4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful patterns of uncertain sizes,
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This review is from: Norwegian Mittens and Gloves (Hardcover)
The patterns in this book are beautiful, and written in a straightforward way. The charts were very clear and in color. There is a very helpful section about mitten anatomy, including different styles of cuffs, and very detailed instructions on thumbs. There are a couple things, however, that I wish I had known before buying it.
- The pattern sizing leaves a lot to be desired. Each of the patterns are written for one size only. For example, the reindeer gloves on the cover are women's gloves. If you want to make them for a man or child, you'll be reworking the pattern on your own. Also, some of the sizes for the other patterns are vague, and labelled "Child," or "Woman's and Man's" (for gloves). For the amount of time that is going to go into these mittens/gloves, I'd like to have a better idea whether they'll fit.
- The patterns were designed using the same Norwegian sport weight wool, which would have to be ordered specially online (and I have only found one that carries it), or substituted. Along the same line, all patterns recommend size 1.5 (US) double pointed needles, which I have never seen locally.
There are some wonderful patterns, and the charts are definitely versatile. However, it looks like it will take some doing to find the materials needed, and maybe some tweaking to properly size patterns to my needs.