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Crazy Lace:an artistic approach to Creative Lace Knitting Paperback – November 2, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Woodworks Editions; First edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980018285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980018288
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Myra Wood is an internationally known fiber & bead artist and designer. She teaches a wide range of classes in beading, embroidery, crochet and knitting, specializing in all things freeform. She's been a guest instructor on eight episodes of Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads for the DIY & HGTV networks along with publishing a number of jewelry and wearables patterns in a wide range of books and magazines. Myra has been crocheting, sewing and crafting since she was young and enjoys any opportunity to inspire others creatively. She is also the moderator for the International Freeform Guild with over 1500 members worldwide and coordinator for their annual national shows. Galleries of her work can be seen at myrawood.com

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As Jen said - if you are looking for a book of patterns - this is not for you!
Ellene Warren
I always bring new books to my knitting and spinning groups to share with my friends, and I've never seen such a reaction to a book like I have with this one!
Kimberly Burk
If you'd like to understand how lace WORKS... why it does what it does when it does it, I strongly encourage you to consider this book.
SL Cole

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SL Cole on February 13, 2010
If you are the compulsive or obsessive "must do it perfectly and in order with detailed directions" type of knitter... you will be frustrated with this book. If you already knit lace and LOVE your charted books and patterns, you might want to pass on this one... it probably won't meet your standards. If you are looking for predesigned lace patterns and expect to be told stitch by stitch how to recreate something the author has designed... you'll be disappointed because that is not the purpose of this book.

HOWEVER... if you have wanted to learn to knit lace and found yourself completely overwhelmed and paralyzed by the charts in books and patterns, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd rather have FUN knitting lace than sweating over every stitch... and frogging more than you knit, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you are a rebel at heart and really don't like being told what to do and how to do it, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to understand how lace WORKS... why it does what it does when it does it, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to sit down with nothing other than your needles and yarn and knit lace "without a net," I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to learn "Lace Logic" so you can chart and graph your OWN lace patterns, you yourself personally, I strongly encourage you to consider this book.

Most other lace books teach you to read lace by sight... literally. You have to learn what all the symbols mean to even begin to knit lace with most of them. You have to memorize the "words" by rote memory without really understanding why that group of "letters" make those "sounds."

"Crazy Lace" teaches you to read lace by "phonics.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ellene Warren on November 10, 2009
If you love to knit lace and sometimes get discouraged by trying to work with charts and written patterns, or if you've never knit lace before, or if you are an accomplished traditional lace knitter who would like to step out of the box and try something new - this book will take a cherished place on your bookshelf.

Here is a list of some of the differences between Crazy Lace (CL) and Traditional Lace (TL)

TL - follow a chart or written instructions or both
CL - use a chart or written instructions for stitch patterns or just wing it.

TL - count sts and rows
CL - you can count if you want to

TL - everything needs to work out mathematically
CL - missing a stitch? Just add it in later

TL - work 3 nights to progress 6 rows, discover a mistake and rip it all out
CL - what mistake? it's a design element!

TL - must give all my attention
CL - can watch tv, carry on a conversation and knit lace all at the same time

TL - can make me Crazy!
CL - calms me down

Within hours of Myra outlining her concepts for Crazy Lace, I was happily knitting a circular shawl and was able to finish it in a couple of days with no trauma, no frogging, and no stress!

As Jen said - if you are looking for a book of patterns - this is not for you! But if you want enough inspiration to keep you going all winter and beyond, you will find it in Crazy Lace!

And did I mention that the book design and photography are mind blowingly beautiful?
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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 20, 2009
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The promised discussion of freeform lace knitting, along with the beautiful cover photo, enticed me into ordering this book sight unseen. When it arrived, it was a great disappointment.

"Crazy lace", as the author explains in the introduction, is lace knitted without any charts. However, nearly the entire book is devoted to simple instructions on (1) materials (selecting yarn, color, needles, tools); (2) how lace is created (using eyelets, increases, decreases); (3) casting on and binding off, (4) creating charts (but isn't this about uncharted lace?); (5) knitting a sampler scarf using the few included charted lace patterns; (6) knitting different shapes (center-out and mitred squares, triangles, rectangles, starbursts, circles, semi-circles); (7) blocking; (8) attaching edgings (knitted on and sewn); and (9) adding ruffles and ruches as embellishments.

There are four pages (two consisting of full-page photos) that are devoted to knitting "random crazy lace". These instructions are extremely general. For example, the author advises that "[y]ou're free to vary the holes and stitches across every single row . . . as long as the final stitch count is maintained for the shape you are making." Or she suggests that "[f]or an organic feel, create different sized holes in different areas."

The entire book is only 100 pages long. One page consists of a grid for charting, one is a bibliographical page of references, five pages are devoted to 25 small lace pattern charts, some 21 pages consist of full-page photos (models showing garments, or closeups of knitted lace fabric), and many of the pages have overlarge, closeup photos that take up much of the page. The text itself--what there is of it--is presented in fairly large type.
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