor, almost hunted to extinction in the 1960s, the 'princess of the Andes' produces wool that outranks Musk ox and cashmere. People have used wool in a surprising number of ways for thousands of years, though primarily to keep warm or protect their skin from the sun. The world's wool-producing societies have deep connections to their animals, and anyone who works with wool holds it in the highest esteem for its beautiful practicality. In Search of the World's Finest Wools is an excellent choice for tailors, knitters, weavers, rug purchasers, travellers and anyone interested in wool crafts, ethnography and culture.

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Whalsay Fair Isle Knitting Through the Decades

This is a small book to commemorate the exhibition at the Whalsay Heritage Centre of Whalsay Fair Isle Knitting through the decades, it contains pictures and descriptions of items featured in the exhibtion. 56 pages, A5 size.

Please Note: this book does not contain patterns for any of the garments shown in the book.

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Shetland Oo

Shetland Oo: Wool, Textiles, Work.

Photography by Tom Barr & words by Kate Davies

Wool—or in Shetlandic, Oo—has for centuries figured centrally in island life. Hardy, colourful, characterful sheep have adapted over millennia to a challenging climate, and Shetlanders have always put their fine fleeces to good use, in beautiful, distinctive textiles ranging from woven tweeds to Fairisle handknits. From croft to creative enterprise, wool remains at the heart of many island industries today, and this collaborative documentary project reveals the many different kinds of work that oo supports. In these pages you’ll meet the fascinating graders, breeders, tanners, artists, designers, knitters, weavers, hand spinners, knitwear manufacturers and retailers, who, in so many different ways, have made their lives in oo. Photographed by Tom Barr, and with accompanying essays and profiles written by Kate Davies, this book is produced in celebration of the vital contemporary work of Shetland wool.

Please note: this book is a documentary project exploring Shetland wool in words and images. It does not contain knitting patterns. 

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A Year of Techniques by Arnall Culliford Knitwear

A Year of Techniques brings you 12 patterns and tutorials to upgrade your knitting skills. With projects from world-class designers accompanied by clear step-wise tutorials and online videos, there's always something new to learn.

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A print copy of A Year of Techniques, as well as a complimentary ebook, which will be delivered digitally. 

Techniques covered in this book are:
  • Afterthought heels and thumbs
  • Garter stitch grafting
  • Helical stripes
  • Intarsia
  • Judy's magic cast on (both for starting closed tubes, and as a provisional cast on)
  • Knitting on a border
  • Mastering dominance in Fair Isle knitting
  • Pinhole cast on (also known as Emily Ocker's circular cast on)
  • Reading cables from charts
  • Short rows
  • Steeks and
  • Turning a heel

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