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Magnificent Mittens Hardcover – January 28, 2003
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Turns out the value is not just for the mittens, which are in every sense magnificent, but also for the techniques she uses to embellish the cuffs, and for the color patterns and colorways.
The mittens themselves have HUGE deep gauntlet cuffs that make them suitable wear for dress coats. Could be good with a cape for dramatic evening wear if you are going out somewhere COLD. The cuffs are further enriched with fringe, embroidery, duplicate stitch, and other edgings. A method is given for lining the mittens with angora if you choose, to make them extremely comfortable and very warm to wear.
The patterns are based on Turkish color knitting, eye-teasing repeating patterns that are quite different than Fairisle or Norwegian knitting. These are related to Islamic art, where repeating, interlocking geometrics are used since Islamic art forbids the representation of anything from nature. The colors are rich and exciting. In addition to the color and embellishment, Anna Zilboorg provides several ways of attaching the mitten thumb (on the palm or side "sore thumb sticking out" methods.)
BUT...even if you don't want to knit a single mitten, the techniques for fringe and edgings, plus the color patterns are useful for pillows, sweaters, hats, socks, and more. Either way, this book is a visual treat (wonderfully photographed and printed by XRX press) and a treasure to own for any knitter.
They are knitted from tip to cuff, not in the other direction. This is opposite to the mitten design that most Western knitters are familiar with, and instructions for the cast on technique are extensive, detailed, and are both illustrated and photographed. Ms Zilboorg prefers a peasant thumb with no gore (which she ingeniously calculates to fool the eye into disappearing by using the same patterning as the hand itself; she calls it an "invisible thumb"), but also includes some designs with a thumb gusset attached at the side of the mitten, instead.
The biggest drawback to this book's approach is its unswerving adherence to one basic mitten design structure. An unvarying knitting gauge is unhelpful for those who prefer yarns of different weights, or for a mitten wearer whose hand is a very different size (especially bigger).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not easy to follow--you have to flip back and forth between the particular pattern you've chosen and the instructions at various levels and in various places in the book. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by leah g.
This is a fantastic book. The instructions are very good and I've ended up making MANY of the mittens, with rave reviews.Published on June 11, 2013 by mary boss
A gorgeous knitting book that is well explained and I echo all the other reviews. According to information on the publisher's website, the book is being reissued in November of... Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by NJN Knitter
These are the most beautiful mittens I have ever seen. Luckily, I was able to enroll in a class that taught the techniques in this book. Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by Fairbanks Reader
I wanted to rate it 4 and 1/2 stars.
I like this book. It has lots of patterns good for other small items like hats and socks. Read more
I love to knit mittens and socks. I am just a bit more than a novice knitter having made plain, serviceable socks and mittens, with interesting yarns. Read morePublished on January 2, 2002 by bb
This book was beautiful and inspiring. The cast on was challenging, but well worth the effort. Just looking at this book makes you feel good, dying to get you hands on some... Read morePublished on August 28, 2000