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Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland [Paperback]

Donna Druchunas
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Book Description

March 16, 2009
Donna Druchunas extends readers' knowledge of traditional knitting designs and techniques, presented in step-by-step fashion. Working as she did in Ethnic Knitting Discovery, she covers three new regions and more complicated structures, including raglan, yoke, and saddle-shoulder sweaters. Each section includes a small introductory project that familiarizes knitters with the skills, followed by pullover sweaters that apply them. A supplementary chapter shows how to adapt pullover designs to make cardigans.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Nomad Press (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966828992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966828993
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This + Stitch Dictionary = Your Own Ethnic Design April 9, 2009
This book is more about creating knitted articles in the structure of Aran, Icelandic or Lithuanian garments, which have a particular construction. Using this book and a stitch dictionary, you can create ethnic garments using sweater plans in the book.

For the designer and do-it-yourself knitter who doesn't want to rely on packaged patterns, this is a real boon. If you are not an advanced knitter, there are mini-projects to understand the construction idea, such as a capelet that goes over the shoulders in two color knitting. This capelet is nice by itself, but it teaches you the idea of round yokes as in Icelandic knitting. The Aran knit project shows you how to construct the drop shoulder sleeve or to do a raglan.

There are a number of motifs charted but mainly this book is about construction and it is a blueprint for making your own designs. Therefore, a good stitch dictionary will be a great adjunct to "Ethnic Knitting Exploration" and there are many to choose from, such as Barbara Walker Treasury and 440 More Stitches. There are many more including ones specific to Aran and Nordic patterns as well as Baltic (Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian.)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For whom was this book written? May 25, 2010
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Do you want to know about knitting traditions in Iceland,Lithuania & Ireland? You won't learn from this book. The information here is truly,truly sparse, neither significant, nor comprehensive. The projects have very little to do with either traditional or contemporary knitting in these countries. Of course, even grouping all three together is strange because they don't share the same knitting, or general fiber craft traditions.

If you want to know about knitting in Iceland & Ireland, a number of excellent books have far, far better & comprehensive information. Lithuanian written sources are sparse; even sparser in English. But this book doesn't fill the gap. It falls so far off the mark, that it is an exaggeration to say that it doesn't come close.

This leaves the projects themselves, as simply projects, rather than as ethnic projects. As such they might be ok. In all honesty, I didn't look too closely at the project directions. They offer just about nothing to the experienced, or even intermediate, knitter. Skimming through them, I didn't see any special techniques described, or any interesting directions. The material offered here has been covered many times in other publications. Perhaps it offers something to the beginning knitter.

So long as the beginning knitter understands that she/he is learning about basic knitting, rather than about ethnic knitting of any kind.

If I were recommending books for the beginner,though, I would not recommend this one. There are far more interesting, better books, that would move the beginner along faster & in more interesting directions.

When I first learned of this book, I thought I would order it right away, because of the Lithuanian knitting. I am glad I looked at it first. The gap between its title & its content is an extreme disappointment.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, great patterns, and more! March 3, 2009
The second in the Ethnic Knits series <Donna, I HOPE it's a series> has even better patterns than the first book. I've already made the wonderful poncho--in baby size, and it's my baby granddaughter's favorite cold weather item! The information in the patterns and the initial chapters enrich the knitter's skillset, and the individual patterns within each country's section explain any exclusive techniques well enough that even an advanced beginner is able to create and enjoy.

The sweaters are great fun to design and knit--make one for a teddy bear or a special baby, then remember to make one <or more!> for yourself, as they're entirely too luscious not to knit. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! November 7, 2009
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This is a book that should be in every knitters library. Not only does it give a decription on different traditional knitting in the different countries that are the focus of this book, there are good project to get the reader familiar with the techniques. Excellent!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lithuanian Crafts January 4, 2013
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I could not wait to get this book, but then I was disappointed to discover that the portion devoted to Lithuanian crafts was so meager.
I guess I will have to wait to see if someone would put together a publication that would include more original Lithuanian patterns and projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars knitting instruction December 9, 2012
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This book is very easy to follow and offers 3 different ways to design sweaters using various motifs and styles from the featured countries.
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More About the Author

Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research, and writing. She is the author of six knitting books including Arctic Lace, Successful Lace Knitting, Kitty Knits, and Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland. Donna has just finished writing a book about knitting in Lithuania. She lives in Colorado with her husband, mother, and three cats who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items.


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