New Favorites: from The Artisan

New Favorites: from The Artisan

You guys know how much I’ve loved some of Helga Isager’s past collections (2012, 2013, 2014), and when the images from her new book, The Artisan, started showing up on the Internet, I knew I was not only going to be saving a ton of them at Ravelry for later, but that I would want to stock this one in the shop. It arrived last night (the English version) and I swear I almost slept with it under my pillow, hoping I could wake up inside of it. The whole thing is incredible, but my top picks are:

TOP: Pearls – an allover diagonal-stitch pullover

BOTTOM LEFT: Birch – a cozy slouchy cocoon cardigan

BOTTOM RIGHT: Twine – a fuzzy little cabled turtleneck

You can see the whole pattern set at Ravelry and pick up a copy of the book at Fringe Supply Co.!

p.s. If you’ve had your eye on the black Field Bag, please be aware it’s now in limited supply, so get it while they last!


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New Favorites: Helga does it again

New Favorites: Helga does it again

My lack of Pinterest time is showing. How else to explain that Helga Isager released a new collection of knitting patterns in December and I’m just now seeing it? The Map Collection doesn’t quite leave me feeling faint like some of her previous designs have, but it’s great stuff nonetheless. It’s very ’80s — some of it maybe a little too ’80s for my comfort — but I am in want with these four pieces.

Top to bottom: The Normandy Sweater, Shetland Cowl, Siberia Anorak (love those pockets, not sure about the funnel neck), and Himalaya Sweater.

You can browse through the whole collection on her site. Doesn’t look like it’s been printed in English yet, but there’s cause for hope.


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: A bit of mesh

Reasonably close approximations of that Souchi sweater we all long for

knit your own souchi sweater pattern options

To tell you the truth, I whimper a lot when I’m scrolling through my Pinterest feed. Not in general, mind you, just every time this sublime Souchi cashmere sweater appears. Which is multiple times a day, for weeks now. I’ve seriously never seen an image so widely repinned. If I had the money, and if it weren’t sold out, I would not be inclined to knit my own. It’s so perfect, exactly as is, and I’d want the designer to have the money. Alas, I don’t have the dough and it does appear to be sold out. And clearly I’m not the only one longing for it. So, spurred by exchanges elsewhere with Louhie and MJK, I’m here with suggestions for knitting a very close approximation of your own:

1. The image that sprang to mind when I first saw this was Helga Isager’s pattern Lemon, from the Amimono Knit Collection 2010. It’s different — slightly different shape, different details — but I wouldn’t even tamper. Just go with it! Maybe make a bigger size than you would have, so it’s just that much wider. Substitute cashmere if you can.

2. Another option is Tokuko Ochiai’s Deep Forest. Lovely as is, but to make it more like the Souchi, you could omit the cables and even the neck shaping and edging. And finish off the arms several inches sooner than the pattern calls for, leaving larger, less tapered arm openings. Again: Do it in grey. Cashmere if you can.

3. Then there’s Cirilia Rose’s cute and adaptable Espenson, which is knitted from side to side. To get something closer to the Souchi’s shape (and ignoring the color-change bits, working in classic grey instead), you could shorten the rows, to get a more cropped length in the end. Leave out the neck shaping, or shape the front just like the back. And instead of working the edging as noted, which becomes the ribbish waistband, work entirely in stockinette. Once the sides are seamed together, pick up stitches all the way around the hemline and rib for a few inches.

If you happen to know of something even closer, please chime in!


New Favorites: Helga Isager’s birds

helga isager amimono 4 robin raven sweater knitting patterns

Meg was kind enough to enlighten me (in the comments here) about Danish designer Helga Isager and her Amimono series of pattern books, available in the US. I haven’t yet seen any of them in person, but a new one has been popping up all over my Internet trail this week, and it’s more of the loveliness. Amimono book 4 is titled The Bird Collection and includes seven designs for women and six for kids. Above are my favorites, Robin and Raven, plus Swallow, below. Do you think that’s Helga herself in the pics?

helga isager amimono 4 swallow sweater knitting pattern