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Lace Knitting to Go: 25 Lovely Laces to Use for Edgings, Embellishments, and More Cards – September 1, 2008


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About the Author

A Toronto native, Andrea Tung is currently studying fashion design in London. She attended Ryerson University and majored in fashion design. She has worked at Holt Renfrew and Joseph Mimran and Associated (both fashion design firms). In 2005, she founded Fable Handknit (www.fablehandknit.com), a luxury yarn company. She writes a Blog called Making Things (andreatung.blogspot.com) to inspire knitters and crafters alike. She is also the author of "Hats, Mittens & Scarves" (Chronicle, F07, 8K).
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Product Details

  • Cards: 25 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811864235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811864237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great for beginner or more accomplished lace knitter.
Glasspony
The directions are well written, easy to follow, and include written instructions as well as charts (helpful for anyone learning to read charts!)
bookmonster
Since they are on folded cards, I can prop the instructions, with chart and photo in front of me as I knit - I'm new at this!
SWOregonDem

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Diane on January 2, 2011
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Just wanted to let you know that this is a collection of different lace stitches, not patterns for lace shawls or other items. Some of the pictures show up pretty well, others not so much. Some of the printing must have been in blue or some color other than black because it shows up 1/2 as dark. It's not illegible but it is irritating. The diagrams are also in a lighter print but most of them show up well as they are a nice size on my K3. The upside it's a nice collection of stitch patterns, I'm sure they will show up better on my PC and I would probably print out any I wanted to use. There are 25 lace patterns that you could insert into a generic shawl or sweater to make them one of a kind.

I just bought this and took a look at it so I can't review how error-free the patterns or the diagrams are.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kaleidocherry VINE VOICE on April 15, 2009
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I like to copy out my knitting patterns on 3x5 cards so I can keep them near me while I knit instead of referring to a big book or magazine that will keep falling off the chair. So I really expected this to be a great thing, especially since I'm just now getting into lace knitting. Well, these are nice designs printed on high-quality cardstock in a very sturdy box, with a card of yarn terms (how to do YO and so on), but the problem I find is that the cards are big! Almost greeting-card-sized (though much sturdier), and folded in half. What I mean is that the folded size is almost like a greeting card. The front has a picture of the finished swatch or item, in color (nice pics); the inside of the card has the instructions. So, for me this is not useful; they are still pretty big and will be awkward to have on the couch or the arm of my knitting chair. But it is a nice item. It would be a good gift idea for a knitter because it has nice ideas even though it didn't work for me.
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By bookmonster on June 28, 2011
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These cards are a great resource for anyone interested in lace knitting, but a bit apprehensive about making the plunge. The directions are well written, easy to follow, and include written instructions as well as charts (helpful for anyone learning to read charts!) The cards are a great size for slipping into your knitting bag, and sturdy enough that you needn't worry about them getting crumpled.

If you have any lace knitting experience, you will likely tire of these cards quickly. While the simplicity of the patterns is great for beginners, experienced lace knitters may find that simplicity boring and repetitive. There are a few stitches that are fresh and fun, but most could probably be found in one of the numerous free stitch libraries on the internet.

Bottom line: If you're new to lace knitting, these are a great way to get started. If you've had some experience with lace knitting, you may enjoy these as a reference, but would probably be happier with something a bit more advanced.
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This set of lace stitch cards is pretty nifty. I've shuffled the "deck" so my favorites are on top. Can't do that with a book! :) The photos are, for most of the patterns, clear which is beneficial to me as I haven't reached the point of being able to imagine what a pattern will look like from the written instructions. Wonder if I'll ever reach that point?

*As a favor to beginners like myself, would the Master Knitters writing reviews include recommendations for other books they've reviewed that would help us along towards our goal of becoming proficient knitters?

That said, I'd like to mention Maggie Righetti's, "Knitting in Plain English". There are a few lace patterns in it and I'm actually knitting one (the most basic & simplest) which is turning out to be very cute! Using the tips and ideas provided in her book has saved a lot of my hair. ;)
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By SunnyN199 on October 3, 2012
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I ran across these cards in looking for knitting patterns to keep in my library. I enjoy doing lace very much and thought they would be great to carry around when knitting instead of a book. My opinion, is that they are very basic. If you are just a beginner with lace and want to make a small project to step into the world of lace knitting these would be perfect. For the experienced knitter, not so much. I put them away and perhaps will gift them to a friend that is just starting knitting projects.
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By Caroline Daemen on July 14, 2013
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Fine book withna lot of ideaa and good explanations, here and there I had some problems with the translation, but this has nothing tot do with the quality of the book.
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By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2013
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I use this via the android Kindle app on my cell phone. It shows
well on my 4.5 inch screen. I like the idea of having this reference
in an easy to carry format. As long as my phone is charged and I have a small
tote of yarn and needles with me, my hands will never be idle. I have several pattern
books that I use in this way. I plan to purchase a protective cover for me phone that
has a kickstand so that I can have the screen propped up for viewing while I hold
my knitting in my hands.
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While there are no directions given for a completed sweater or afghans, the author gives easy to understand directions for completing the pattern,including a chart, and a color picture of the completed pattern.

The author gives suggestions for use and the stitches can be adapted to many different uses, such as curtains or afghan, even sweaters.
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