When I bought the wonderful book ÅLJ by Marianne Isager, I was instantly captivated with this lovely light sweater in blueish color. The book is celebrating the famous Danish knitwear designer Åse Lund Jensen who died way too early in 1977 and left her yarn business to the young and talented Marianne Isager who was only 23 years old at the time. She proved to be very capable as the business is still very successful and now her daughter Helga also works for the company, which is now called Isager.
If you ever encountered Isager yarns, you must have noticed that their colors seem more muted than the average commercial yarn. It is because Åse was deeply inspired by the colors of Danish nature and the Isager company still carries that tradition – the yarns look as if they were dyed naturally. Åse Lund Jensen is celebrated for her educational work and inventive approach to knitwear design. She published several books, that are still relevant – I imagine even more so for Danish knitters.
I really love the patterns in this book and I would like to knit all of them! My only problem is that I would prefer to use Isager yarn for it, and it’s not exactly the cheapest option. I’m sure it’s a very affordable yarn for the Danish, as their currency value is …well… just somewhere else compared to the rest of Europe. After using the Spinni yarn, I can only recommend it though.
The patterns are written in a style I’m not used to all that much. But I found out I can follow it quite well. The pattern style is basically written, with abbreviations. It’s more approximate than row by row. You must count a lot, which I confess I didn’t do all the time and it was a mistake that I had to pay for! When I was finished with front and back, I realized that the underarm measurements don’t match. Needless to say, I had to frog some and next time, count all the rows.
The sweater seemed a little bit small when it was finished, but after hand-washing it the yarn opened up more and I made sure block it to a desired size.
Do you have any experience knitting with Isager Yarn? Do you prefer more muted nature-like colors or vivid ones?
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