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Heirloom Knits: 20 Classic Designs to Cherish Hardcover – May 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312359969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312359966
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Several times I cast on the entire instructed number of stitches and tried the pattern "for real."
Rosy
I only wish that the author thought enough to publish some correction sheets so those of us who actually want to knit and not just browse, could do so!!!
J L W
I would have at least liked to see photos of the ends and the other "wrong" side to see how it was made.
Tigerlily

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rosy on January 24, 2009
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...if this book is any good, because every pattern you try is probably going to be LOADED with errors. It's exhausting and rough on the wrists if you have a finite amount of pain-free knitting time per evening. I gave this a fair shake, honestly I did, but I'm done. Away it goes.

I initially found the patterns pretty and unusual; I didn't even address whether the projects were linked to the correct era or not (pssst--nope). The book is beautifully presented and tempts us to knit with its settings, and never mind that little voice piping up behind your ear that there are an awful lot of pointless pictures of non-knitted pretty trinkets scattered around. Keeping on topic, the real problem is that the editing is awful, really outrageous--no, nonexistant. I tried five patterns and I know.

First of all, there is no provision for swatching the lace patterns; you have to extract the motif repeat by force from the directions or sample-knit the thing full size. Second, the instructions for finishing and making up are sketchy and half the instructions are in the back, as in, "make the throw like this, then add five tassels (see index)." You'll never be quite sure of little details like whether the yardage for the tassels got into the purchasing instructions at the top of the pattern.

Finally, there are the errors, errors, errors [hear the echo?]. Not one of the five patterns I worked with was free from multiple problems--some rows had simple omissions of one number or stitch, some of them featured gnarled, inexplicable leftovers or dead-end problems that could not be reasoned out, try as you might. I unraveled and repeated, sure it was my inattention or the cat's assistance, but it wasn't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tigerlily on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from my library and I'm glad I didn't spend the money to buy it. I'm a big fan of Barbara Walker's knitting pattern books but the photos aren't very good. It's hard to visualize what many of Barbara's patterns look like. I love lace and it was a joy to see the lace pieces in this book photographed so beautifully. It gave me a lot of ideas to create my own designs.

However, just from a cursory glance I could tell the patterns were badly written. I'm a fan of charts but I've muddled my way through written-out directions. But when I tried to figure out how a knitted bolster was put together, I was baffled. The author even included a drawings but I had no clue. I couldn't even tell how the ends were made (sewn? decreases?) or the piece was fastened. I would have at least liked to see photos of the ends and the other "wrong" side to see how it was made.

When examining the photo of a coverlet, I tried to figure out what type of needlework was used to create smaller panels that connected the large, knitted panels. I think it was crocheted but no good instructions were included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J L W on March 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't know how much you know about designing knitting patterns, but if you aren't good at it then you will be miserably disappointed with this beautiful looking book!! I too have just started on my second trial motif of the bedspread on the cover of this book. And I just last night ordered some Loet merino wool yarn for the purpose of making a smaller version of this bedspread. Now the yarn is coming and I have no idea if I will be able to rewrite this pattern. I knit one motif last night and it came out with only 6 of the leafs where there are shown 7 in the picture. If you only have six, they are off center and when you sew the four motifs together it will not create an even pattern all the way around. Clearly, the person that knitted the bedspread in the picture is not the person that wrote the instructions. I AM AN EXPERIENCED KNITTER. It is not for lack of expertise that I find this pattern vexing, it is an absolutely incorrect pattern. In order to make this pattern work it will need to be rewritten, adding more increases before the leaf motif begins in order to make it come out correctly. I am going to attempt to do this, since I now own the book and will soon own the yarn to make up the pattern . However, if it weren't for falling in love with this pattern, and my stubborn nature not to give up, I would never attempt this and I don't recommend it unless you have the time and the patience to spare. As one other reviewer stated it does make an attractive coffee table book, and unfortunately that is all!!! Clearly, that person did not attempt to knit up this bedspread pattern and I can only assume the rest of the patterns are of the same condition- errors and more errors. I only wish that the author thought enough to publish some correction sheets so those of us who actually want to knit and not just browse, could do so!!! I purchased this book elsewhere and didn't read these reviews until just now unfortunately for me.
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