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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Tutto a Mano

A knitting friend recently gave me a copy of this very special knitting book: Tutto a Mano.

It is special because it features two of my all-time favourite knitting designers: Marion Foale and Marianne Isager. I have written about Marion Foale before and have all of Marianne Isager's books, too.

Both of these designers have a strong fashion sense and know garment construction intimately. Marion Foale, after all, was part of the vibrant Carnaby Street fashion scenen in the 1960's and has been designing fashions ever since.

Marianne Isager also has a remarkable knowledge of knitting practice. She can marry stitch and construction like no one else. I continue to be mesmerized by her classic designs that spell style as well as function.

Her short jacket is an exampe of this:
As is her "Rendemaske Scarf" which incorporates a dropped stitch to create a openwaork pattern while using three different colours of yarn.
The yarn featured in many of the projects are from the Isager or Foale yarn lines. They are classic, largely wool-based yarns in carefully chosen colours. Tutto Santa Fe yarn shop commissioned this book as a way to introduce these yarns to a North American audience.

Marion Foale's design is her very popular "Lucy Wrap" from her first magazine and reproduced in this book. Exquisite, delicate elegance. The yarn and the knitting stitch say it all--with a few short rows thrown in to create the gentle curving border.
Marion Foale and Ali McGraw met for this photo shoot. The cap Ali is wearing is also Marion's design, especially designed for the Wildlife Emergency Repsonse Fund which is a cause that Ali promotes.
Other designers are included in the book. One of them is Grace Anna Farrow . Here is her intruiguing "Switchback Scarf" which uses Isager Silk/Stainless Steel yarn as well as wool and alpaca.
And then there is this stunning "Black and White Jacket", all worked in strips, by Carol Lapin.
I have seen many of Carol's designs when she was designing for the Simply Shetland series. And every one of them has been outstanding.

This is just a tase of what is in this book. There are more sweaters, vests, scarves, and even socks by several other designers, too.

I am so pleased that I have my own copy.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 02/07 at 09:31 AM
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