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Sasha Kagan's country inspiration : knitwear for all seasons
Kagan, Sasha.
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT Taunton Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
170 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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TT825 .K3284 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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For ideas for her latest book on knitwear, Sasha Kagan looked to the Welsh countryside where she lives with her family. And nature was obliging indeed, judging from the lovely designs in Sasha Kagan's Country Inspiration.

A leading knitwear designer with an international reputation, Kagan uses leaves and flowers as the basis for creating a variety of garments and home decor items. This classic collection includes her trademark sweaters, as well as throws, pillows, and bedcovers. The process is made easier and more fun with simple, full-color graphs for each of the book's 40 projects, and the patterns elegantly showcase the author's unerring sense of color and style.

Author Notes

Sasha Kagan lives in rural mid-Wales and has been designing knitwear for her company, Sasha Kagan Knitwear, for more than 20 years. She is dedicated to the promotion and revival of hand-knitting through her workshops and seminars.

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Booklist Review

British knitwear designer Kagan is known for her lush, intricate patterns, and this gorgeous oversize book features 45 of them. Most of the patterns are for sweaters, but there are also throws, caps, and coats. Kagan takes her inspiration from the Welsh countryside where she lives. The knitwear is grouped by topics such as roses, autumn leaves, meadow flowers, and forest fruits. These themes are carried out beautifully, but Kagan's patterns are not for the faint-hearted knitter, since nearly all of her knits use the intricate technique called intarsia, in which a separate ball of yarn is used for each block of color. For those without the time or talent--but with the money--all the designs can be ordered custom-knit. --Ilene Cooper

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 2
How to use This Bookp. 3
Victorian Rose Peplump. 8
Victorian Rose Edge-to-Edge Jacketp. 12
Rose Rib Turtleneck Sweaterp. 15
Paisley Rose Jacketp. 18
Paisley Rose Throwp. 21
Rosebud Cropped Topp. 23
Flemish Rose Bedcoverp. 26
Flemish Rose V-Neck Jacketp. 29
Gypsy Rose Coatp. 31
Gypsy Rose Throwp. 35
Wild Rose Topp. 38
Cable Rose Round-Neck Cardiganp. 41
Autumn Leaves
October Leaves Throwp. 46
October Leaves Bolsterp. 49
Ash Kimonop. 51
Leafy Waistcoatp. 55
Ivy Coat with Hoodp. 59
Dancing Leaves Blouson Jacketp. 63
Leaf Chain Jacketp. 67
Maple Coat with Hoodp. 70
Meadow Flowers
Elderflowers Shirtp. 76
Pansy Chain Coatp. 80
Cornfield Crew-Neck Sweater
Wildflower Cardiganp. 87
Violets Ballet Cardiganp. 90
Forget-Me-Not V-Neck Sweaterp. 93
Garlands Round-Neck Cardiganp. 96
Forest Fruits
Rosehip Shawl-Collar Jacketp. 102
Rosehip Tam-o'-Shanterp. 106
Hawthorn Berries Jacketp. 108
Hawthorn Berries Throwp. 112
Rowanberry Cropped Jacketp. 114
Blackberry Log Cabin Quiltp. 118
Horse Chestnut Jacketp. 122
Horse Chestnut Cloche Capp. 125
Hazelnut Throwp. 126
Sloeberries Chunky Jacketp. 131
Sloeberries Hatp. 136
Cottage Garden
Pussy Willow Crew-Neck Sweaterp. 140
Iris Round-Neck Cardiganp. 144
Sweet William V-Neck Jacketp. 148
Poppy Cushion Coverp. 152
Lattice Flower Sweaterp. 155
Anemone Wide-Neck Crewp. 159
Patchwork Flowers Bedcoverp. 163
Tasselsp. 168
Fringesp. 168
Pompomsp. 168
Bobblesp. 169
Twisted Ribp. 169
Twisted Stitchesp. 169
Garter Stitchp. 169
Seed Stitch/Moss Stitchp. 169
Seams: Mattress Stitchp. 169
Resourcesp. 170