Posted by Rachel Westall on 26 January 2023
Europe’s hippest textile genius throws the rulebook out the window with a knitting book like never before. Tired of dowdy knitting patterns? Bored of videos made by traditionalists with no sense of fun? Freaked out by complicated instructions that leave no room for mistakes? Do you want to learn to knit fur? How about some funky patterns for children‘s clothes that kids will love? Well, Lærke Bagger is here for you.
Known for her exuberant use of color and textures, this young textile artist is rapidly gaining a fanatical worldwide following. In this unique guide, she offers advice for knitters of every level, as well as fifteen basic patterns that can be varied infinitely to suit individual skill sets, tastes, and materials. There are illustrated instructions for making socks, scarves and sweaters—but you'll also find ideas for creating babysuits, scrunchies, T-shirts and even a prom dress. In addition to eschewing perfection, the Lærke Bagger technique involves tying knots instead of sewing the ends of yarn, recycling every inch of wool, and letting mistakes be a part of the design. With names like the Carpe Diem Sweater, the Bad Idea Top and the Easy Peasy Pillow, her knits are easily translated to fit whatever mood you're in. Along the way, Lærke Bagger dispenses pearls of wisdom for living in today's hectic world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LÆRKE BAGGER holds a Masters degree in Textile Design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 2020, she was nominated for "Newcomer of the Year" in the prestigious Elle Style Awards. During the first Covid lockdown, her free knitting project, the Alone Together Sweater, was shared and downloaded by thousands all over the world. She lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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