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Knitting Counterpanes: Traditional Coverlet Patterns for Contemporary Knitters Paperback – February 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918804981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918804983
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is for an experienced knitter as well as a confident beginner.
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I haven't started one yet, but I have every intention of knitting a counterpane from this book that I can pass on to my children and grandchildren.
A. Creech
The history of each pattern is wonderful and concise and the directions are clear.
Anastasia McPherson

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1997
Format: Paperback
Knitting counterpanes is a deceptive title; Ms. Phillips has made it possible to learn stitches and patterns that look difficult, but are simple with her charting system. No one needs to knit entire coverlets; the project size is up to the reader. The pattern diversity, with the accompanying historical text (which is fascinating in and of itself), makes for a lot of pleasurable reading/planning. I recommend this book for any knitter who wants to knit new patterns that are stunning.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Don't think this book is just for knitting bedspreads in white cotton like Grandmom had on her bed in Topeka. No indeed, though you'd be lucky to own such a heirloom and be even more lucky to decide to make one.
You can use these squares and edgings for so much more. For example, the squares can be made into frons of sweaters and tunics for very original textured effects. Of course they also make good afghans from thicker wool. Or pillows. You choose, there are so many options.
I like looking at the squares just for the inventiveness and incredible variety. This is one of my all-time favorite knitting books for getting design inspiration.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Creech on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I haven't started one yet, but I have every intention of knitting a counterpane from this book that I can pass on to my children and grandchildren. Yes, I have every intention of knitting an heirloom. This book is inspiring, and there is no other word for it.
The patterns in this book are beautiful, easy to follow (I haven't started my counterpane, but I have knitted singles of a few of these patterns), and full of tradition. And, really, you don't have to knit an entire counterpane. Knit six or eight and have a placemat, or just knit different ones to learn traditonal and beautiful stitches. This book can be fun too, as well as inspiring!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J L W on March 27, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I recently purchased the knitting book heirloom knits by Judith McLeod-Odel. Upon trying to knit the a coverlet from the pattern "the garden plot" from the instructions in this book, and finding that the instructions were badly flawed and unable to be used without rewriting them, I was very upset. I couldn't locate any help from the website listed in the back of the book, as the author has since died and the website is inactive and of no help. So, I searched for something similar in style on amazon and came across this book. I wasn't sure what kind of format the instructions would be in, line by line written instructions, or charted instructions. And I also wasn't sure from the discription , just what I would find in the book in the way of a counterpane similar to the one I was trying to knit. Well I just received this book in the mail and went through it page by page. Here is what I found. The book is a treasure trove of design and if you love the beautiful old patterns and are looking for more than the rustic "knit it up in a weekend" pattern, and want to knit something that will really become an heirloom, this book is for you. If you like line by line written instructions, this book is for you. I personally prefer this format. And low and behold, if you too are one of those knitters who, like myself got the other book I referred to and are very mad about not being able to complete a project, well this book has the heirloom bedspread pattern, "the garden plot" and has several variations of this counterpane and all are more attractive than the one in the other book. It is full of counterpane choices and lace edgings and panels to knit if you want to go that way. It is in the same league as the Barbara Walker treasury of knitting patterns Vol 1 and 2.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Judith Hammerquist on January 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Engaging and throughly researched, this is a favorite in my Knitting library. The photographs are beautiful and the patterns are very easy to follow whatever your level of expertise. I recommend to any one considering knitting a blanket or throw. With this book you will create an heirloom.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Want to knit some beautiful things? Only want some unusual edgings? This is your book. The patterns aren't difficult, either. This book makes me dream of the day I can retire and fool around with knitting patterns all the time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scottish Gypsy on October 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book a number of years ago. I have knit many patterns and projects from this book, to the point of having the book fall apart on me. :) It is a must have for every knitters book shelf.
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