- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press; 1St Edition edition (July 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ASIN: 0942391527
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knitting Lace: A Workshop with Patterns and Projects Paperback – July 1, 1992
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This is a immensely valuable resource for lace knitters and should not be available only to collectors.
The patterns are lovely, but the book is overpriced by the sources at Amazon.com. I checked it out from my library and simply made copies of the patterns I wanted to keep.
However, the asking prices by various parties offering the book for sale seem way out of line for a book that retailed (I believe) at around $25 when it was published.
I have contacted the publisher, Taunton Press, begging them to consider re-publishing this book which is obviously in great demand. With the current situation, the used book prices are completely out of reach for a person living on disability with continuous medical bills, a mortgage, and a child for whom college looms closer every day.
Is there some way bring this situation back to reality? Paying over $100 for a book not even 25 years old is a really sorry state of affairs.
This book is amazing. It deconstructs a huge sampler in part 1 (over 90 "patterns") and part 2 is the best lace designing lesson you will ever get. That sentence does no justice to the actual learning value of this book. If you are interested in lace and want to understand it in a way nobody else has shown you, this is the book for you. If you want patterns to make some lace shawls or something, this book does have some value for you but you won't be happy with it.
This review was actually done on 9/20 but I had to delete my first review so I could post this one. :) I don't know why it kept the date of my original review.
I got my copy off of eBay and, of course, shelled out >$100 for it. But I'm a book lover who loves to knit and a knitter that has found out that lace is 1) a lot easier than it looks and 2) knits up a lot faster than sweaters, afghans, (and all the other things I don't have the patience to knit) because LACE IS MOSTLY HOLES!!!! Too cool!!!
I only glanced at the second section so far, but it is DEFINITELY something that I am going to sit down and STUDY. She has pictures of the piece of lace and then the graph next to it...and circles around corresponding stitches etc so you can compare the knitted item to the graph. Just by looking at all the pictures and diagrams I can tell that I will get my money's worth in education.
I would count this as the definitive "How to" of learning how lace works. There are other books that can tell you how to knit lace. But this one shows you how to look at piece of lace and take it apart (um...in your head, of course) and put it all together.
It's kind of like the Joy Of Cooking for lacemaking. Lots of theory and whys and hows are explained instead of just telling you blindly follow a pattern.
With the background knowledge that it gives, it's like a college course in lace-making theory......so, I guess, in the long run, it really wasn't as expensive as it first seemed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great resource book for lace knitters. I will go and see the actual piece at the
Brooklyn Museum this spring.
Great resource for learning and improving lace knitting skills.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Costales
Came a bit late from stated time frame. Book in fair condition. I got what I paid for and expected. No deception involved.Published on January 15, 2014 by Barbara H Klipa
This book is simply awesome. I am an experienced knitter, but I'm not well adversed in lace knitting. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by EMBLA
This is a great source of lace patterns and a nice historical look at lace knitting. Just flipping through it has given me many ideas for future projects.Published on December 9, 2013 by Dracowin
This is the first thing you have to questions yourself before purchasing a book: If you want to follow instructions blindly then you do not need this book. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Alejandra Zepeda Bastien
I guess it is possible that a wider readership might expose some previously undiscovered weaknesses in Susanna Lewis's classic text, but it's hard to imagine how. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by The Occasional Muse
I was very happy to find this out of print book. Vendor delivered it promptly and in excellent condition. It is a welcome addition to my knitting library.Published on August 9, 2010 by Sheila M. Sweeny
The reprint is finally out and available on the Brooklyn Museum website. Don't know when Amazon will get it!Published on March 27, 2010 by Deborah Wythe