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A Treasury of Knitting Patterns Paperback – May, 1998
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It was the "Treasury" that turned me into a dyed-in-the-wool "knitwit". It's mind-blowing to think that so many hundreds of patterns are varieties of just two fundamental stitches, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Let your imagination loose; there's no limit on what you can make. The "Treasury" is organized into basic pattern groups, starting with simple knit-purl combinations, and advancing through ribbing, color-change patterns, slip stitch, twist stitch, and many more, all the way through lace and cable stitch patterns. The directions are very clear and concise, and the photographs are excellent. Walker doesn't give instructions for making different garments in this book, but she does explain how the patterns can be adapted to making just about anything.
One of the best (for this reviewer) chapters was the one on cable stitch knitting; here Walker tells how to design and make your own original fisherman's sweater, using any number of different cable stitch patterns. It sounded like so much fun that I decided to try it, and it came out so great that I promptly made another one, this time casting on from top to bottom and knitting the sweater sideways, so all the cables run horizontal. Talk about an original! This book really lets your creative genius loose. Use it, enjoy it, and have a lot of fun.
I regard this volume as second only to Volume 2 of the set by Barbara Walker. It contains an enormous range of patterns and although the photos are quite small they are very crisp and clear and every stitch can be seen. The layout and pattern writing is clear and coherent and I have always enjoyed picking up the book and browsing through it looking at all the different stitches. The accompanying commentary and introductions to each section provide a lot of extra detail and entertaining reading which will be helpful when applying the patterns to a garment.
In short, this is a must have for your collection of knitting patterns, regardless of your level of expertise.
These treasuries, every one of them, show to the world what an excellent mind Barbara G walker has. They are the masterpieces of one woman, not a team of people at Vogue Magazine or Reader's Digest. This genius/knitting goddess not only compiles the long-and-well-loved common traditional essentials, but is also able to construct written patterns from old pieces of knitting, invent new variations and entirely new patterns of her own that have every bit as much integrity as the traditional standbys, and then she very graciously hands them over to us earthlings, and they get so taken for granted for awhile that they even go out of print!!! Where was that at???? These important books are all gifts and are not to be squandered. There is nothing else to compare to this masterwork of Ms. Walker's. When and if there EVER is, whoever comes up with it will owe her BIG-BIG-BIG-time for breaking the ground so thoroughly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have wanted this book for quite a long time. I finally bought it and I am very happy with it.Published 1 month ago by mtayl75234
A must for all knitters! This is how I learnt to knit other than basic stitches.Published 3 months ago by Vicky
I have many favorite knitting books. This one is right near the top. It's a book of knitting patterns, just as the title says. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CRP
Just what I needed! This series has been on my wish list for years. I'm sorry I waitedPublished 7 months ago by Julzweaver