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Folk Knitting in Estonia (Folk Knitting series) Paperback – January 1, 2000

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The handknitted footwear of European folk cultures from Scotland to Greece to Estonia was the focus of Folk Socks, Bush's earlier book. To research her current book, she returned to Estonia to study its history, cultural traditions, and local knitting techniques and patterns. For centuries, the art of knitting played a significant part in the everyday life of Estonia, but as the country becomes more and more Westernized, knitting is in danger of dying out. Bush has done a great service in preserving the story of these traditions and teaching them to a new generation of knitters in the West. She pays particular attention to knitting techniques little known in the West such as the double-start cast-on, knitted-in braids, and the aptly named "Heart of a Blossom" toe finish. With 25 projects, all of them enchanting; highly recommended for large public and academic libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Northern Europe. She is the author of Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, Knitting on the Road, Knitting Vintage Socks, and Knitted Lace of Estonia. Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Product Details

  • Series: Folk Knitting series
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883010438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010430
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tina Morris on December 24, 2009
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First, and most importantly for a pattern book: the patterns work! After completing several of the delightful small projects in this book focused on mittens and socks, I am deeply impressed with the quality of the designs, the care that was put into the illustrations, especially for special stitches, and the reliability of the yarn recommendations.
The book also gives a delightful overview of Estonian culture and the history of knitting in this baltic Nation. The patters are a great balance of traditional pieces and some very fanciful adaptations. This is clearly not for complete beginners in knitting, but not all the projects are highly complicated, so there is no need to shy away, either.
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Nancy Bush has done it again. She makes you feel like you are a part of the knitter's families in Estonia. Her illustrations and technique explanations are flawless and the patterns are unique and very easy to follow.
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Nancy has done it again. Her book is a delight and a great "portable project" book. The illustrations, instructions, and patterns are very easy to follow and techniques are unique.
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The most interesting part of this book is the Estonian technique section. The selection of yarns used in the projects: socks, gloves, & mittens over & over again, is escoteric to say the least. I realize this book is dated & yarns come & go but even when this book was current only the Koigo Merino was (& is) widely available. No useful information about the yarns is provided which would enable the knitter to substitute--no wpi, no Yarn Standards. The author mentions the knitting of pullovers including the cast on used but no pullover project or photo or even a description is provided. There are only a couple of dozen of color charts all of which I've seen before. If I had had this book in hand before buying, I probably would've passed it by.
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It's a good book for everyone who likes cool patterns, especially Estonian ones. All instructions are good and easily readable. You can see the examples, so you won't mess up. I recommend it for people who love knitting.
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This book is a delight. In it the Author provides historical information about Estonia its culture and rich knitting traditions. She also carefully describes and illustrates many interesting techniques unique to the area including: a couple of braided cast on methods(called Kihnu Troi and Liidia's braid) a fringe cast on, as well several interesting joins, decreases and decorative techniques that are completed while knitting (three color twist and Roositud inlay)---to name only a few. The patterns that follow are for gloves, mittens or socks and are very well described and charted. My only complaint (which I am hesitant to make because this is such a great book) is that the patterns (with a couple exceptions) only provide instructions for one size so you have to play with needle sizes or alter the pattern to make them fit a different sized recipient.
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This interesting book is readily available at Amazon under a different ISBN: 1883010438 Folk Knitting in Estonia : A Garland of Symbolism, Tradition, and Technique . (At this time of writing, at least, someone is asking $61 for a copy of this edition, but most knitters won't need this exact edition. For some reason, Amazon does not have these editions linked at this moment).
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Book arrived promptly. I haven't had the time to spend quietly reading all the wonderful historical information, but I am looking forward to that day. If you like Estonia knitting and history, I think this book would be a great addition to your knit book library.
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