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Fox and Geese and Fences: A Collection of Traditional Maine Mittens Paperback – May, 1983

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Only a handful of knitters in Maine and Maritime Canada still remember how to make the traditional mitten patterns used by their great-grandmothers, for the designs were simply taught by example and recorded only in memory. Fortunately for today's handcrafters, Robin Hansen has searched out the few knitters who still make the old designs or who have reconstructed lost patterns from surviving examples. She tested the patterns, wrote out detailed instructions, and gathered them all in this illlustrated book. Fox & Geese & Fences features complete knitting instructions for eleven designs in sizes ranging from infant to adult. In addition to the mittens you'll find directions for fishermen's wristers and nippers, caps, and shooting gloves. These are handsom, sturdy wool garments with special qualities that make them unbelievably warm. Some are double-knit so they insulate twice as well as a plain mitten or cap. Others are fleece-stuffed to make a soft, insulating lining. Fisherman's mittens are knit extra large, then shrunk to size, which makes them extremely dense and warm especially when wet! Striped, Checkerboard, Sawtooth, Spruce, and Fox & Geese are just some of the time-tested designs in this handy pattern book. All modern knitters are sure to appreciate these warm, durable, and beautiful heirloom mittens.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books; Open market ed edition (May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887800564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892721627
  • ASIN: 0892721626
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ilove2read on November 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love this book. The history of each piece is very interesting. I not only learned how to make mittens from this book, but I also learned many other unique knitting techniques. I highly recommend this book and wish it were still in publication. Five stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mitten lover on September 28, 2011
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The history and stories regarding the mittens I found very interesting...The directions seem to be easy to follow and I look forward to trying out each pattern.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By p. b. havard on March 30, 2013
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Some of the patterns require intermediate skills to get proper sizes.Background histories on each pattern are very interesting and well written.
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By sifter on February 22, 2015
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I love this book - the history, the patterns, and different knitting methods. The directions on making the thumb on the fox & geese pattern are almost impossible to follow as written, so I made it up as I went along. I ordered the other books and I hope the directions are more clear.
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By Laurie S. Lubking on February 9, 2014
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Great book,fun old patterns to follow . Have many copies of this book just in case I need to give one to a friend.
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