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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Pap/DVD edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683150
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a beautiful book for any knitter... and if you are already a lace lover you definitely need to have this book in your collection." - About.com Guide to Knitting

"Everything you need to know to create an authentic lace shawl is included, from knitting a center to knitting a frame; how to connect the two; special techniques for cast-on, bind-off, joining, and more." - Blogcritics.org, Alyse Wax

"If you love fine lace, you certainly will enjoy this new book. The history and patterns are wonderful." - Knitting News

"How can you not love a book like this? It's got everything. History. Beautiful patterns. Great stitches. Lovely pictures. Good writing." - KnittingScholar.com

"Just like every other knitter, I've been bitten by the lace bug and this book is giving me the fever." - Knitty.com

"For knitters who love lace, Nancy Bush, really skinny yarns and/or eastern Europe, the only logical choice is Knitted Lace of Estonia." - knotions online magazine

"Beautifully in-depth" - Yarn Market News

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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My knitting friends are amazed but I owe it to Nancy Bush's book.
Books B Me
The book is well written, with both charts and written instructions, and very understandable technique instructions with pictures.
Twinknitter
This is a beautiful book and is one that will inspire any knitter who loves to knit lace.
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hanner on March 16, 2009
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I had been tempted to buy this book after reading the buzz by a couple of popular bloggers, but delayed because of previous unsuccessful attempts at lace knitting. I'm definitely not a beginning knitter, just new to lace knitting. I also couldn't see myself ever going anywhere that a lace shawl would fit in (I'm a blue-jeans type of girl). However, when one other reviewer on Amazon said that the patterns were relatively easy, I jumped off the fence and ordered. I also figured that if/when I did knit one of these beautiful shawls, it could be a present to a niece to wear at her wedding.

After looking at all the patterns and reading Nancy's tips on making nupps, I started with the Peacock Tail and Leaf pattern scarf. It looked to be small enough to allow finishing in a reasonable length of time. It also had enough nupps to make it interesting but not so many that it was scary.

After completing the bottom edging and 4 repeats of the center pattern, I'd like to pass along my own tip for knitting the nupps. When I get to those, I use a double pointed needle that's several sizes larger than the one I'm using to knit the 7 nupp stitches. (For instance, I'm using a US 5 circular needle to knit the scarf, but use a US 10 dpn to knit the nupp stitches.) After knitting the nupp stitches on the big needle, I slide those stitches to the other end of the dpn, put a marker on the smaller right hand needle and then slip the nupp stitches to the right hand needle. I knit the next couple of stitches in the pattern loosely to make sure I don't tighten up the big nupp stitches. On the return purl row, the start of the big nupp stitches is very evident, and the marker stops me from purling through any additional stitches.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Book Fan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 31, 2008
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Update: If you have been craving more information about Estonian lace knitting, it is now available in English: see The Haapsalu Shawl, and The Haapsalu Scarf.

Original Review:
This book is a great addition to Interweave's series of "approachable" knitting technique books, but it is not an exhaustive compendium of advanced techniques. It contains 14 projects and a number of knitting stitch charts for lace shawls and scarves which are typical of Estonian lace knitting, and which span the range from introductory (the Raha scarf) to advanced.

Estonian lace is characterized by a few unique stitch components, such as nupps (knobs of yarn) and nature patterns, including lily of the valley (a graceful arc of nupps). The author seems to have spent much time in Estonia collecting stitch patterns and shawl designs from knitters, decades of magazines, and museums. (I wish this book contained much more of what she found!) The book begins with a brief history of knitting in Estonia, then describes traditional shawl design and techniques that the knitter will need to know.

Next is the pattern section of 5 lacy scarfs and 9 shawls. Each of the designs is based on an actual Estonian shawl (purchased by the author or in a museum collection), or taken from Estonian magazines, or utilizing a documented traditional stitch or pattern, though there have been some reworkings. Only two patterns have been previously published by Interweave: Madli's shawl, from Interweave Knits Summer 2004, and Triangular Summer Shawl, in Piecework July/Aug 2008. Each pattern includes information about where it is from and its history, such as a designs created in honor of the Swedish Crown Price and Greta Garbo.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tina Martinez VINE VOICE on November 13, 2008
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I will preface this review with the fact that I got to take a class with Nancy Bush on Estonian Lace at SOAR 2008, and what a great preview to the book it was! I got to see these shawls, and shawls like these first hand, so I can say they really are as beautiful in real life, if not more so.

This book really has everything I enjoy in a knitting book, especially one that is based on a particular area or tradition. The front of the book is full of information on the knitted lace traditions of Estonia, informative without being boring or tedious. The tutorials are well designed to make some of the more "advanced" techniques like nupps something to enjoy rather than dread.

The patterns themselves are just gorgeous, ranging in difficulty from easy to quite challenging. My favorites have to be the Queen Sylvia, Madli, and Crown Prince shawls. There are a range of shapes, whether you like stoles, scarves, squares or triangles you'll find something that suits your style and adventure level.

As an added bonus the stitch dictionary and information in the back make designing your own shawl yet another option. The book is worth every penny, both the wow factor and how much knowledge it packs.

Tip from class: If you want a dark colored shawl, try knitting it in white to give your eyes a break and then dyeing it when you're done!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Twinknitter on November 8, 2008
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I've been searching for years for the perfect shawl to make my sister and I found it here! These are beautiful patterns and there is something for everyone who loves lace knitting. The book is well written, with both charts and written instructions, and very understandable technique instructions with pictures. The shawls and scarves are shown modeled and with close-up details so it's easy to see how they drape, the size, etc. The added stitch dictionary and instructions on construction make it easy to design and make your own creation if you don't like what's offered. I really appreciate the instructions for the blocking frame. My biggest disappointment is that I have to wait for the yarn I ordered before I can begin knitting! This book is definitely worth the price!
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