I am a fan of Marianne Isager's knitting books. I especially love her book, Knitting Out of Africa: Inspired Sweater Designs. I also like the books that Interweave Press chooses to print. Thus, it is no surprise to me that, between the author and the publisher, they have come up with another winning knitting book.
Inca Knits: Designs Inspired by South American Traditions has a lot of information about Peru, traditional tapestries and knits from that country as well as information about other art forms. There is instruction in intarsia, different knitting techniques and helpful notes throughout the book.
The best part of the book, however, are the patterns. So many beautiful patterns, so little time to knit. I was dazzled by the colors and know that I'll be knitting some of these projects soon. I especially love the colorful hats, all in traditional Peruvian style. I was smitten, too, with the Andes Sweater, a lovely intarsia pullover in wine, rose, blue and orange. The men's Fish Sweater is challenging yet beautiful in light and charcoal grey with red highlights. The Inca Child sweater is to die for. It is very colorful with rose, red, yellow, blue and white. Any little girl would love it. The Stars sweater is complex and reminded me of some patterns from Poetry in Stitches - Clothes You Can Knit. The Cats sweater, again in charcoal and light grey but this time with yellow highlights, would be a wonderful gift for any man in your life. The Rainbow sweater would make a lovely gift for a child. It's mainly white with some red, yellow and blue highlights with little braids decorating it. The Inca Jacket is zippered and a project I hope to get to soon. It is complex and not a sweater one can knit while watching television or talking. The men's Indiana sweater is a pullover with a short zipper at the top. In brown, dark blue, wine and cobalt blue, it has a lovely Peruvian motif on the sleeves and body.
I am very impressed with this book and am so glad I purchased it. I think other knitters who are in the intermediate or experienced level will also love it. Thank you Ms. Isager.