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Lacy Little Knits: Clingy, Soft & A Little Risque Hardcover – July 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579907172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579907174
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful By fiber farmer VINE VOICE on July 6, 2007
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This collection of mostly tops is innovative and very pretty. I like the different ways the authors uses loose and open stitches in her patterns and the effects she gets without requiring the reader to have much actual lace knitting know how. The cover design is a take off on the "Scribble Lace" technique introduced by Debbie New in Unexpected Knitting. In that book it was cutting edge and altogether new, and this author is able to use the technique very well. It's too bad she didn't give some credit to the person who brought that technique to the table.

My favorite pattern by far is the Diagonals in Flight Cardigan. It's lovely from beginning to end and the models are gorgeous older women. I just love that!

However, I have some concerns about the book in general. I am cautious about any book that serves mostly as a brochure for a yarn company. Although I like many of the designs, this book is just that. The yarn company's website is given for further reference after each and every pattern type. To access their free bonus patterns they want to send them to you via e-mail rather than publishing them on their sight. Not for me. I also checked out the prices of some of the author's yarns and found them to be excessively pricey. Not surprisingly, yarn substitution is discouraged by the author. Had I known that these patterns were written for a specific yarn, I would never have purchased the book. For me, any pattern that assumes the knitter will knit only with a certain yarn, and that yarn only, isn't worth looking at. I believe that patterns should be written according to a stockinette gauge in order to finally fit an actual body, not to cater to and show off a yarn which may or may not be around next week. My personal quirk.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Cikk on June 26, 2007
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totally dependant on artyarns yarns. It will be VERY difficult to sub the yarns here, since the stitches are so simple that most of the effect comes from the actual yarns; many designs seem to use 2, 3 or more of their yarns, and like I said, the effect is mainly from their colours and a few yarnovers.... I'm in Europe, and thus depend on internet shopping to buy their stuff, which not many of the suppliers I know sell. And I am wary of shopping at too many different sites... I tend to stick to my few good suppliers that I trust. She does give amounts and types of yarn at the start of the pattern, then at the end she details which of her yarns have been used. But in the long intro, she says that subbing has to be done very carefully, as weight is not enough indication, the designs may not work unless the yarns are extremely similar.....

So yes, I feel more than a little ripped off. This book should have been called Lacy little knits by artyarns or something to that effect. Exquisite little knits was different. Her designs used a mix of yarns by different manufacturers. Much more user friendly.

There are some very pretty things in here, the prettiest is actually the cover look. There's also a ruffly lacey cardi which is cute. But I don't really like some of the designs - there are a tad too many modular thingies.... shrugs, shawls and so on - and I am not a fan of modular knitting, so if that's your thing, you will like this book - taste differs!

PS Conservative ladies, don't worry - unless you wear the two cardis mentioned above and a very strange halter top over bare skin, nothing in here is at all risque. Unless European and American meanings differ greatly....
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on July 18, 2007
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I met Iris once when she came to my town (in Israel) and she was knitting something for this book so I knew I wanted to own it and I am really pleased with it. Many of the items are very appealing to me and most of them are quite simple to make. Instructions seem to be very thorough with all the information I need except for one thing: the yarns called for do not have listed anywhere their weight category in the knitting standards and in addition many of the items call for using 2 yarns together so if you have to substitute and I have to, then I must go by the gauge. This means a lot more work for me. All of the yarns are made by her husband's company and because it is American and the postage has become impossible for international sales, I can't recommend this book to anyone outside the western hemisphere. Five stars anyway because it's a lovely book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ReadNReVu on January 10, 2008
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The designs in this book are not risque, but they are light and somewhat see-through. Most of the models are wearing camisoles--which are really for very slim, non-busty types. Even though the pattern sizing does run larger, most of the designs, imho, would not look good on average/larger sized women who need to wear more substantial undergarments--in this respect, the book is similar to Loop D Loop. Two exceptions are the Diagonals in Flight Sweater (although if I'm wearing a sweater, I want it to be warm) and the Chevron Ruana--they would look good on most women.

On the other hand, if some of these designs were made in some nice (and much less expensive!) cotton, or linen, they would make great bathing suit cover-ups. But you're going to have to do a lot of swatching, because the author provides no substitution information. Start with the needle sizes mentioned in each pattern and go from there with your yarn choices.

I love many of the designs, but would use them more for inspiration, because I would want to definitely use different yarns on most of them. Also, I found the directions to be written in a rather convoluted manner, which just adds to the annoyance factor.

Decent book, but do check it out of your library first to see if the patterns are to your taste.
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