Knitting from Fair Isle

Knitting from Fair Isle : 20 Contemporary Designs Inspired by Tradition

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For this captivating collection of 20 beautiful patterns, knit designer Mati Ventrillon drew her inspiration from the colorful designs that were created by the women of Fair Isle more than two centuries ago. Mati's original interpretations of the traditional craft have appeared on the Chanel catwalk -- and they can appear in your wardrobe, too, and those of your lucky friends.
Written for experienced knitters, this vibrant guide features projects that range from contemporary versions of sweaters, scarves, and fingerless gloves to a poncho and traditional fishermen's hats. In addition to her step-by-step instructions, Mari includes expert tips on yarns and finishing along with pointers on experimenting with colors and backgrounds. She also presents the real-life stories of women who knitted Fair Isle masterpieces as well as striking photography that portrays the remote Scottish island where this distinctive craft originated. Knitting from Fair Isle blends the practicality of a how-to book with the allure of a travelogue and a journey of self-discovery.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 191 x 235mm | 567g
  • English
  • 0486842061
  • 9780486842066
  • 158,461

About Mati Ventrillon

Mati Ventrillon trained as an architect and lived in London until 2007, when she moved to Fair Isle. She joined the Fair Isle Crafts Cooperative, whose mission was to pass the art of Fair Isle knitting from one generation to the next. Mati grew to love the knit so much that she decided to launch her own knitwear designs business, continuing in her own way hundreds of years of Fair Isle tradition. Her work is inspired by history, but crafted for life; Mati loves to use her own interpretation of colors and pattern arrangement. She lives in Scotland, on Fair Isle's far southwestern corner.
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