The Danish company Isager has been supplying patterns and quality yarns made from natural fibres since 1977, and are known and loved by knitters the world over. Marianna Isager (the founder) and her daughter Helga are behind a line of popular knitting books and timeless patterns.
The history of Isager began with designer Åse Lund Jensen (1920-1977), who established her studio in 1960. Åse Lund Jensen’s work was rooted in the Danish crafts tradition, but she took her inspiration in particular from the Icelandic and Faroe Island knitting cultures.
Åse Lund Jensen was a pioneer in her field and throughout her career she worked continuously to get knitting recognised as a craft, amongst other things through her many exhibitions and her work as a teacher at Skals Håndarbejdsskole, today known as Skals – Højskolen for Design og Håndarbejde (Skals – School of Design and Crafts). It was here that Marianne Isager and Åse Lund Jensen met and founded their friendship. After the death of Åse Lund Jensen this friendship later led to Marianne Isager taking over the rights to use Åse Lund Jensen’s eternally modern patterns and continue the company known today as Isager.