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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Shetland Times Ltd (May 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898852758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898852759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book heartily.
Shirley Homer
If there are any lace pattern designers reading this review: please have a look at the chart system in this book.
Geom
And when I say "complete" I really mean complete.
D. Boyken

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Julie H. Rose on June 2, 2006
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If you want to knit Shetland Lace and like to design your own patterns, buy this expensive book and forgo the others. This book is the bible of Shetland lace knitting. Finally, a good explanation and comparison between "knitted lace" and "lace knitting". This book is so good, I sometimes peruse it while eating breakfast.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Bruna Brylawski on August 11, 2006
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Directed to somewhat experienced knitters, this book is a jewel. All the main patterns in Shetland lace are covered, providing detailed instructions and CHARTS! The various techniques are explained with clear pictures, and there are very useful tips scattered around the book. Not many patterns for complete projects, but the goal is to teach the readers to make their own.
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Homer on January 5, 2007
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I gulped when I first saw the price of this book, but I took the plunge and I am delighted to have it. While Sharon Miller gives you some written instructions for shawls, she gives you many options so you can design and make your own shawl. I have been knitting for over 60 years and feel confident of my abilities, but Sharon is teaching me some new skills and I love it. I recommend this book heartily.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyken on June 19, 2011
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Do you like knitted lace? Does knitting lace make your heart beat faster? Do you drool over Wedding ring shawls?

This may well be the book for you.

It's not full simply of patterns for shawls and such that you can knit (though it has them). No, this is a complete compendium of Shetland Lace. And when I say "complete" I really mean complete. Exhaustive, in fact. If you have a question about Shetland lace chances are the answer is in this book.

Sharon Miller starts off with a history of lace knitting in the Shetland isles, and then moves into technical details about knitting techniques (cast-ons, yarn joins, and the like). Next comes stitch patterns. Dozens of lace patterns, sorted by type (centers, borders, edgings) and difficulty. This alone makes this a great resource.

But wait, there's more! (As they say) The next section is a thorough, detailed examination of how these shawls (and other lace garments) are put together. The proportions, the construction, how to handle the designs at the corners. Everything. And then this is folowed by a collection of her own designs, which are always fabulous. Not just shawls, but christening gowns and lace edgings.

Oh, this is beautiful stuff.

Now, it must be said that most of the illustrations are in black and white, but this doesn't hurt the book at all, since most of the illustrations are showing off the LACE, and that's most easily done by white-on-black photographs. There are some color photos, though, if that's important to you. The index is thorough, the details are incredible.

I think this is the most expensive book I have in my library. But I will also tell you that this is one book I will NOT give up. It's fantastic. The lace is inspiring, the patterns exquisite. It's worth every penny.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Geom on February 22, 2012
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This is a BIG book, I was surprised when it arrived. It's easily the largest, most information-packed knitting book I have.
It seemed very thorough, to me (I'm not an expert or anything), on the subject of Shetland lace. It doesn't just have patterns and projects, it also goes into history and traditions of the processes around the knitting, like gathering the wool, spinning the yarn, and blocking the finished items. There are some photos to go with these descriptions, too, which is really neat. It also explains how to go about modifying the charts, and designing your own projects.

There's a lot to be said for this book, but what really makes it fantastic for me is the charts. When I ordered the book I was steeling myself to have trouble with the stitch patterns (it's Shetland lace! It'll be intensely difficult, right?) but the charting system is the easiest to use I have ever seen and I haven't had trouble.

When there are distinct left and right sides, and a center repeat, to a pattern, these are very clearly outlined. The stitch counts for each section are written below the chart, and the total number of stitches you'll need is there too. For example, if the center repeat of a stitch pattern needs 10 stitches, and the left and right sides each need 3 sts, under the chart it will inform you that the left side needs 3 sts, the center repeat needs 10, and the right side needs 3, and to cast on a (multiple of 10) + 6 sts.

My favorite thing about the charts - and I really don't know if I can convey how fabulous and helpful and wonderful this is - is that wherever there are 5 or more consecutive plain knit stitches in between pattern stitches, there is a number printed in the middle of all the little boxes to tell you how many consecutive knit stitches to work!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Milani on February 1, 2012
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What an excellent book! The sheer depth of knowledge included is amazing! Heirloom Knitting is a terrific compendium of lace knitting techniques, stitches and advice. All of the patterns are charted. A few are also written out line by line, but this is saved for complicated patterns where the chart may be confusing.

17 pages dedicated to background and history, nearly 30 pages for knitting advice (including grafting stitches, joining yarn, and correcting mistakes)
130+ pages of stitch patterns (including edgings, borders, and all-over "center" patterns
40+ pages of design basics (for those that are interested in creating their own patterns)
15 pages of large motifs
8 projects: a baby set, christening gown, scarf, lace edging applied to handkerchief, and four shawls
It also includes translations for English to French and English to German

The most confusing thing I found is that the charts are not presented as the front of your work. When a chart presents the front of your work, then if you were working in Stockinette Stitch, the chart would look the same for all rows and be filled with knit squares (and you'd have to remember that on wrong side rows you are purling rather than knitting so that the right side has the knit stitch). In Heirloom Knitting, stockinette stitch would show the knit stitch for right side rows and the purl stitch for wrong side rows. There is no set standard for knitting charts, but some may find this confusing, others will love it!

If you're looking for a stitch dictionary for lace knitting, this is it!
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