The book preserves old Icelandic knitting tradition that had almost been lost. First half of the book is a study of traditionnal rose-pattern insert knitting in Iceland. Inserts or rose-pattern inserts are knitted insoles that were worn in soft shoes made of fishskin or sheepskin. Second half are contemporary designs all based of old shoe-inserts. The author has tried to remain true to the original color schemes of the inserts she chose, and the traditionnal methods used in making them (Icelandic intarsia, i.e. intarsia knitting with garter stitch).
The book is available in Icelandic, English and Russian (soon). A French text-only version is also available for sale on my website www.helenemagnusson.com. La version française, Le Tricot jacquard islandais ou le renouveau de la semelle tricotée islandaise, est à télécharger sur mon site www.helenemagnusson.com (texte seulement sans photos ni graphiques).
“The book is a review of the history of traditionnal rose-pattern insert knitting in Iceland and the methods used in making shoe inserts. Inserts or rose-pattern inserts are knitted insoles that were worn in soft shoes made of fishskin or sheepskin for comfort and decoration. They were knitted with Icelandic intarsia, i.e. intarsia knitting in garter stitch. The book preserves old, uniquely Icelandic knowledge that has almost been lost and suggests ways in which to use these techniques in contemporary design. The work is based on a professionnal study of a handiwork heritage, which the author interprets with great respect and develops in refresingly innovayive ways.”