- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Shetland Times Ltd (May 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1898852758
- ISBN-13: 978-1898852759
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heirloom Knitting Paperback – May 18, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book and a wonderful source for information. Wonderfully done!Published 3 months ago by Amy F.
This is a wonderful book and should be in every knitter's library!Published 13 months ago by Pat Brown
I wanted a book that would not only describe and explain heirloom knitting, but allow me to either dabble at it or create my own designs and heirlooms. Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Ginger Roberts
While not for the novice, if you have been knitting and want to try lace, this is the first book to get. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by ssmith94015
This book is probably the most comprehensive book available on the subject of Shetland lace, it is part stitch dictionary - useful if you wish to design your own designs, and part... Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Janet Atherton
This is an excellent book for those who are interested in the History of Shetland Lace Knitting. It offers a few projects at the end, but it is intended to be a book of pattern... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Deborah Wilson
I purchased this book based on the positive reviews, and I couldn't agree more. The bible of Shetland lace patterns and edgings. A "must have" for every lace knitter!Published on January 19, 2014 by Sharla Anderson
this is a gift for my daughter-in-law, I did look through it and think she will like it, the projects are beautiful.Published on December 14, 2013 by John Maciag