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Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns Paperback – June, 1998
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The three volumes comprising Walker's knitting treasuries, published in 1968-72 by Scribner, have long been out of print. They have recently been reissued by Schoolhouse Press and should be seriously considered for purchase by large public libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Just looking through the pages is inspiring. The stitches are grouped into stitch families, lace, cable, eyelets, slip stitch patterns, twisted stitch patterns, color-work, stitches based on knit and purl variations, etc. The book also includes an index and clear chapter headings. The previous two books included only written instructions, which is a drawback for knitters who prefer to read charts and does slow the work a bit, but the stitch collection is so good that the knitter was willing to overlook it. This volume addresses that flaw in that the patterns are charted, albeit by hand on graph paper, at least in the used seventies version I acquired. I cannot speak for the re-print.
However, if the entire book had been written by hand it would still be an indispensible part of any knitter's library in terms of stitch patterns. Like Nicki Epstein's edge treatments? Walker includes all of them AND patterns to knit the rest of the garment. These works are truly encyclopedic and deserve a place on the shelf of any knitter's library. Recommended.
The internet is a great knitting resource, but you really can't beat having Barbara Walkers hard copy books at your fingertips. I must say that the only thing that would make it better is to have a digital copy of the book as well. Having the ability to search and find what you want in an instant would be a dream. However, I also love just picking up the books and browsing all of the differnt stitch patterns for inspiration.
This is part of a 5 Book Series of Knitting Stitch patterns.
Collect them...Barbara G. Walker is the Best and if you look at her books- now pretty old but not dated- you will recognize her stitch patterns in the best of current knitting designers.