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Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters [Kindle Edition]

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts , Deborah Robson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Knitting in the Old Way is a clear and comprehensive guide to traditional and ethnic knitting skills. It begins by presenting fifteen timeless sweater shapes and then teaches color and texture techniques.

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Knitting In The Old Way is a "hot-to" book of instruction and example of the fine tradition of knitting without recourse to a line-by-line printed pattern. Knitting In The Old Way shares the simple fundamentals of design and construction allowing the knitter to draft their own styles, chart their own patterns, create their own heirlooms. Brilliant multi-colored patterns of the Scandinavian countries, intriguing motifs of the Shetland Islands, and rich sculptural knits of northern Europe are covered in detail -- th history as well as the how-to. Profuse and illustrative photos and drawings guide the knitter through the basic steps and special tricks of the trade that knitters all over the world have developed down through the years. Pricilla Gibson-Roberts' own interpretations of classic styles are shown in full color, as well. Knitting In The Old Way is an essential addition to any personal or community library's needlecraft collection! -- Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 17989 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Nomad Press (October 7, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00292BLL4
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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic knitting book October 19, 2002
For years and years I've returned to my copy of Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. It's a terrific book and explains how to knit the sweater _you_ want as opposed to a cookbook approach to replicate the sweater in a magazine.
Priscilla explains how to modify your pattern for the yarn you have, how to make it fit _you_, and then teaches you the tricks you need to successfully knit the sweater. She teaches you how to make sweaters from all over the world: Irish fisherman sweaters, Fair Isles, Norwegian, ... As a hand spinner, I love that she often works with handspun yarn, but her sweaters work just fine with commercial yarns too.
So, the bad news is that this wonderful, marvelous book is out-of-print. The really good news is that she's currently working with Deb Menz (previous editor of Interweave Press's SpinOff magazine) to revamp the book and will release it in the Spring'03. I understand that they're adding new bits and it looks quite exciting.
This means that I'll be able to get a copy to loan to friends and won't have to worry about my copy disappearing.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom! July 5, 2005
By Paula
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Knitting in the old way" is not just great patterns for ethnic sweaters, but is an excellent reference for knitting free from dependence upon a particular pattern with its precise numbers and gauge to be matched and counted. It is perfect for all of us who have a sweater pictured in our minds that we would love to design, knit, and wear; but are afraid to try because of our dependence on "knit a swatch until you have the exact gauge," etc.

The "old way" is to use the percentage system, a method whereby YOU pick the yarn YOU want (there are suggestions for which type of yarn goes best with the type of sweater you want to knit), and which size needles go best with that yarn. Then pick out a sweater or sweatshirt that you love wearing - that one you reach for most - your "comfort sweater." Measure its circumference. Then knit your 4" - 6" swatch and determine YOUR gauge. Now comes the fun. With the circumference you want, do the simple math of how many of YOUR OWN stitches it will take to get that measurement. Voila! You are now ready to figure out the rest of your sweater. No more bondage to someone else's gauge.

That basic circumference is 100%. You are now given a percentage of that number for other parts of the sweater: neck, armholes, gussets, saddles, wrists, etc. Use simple math. For example,let's say the plan shows the armhole at the shoulder being 40% of the 100% circumference. If the body has 120 stitches, then you will pick up and knit 48 stitches at the armhole. (You could also start at the cuff - and there are percentages for that, too.) There are 12 basic sweater styles to plan from, each with its own fine-tuned percentages. For length of the arms and the body, you simply use your own arms and the lengths from that favorite sweater.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bibliomaniac who loves to Knit! February 18, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"And it's amazing what YOU can do with a loop of yarn, if you take one loop, one idea, one technique at a time. Start where you are--beginner or adept--and add one new possibility at a time." This is a quote from the beginning of "Knitting in the Old Way."
Regardless of a knitter's experience or expertise, this book has a lot to offer. I have been knitting for 59 years and am thrilled to find authors who teach from the standpoint of common sense. No "Knitting Bullies" here but rather a validation of all that I have learned, along with scores of methods and techniques to make my knitting even better. The organization of material is outstanding!
I really feel that the author's approach takes all of the "mystery and scariness" out of knitting. One can plan and knit any kind of sweater whether it is very basic or adorned with beautiful color stranding, intarsia, or any number of classic ethnic designs, without being overwhelmed by complicated Patterns. You determine the size, the shape, the style, the texture and become your own designer.
It's the way Elizabeth Zimmermann taught knitting; it's the way my mother and grandmothers learned to knit; it's the way they taught me to knit; it's the way I teach others to knit. This book deserves a special place in every knitters reference library.
Having said all of that I will share one more quote from this wonderful "tome." This one is credited to a 'Nineteenth-century rhyme.'
"Life is a stocking," grandma says,"And yours has just begun. But I am knitting the toe of mine, And my work is almost done."
Every knitter deserves to have this book!
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Edition for "Old Way" March 19, 2004
Priscilla Gibson-Roberts is a top-notch knitter, spinner and scholar as well. Her classic spiral-bound volume "Knitting in the Old Way" was a coveted book on knitters' shelves.
Thankfully, it's been reissued and revised in print so that new generations of knitters can take advantage of her knowledge and skill. Here is where you can learn all about the traditional method of Norwegian knitting, where you knit a multicolor tube and essentially cut and sew, and then knit in sleeves and neck finishing. Traditional Scandinavian patterns and Eastern European techniques are featured but there is a lot more. If you like the craft of knitting mixed with ethnic history and lore, this is unparalleled. Fun to read, and yet useful as a guide to designing and knitting your own garments.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost a necessary addition to the library
I believe this book will be used a lot as a reference. Some of it is a little deep for my knowledge (as of this moment), but I will grow into it!!!
Published 2 months ago by Dianes1717
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethnic Sweater Design for Intermediate to Advanced Level Knitters
Don't let the low tech format fool you. This volume is an education in old world technique. Before machine knitting resulted in mass produced sweaters that were knit in separate... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eve Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This is a classic overview of traditionally knitted sweaters from many cultures. Easy to follow descriptions of techniques and clear illustrations make this an invaluable guide to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by ROBIN ni Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource book!
I have a copy of my own which I cherish, and this copy is for my daughter who loves to knit also !!
Published 18 months ago by Dixie Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Loved the discussion of different knitting styles as well as the various techniques to create sweaters. The overview of the different ethnic styles is also well done.
Published 23 months ago by Monica Spicker
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the best thing that happened
This book is the best thing that happened to me during my knitting explorations. I started up knowing how to knit socks (all right, not too bad for the beginner), but I was... Read more
Published on May 2, 2013 by Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a new way???
This book is a terrific reference for anyone who wants to make a really useful and unique sweater. The instructions are easy to follow and very helpful.
Published on February 8, 2013 by Cynthia Kershner
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for understanding how to plan a sweater
After reading this book at the library, I got a copy for my own. This book has useful history and descriptions. Read more
Published on February 6, 2013 by Paula
4.0 out of 5 stars A little dissapointed
I really wanted the origingal and this version no longer had the spinning and wool content in it. It is still a wonderful book with lots of information and techniques to help you... Read more
Published on January 27, 2013 by Eda egashira
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK!
if i could only have one book on knitting, this would be it! for people who don't like being bound in by patterns, either because the yarn you have is not exactly what the pattern... Read more
Published on December 6, 2012 by spinnerknitter
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