Today I’m reviewing 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone.
For those of you who do a lot of Fair Isle and colorwork, you already know about Mary Jane Mucklestone, but for those of you not familiar with this designer, you will soon fall in love with her work and her designs.
150 Scandinavian Motifs is an inspirational collection of favorite
knitted motifs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands. Included in this collection are colorful designs for stars, hearts, flowers, birds and animals, geometric patterns, and more.
Author/Speaker/Editor: Mary Jane Mucklestone
File/Trim Size: 8.75″ x 8.75″
ISBN 13: 9781596688551
Number Of Pages: 160
This new knitter’s directory is a follow up to the 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory that was introduced in 2011 and is a must have for every knitter’s library.
So Let’s explore!
Essential Skills – in this chapter you will explore the skills needed to knit Scandinavian motifs, including the use of circular needles, stranding, steeking and how apply motifs to projects. This chapter is designed to give the knitter confidence in tackling Fair Isle designs, as well as reviewing types of yarns, other equipment needed, gauge, casting on methods that include photos of each method, using colors, a review of traditional garments, increasing and decreasing, blocking and finishing and lastly, how to plan your project.
Motif Directory – This directory starts by showing motifs side by side. This colorful visual comparison of motifs is very inspiring. Each motif is portrayed in an actual size photograph, a black and white chart, a color chart and a color variation chart. Motifs include stars, flowers, geometric patterns, hearts, birds and animals.
In addition to the collection of motifs, you will find projects to knit. Learn how to make a Blossom Pincushion using only two colors of yarn and a very simple flower design. You will also learn how to make a pair of traditional mittens using three colors, a Reindeer Hat knitted using two colors and toped with traditional snowflakes, and a super easy Geometric Cowl that is the perfect introduction to Scandinavian color-work with an easy to memorize stitch pattern.
Here’s a few designs to inspire you!
About the author: Mary Jane Mucklestone is the author of two new books featuring colorwork; Fair Isle Style, a contemporary collection of 20 designs from 18 popular designers, and the colorwork stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs. Her first book, 200 Fair Isle Motifs,was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages. Mary Jane travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and to learn more about the history of the craft. She’s a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She feels lucky to be invited to teach all over the world, eager to share knitting knowledge with her students. She aims to give students the courage to try something new! Mary Jane’s inventive handknitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her website, MaryJaneMucklestone.com.
Disclaimer: This copy was provided by Interweave Press for review and the above opinions are my own