Last autumn Helga Isager invited eight talented Danish knitwear designers to contribute to another joint Isager collection. Helga’s starting point was our newly released yarn, Isager Trio 2. In my mood board I collected inspiration from knitted beachwear and underwear from the 1930s and 40s, as well as inspiration from the theme ‘sand’ and its beautiful and diverse structures.
All designers involved made a common brainstorm and with its associations to summer and beach life we found that the name Breeze was perfect for the collection. Furthermore, it describes the yarn, Trio 2 well which due to its combination of linen, cotton and lyocell actually feels like a cool breeze against your skin.
We’re very excited to share the beautiful collection with you, and from 29 March – 14 April 2023 we will be launching a new design every other day.
Knitthing (Tine Rousing) writes about the pattern:
Seashell Set consisting of top and skirt is my contribution to Isager’s Breeze collection. I have worked with a structure pattern which is a mix between the light lace pattern and the coarse patent pattern. The set is knitted in one strand of Trio 2 and worked from the bottom and up.
Top and skirt are shaped using the change between different circular needle sizes and thereby gain width at the bottom and a fine silhouette at the top. The fit is elegant and feminine.
The set is intended as ‘loungewear’ which you can wear after a swim in the summer or use as soft party wear with a slip underneath. The top and skirt can of course also be used separately.
Trio 2 colour Linen
Helga Isager writes about the pattern:
In the making of Tan Top & Shorts I was inspired by classic lingerie from the 40s. The set can be worn as underwear or on its own on warm summer days.
Both top and shorts are knitted bottom up in Trio 1 and Alpaca 1 and have ribbed details along the sides as well as wedges knitted in one strand of Trio 2. The wedges are shaped using Japanese short rows and makes a shiny contrast to the matte material.
One strand of Trio 1 colour Linen held together with one strand of Alpaca 1 colour E0
Other Loops (Maja Kløvdal) writes about the pattern:
TIDE_LOOP_TEE is designed in a loose t-shirt silhouette with an organic structure. It is inspired by the sand pattern referred to as tidal ripples, which are revealed by the outgoing loop of the tide wave. The beautiful change gives a light breeze and is naturally elegant.
The design is worked from the top down. To minimise the number of purl stitches, short rows are worked so the body and sleeves are worked from the wrong side. To achieve a good fit, short rows are worked both at the top of the back section, the shoulders, and the sleeves. The textured pattern is charted for all sections of the Tide_loop_tee.
One strand of Trio 2 colour Linen held together with one strand of Alpaca 1 colour E0
LeKnit (Lene Holme Samsøe) writes about the pattern:
Pebbel top is reminiscent of a delicate silk camisole, and the “crispy” yarn adds an elegant drape. Stockinette stitch and a simple shape are combined with a small, crocheted edge, which provides a nice contrast to the stockinette stitch. The top is knitted top down. At the end you make the straps and edges. Only simple crochet stitches have been used, so not much experience is needed to make the small picot edge.
Trio 2 colour Linen
Helga Jóna writes about the pattern:
SAND Summer Cardi is meant to be worn over another piece of clothing, for example over a summer top, a dress or maybe over the bathing suit on the beach.
It became a “Summer Cardi” as it is kind of a cardigan without sleeves, but it can also be worn as a vest or a top, if one prefers.
In my design, I have worked with form and structure. The structure is flat and reminds me of sand, and I found the inspiration for this kind of clothing in old French fashion magazines.
The SAND Summer Cardi is knitted bottom up, and I use short rows to lead the pattern in different directions. On the front this creates a clean line along the edge, whereas a wedge-like shape is formed on the back which gives the design a significant expression.
I love using different knitting techniques in my designs to achieve a beautiful finish, and this model is no exception. In the SAND Summer Cardi, I have among other used Japanese short rows in the middle of the slip stitch pattern, fine edges and a beautiful buttonhole, which allow the piece to be worn without buttoning it.
The Sand Summer Cardi is knitted in one strand of Trio 2 and one strand of Trio 1 held together.
One strand of Trio 2 colour Linen held together with one strand of Trio 1 colour Linen
Anne Ventzel writes about the pattern:
Along with the invitation from @isageryarn to contribute to the joint collection BREEZE, I received a mood board with a light feminine vibe and refined details. The pictures made me think of warm summer days at the coast and the classic pointelle patterned jersey tops, that I always bring in my travel bag. This was my entry point to what was to become SHORE TEE – a feminine top with a simple and graceful lace pattern. The design is worked from the top down.
Trio 2 colour Linen held together with Alpaca 1 colour 0 Eco
Hanne Rammen writes about the pattern:
Dune Pullover is a design with lots of beautiful details and an airy and relaxed fit.
The design lines and the airiness are inspired by the dunes, shaped by the wind and the sand of beach like a blanket of golden dust.
The shawl collar adorns the wearer like a necklace and brings in elegance.
Spinni colour 39s (one strand) and Trio 1 colour Nougat (two strand)
Spinni colour 39s (one strand) and Trio 2 colour Nougat (one strand)
Petiteknit (Mette Wendelboe Okkels) writes about the pattern:
Breeze Bag is a summery bag that can be used for trips to the beach or the market. The Breeze Bag is worked from the bottom up. The bottom is flat, and it is worked as a growing circle in the round on double-pointed needles, while the sides of the bag are worked in the round in a lace pattern on circular needles. At the top, the bag is divided into two sections and each section is finished separately. At the end, stitches are picked up and knitted along the edges of the bag and a double knitted edge is worked, which continues as the straps of the bag. Straps and edges are worked as one continuous piece, and at the end a length of herringbone tape is inserted through the hollow center to give it extra strength.
Trio 2 colour Linen held together with Merilin colour E0
Hør Organic colour Linen held together with Merilin colour E0
My Favourite Things Knitwear (Louise Rasmussen) writes about the pattern:
I have long dreamed of that piece of knitwear that can be worn for all occasions. With the Levitate Wrap I’ve aimed to create just that. A classic, elegant, and comfortable piece.
In designing the style, the choice of material was my starting point. With the choice of the soft, light alpaca and the shiny linen thread, my idea has been to create the illusion of a sandy beach with shiny pieces of mother-of-pearl, thus pointing to the main inspiration of the Breeze collection: The structures and shades of sand.
The inspiration for the design itself is drawn from Isager’s great love for Japan. I have turned my attention to the classic Japanese karate suit: the gi.
When I design, it is always with the perfect fit as my main focus. It is important to me that the fit guides and highlights the lines of the design, and that the details are both aesthetic and functional.
I’ve worked with few, but distinct details: the carefully placed increases along the shoulder and neckline, the double knitted edges, and the long tie band.
In Levitate Wrap, you’ll find something soft to wrap yourself in after a long day at the beach, something to wear over a delicate silk dress for summer parties, or something to pair with your favorite pajama pants on a lazy morning.
Eco Soft colour E2s and Trio 1 colour Linen
Work the cardigan by holding two strands of yarn together. One strand of Eco Soft and one strand of Trio.