Most helpful critical review
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Loopy Lace - almost, but not quite, exactly unlike wearable lace
on August 9, 2011
I really wanted to like this one. I really enjoyed the original Durham Loop-d-Loop book and thought that it had many novel designs that were unique, but still functional. Yes, you can wear any of the knit lace numbers from Loop-d-Loop lace - but first off, the patterns seem kind of um... ordinary, especially for Teva Durham. The one on the cover is probably the most wearable, but upon closer inspection - this is just a typical cardigan with lace panels, ruffles and 3/4 sleeves. The rest of the book has things like a lace blouse with what looked like a side zipper (but was really some kind of funky closures) - kind of ugly and impractical or lace panels in pullovers that would require you to wear a shirt underneath. Sure, all these patterns can be modded to suit one's taste, but they all have sort of a hodge-podge novice-knitter feel to them, rather than designs that had a lot of thought put into them. It almost feels as if this was just thrown together. The butterfly lace tunic is probably the best, followed by the bell sleeve blouse - though there are a lot of complaints that there are mistakes on the sleeves. I seriously don't feel there is anything in here that is spectacular enough to purchase the book for - nothing that can't just as easily be found in the stitch dictionaries of any of the Walker books and then added to some traditional piece of clothing or otherwise found as a free pattern on ravelry. I've seen better lace wraps, more spectacular lace shawls, better designed and beautiful lace-panel sweaters and generally better thought out designs. As for projects like the ottoman cover or the sunflower satchel - um... anyone with a bit of knitting skills can do these projects without a pattern, except maybe a stitch dictionary. Meh...