Monday, July 20, 2009

Book Review & Giveaway! - Classic Knits:Marianne Isager Collection

Book Title: Classic Knits: Marianne Isager Collection
Publisher: Interweave Press
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59668-115-6
Craft: Knitting
Approx. Price: $24.95
Length: 182 Pages
Number of Patterns: 21
Pattern Presentation: Written and Charts
Difficulty of Patterns: Advanced - Intermediate Knitting

Classic Knits: Marianne Isager Collection is a book of knitwear designed by traditional Danish designer, Marianne Isager. Not only a pattern book, it's a resource of knitting techniques utilized in Isager's patterns. Isager blends classic knitwear looks with modern accents to provide garments that are as timeless and functional as they are beautiful. With patterns for every member of the family, this book is sure to become a staple in any knitter's library.

Some of the features I enjoyed most about this book were:
  • Isager's attention to the small details. Some of her patterns might seem plain upon first glance. But upon further investigation, one would note the small details which make the garment 'pop' but keep it classic as well.
  • Isager designs garments that have minimal finishing - a plus for a busy knitter. (Or someone like myself who hates the finishing part.)
  • She includes explanations of some of the knitting techniques used in her patterns such as color stranding, double knitting, slip stitch, and herringbone
  • She includes a picture of each gauge swatch. (I was immensely impressed by this.)
  • The full-color pictures are gorgeous and really highlight the design of each garment.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading through this book. Unfortunately for me, Interweave Press has only sent me one copy of this book.. As promised I will give this book away on my Stitch & Dish Web Show. (I rather wish I had gotten to keep this gem!) So please be sure to tune in to the July 24th episode as I pick a random winner from the show's chatroom.



  1. Hi Knitpurlgurl! I am currently knitting an Isager scarf and using her yarn. You are correct in saying that it's the little details that go into her designs that are the real catch. Love it.

  2. am i too late to enter? i luv knitting books!


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