Family Album - Kaffe Fassett and Zoe Hunt
Few creative knitters can be unaware of the tremendous impact designer Kaffe Fassett has made on the world of knitting. Lectures, exhibitions, a television series and, above all, his hugely successful first book Glorious Knitting have brought his brilliant and colourful ideas to a wide audience and convinced them that they too can be creative.
Fellow designer Zoe' Hunt, who has worked with Kaffe for the last eleven years, suggested that they might now turn their attention to children's clothes. Kaffe loved the idea,
and the result is Family Album, in which Zoe emerges from the backroom to share the credit for a stunning new collection of knitted garments that ranges from jumpsuits and skirts to jackets and sweaters for everyone, from the youngest member of the family to the oldest.
The 33 basic patterns are grouped according to their motifs, which include squares and plaids, circles and dots, flowers and bows, and many more. Each chapter has a characteristically enthusiastic introduction by Kaffe in which he reveals the inspiration for each design and gives advice on how to make a better finished garment. Almost 80 variations on the basic patterns are illustrated in over 200 joyful photographs by Steve Lovi. The garments were shot in settings which provide a blazing feast of colour, in locations as far apart as New Hampshire, Key West, Morocco and Kew Gardens.
Although Zoe has introduced some gorgeously coloured cables, the majority of designs are knitted in stocking stitch and are well within the capabilities of the average knitter. The four-colour charts, which accompany the patterns, are sized wherever possible for a range of different ages, and many of the patterns are available in kit form.
Family Album presents a dazzling design partnership that revels in a subtle and exciting use of colour and texture. The easily accessible ideas offer everyone a chance to share in the creative process and produce decorative clothes that could become collectors' items or treasured family heirlooms.
ISBN 0 7126 2933 5