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Country Weekend Knits: 25 Classic Patterns for Timeless Knitwear Paperback – October 28, 2008

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About the Author

MADELINE WESTON and her partner opened their shop The Scottish Merchant in Covent Garden in 1970, and for 20 years it was known as the place in London for buying beautifully made, authentic garments sourced from all parts of the British Isles. Madeline also owned a yarn shop and has done extensive research into traditional knitting patterns; an authority on the subject, she is the author of Country Weekend Socks. She now lives in Norfolk, UK.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312388098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312388096
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 29, 2008
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I have just received this book, and have only looked through it at this point. I preordered this, and had no idea what patterns it may contain.
I am happily anxious to start some of the items I see here.
There are many patterns, 25 in all, consisting of ganseys, arans,fairisle and Shetland Lace, and includes men's and women's garments: pullovers, cardigans, vests, and many short sleeved summery items, which are particularly nice and wearable. The first item I will make is a beautiful gansey called Eriskay, just gorgeous. A large variety of yarns are used, and I think there is something special in here for anyone interested in hand knits.
I classify most of the patterns as classic, functional, and as pretty/handsome garments. The book is a softcover with photography that shows each item well, and everything is modelled by people who look like real people.
Very highly recommended.
One note, though, most of the patterns, except for the Fairisles and a couple of rudimentary stitch charts, have written rather than graphed directions, which suits me well, but will not please some. There are also no illustrations of pattern pieces with dimensions given, so these look more like patterns of years ago. There are some basic techniques given in the back of the book, but these are minimal.
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If you already own Classic British Knits by Weston, don't buy this book! It re-presents 25 patterns from that older book in new colors and photographed in new settings. (The older book has about 40 patterns.)

If you don't have the older book, this one is great if you love traditional knitting -- Fair Isle, Arans, ganseys, and Shetland lace.
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This book is full of beautiful patterns, but they were previously published in Classic British Knits/ The Traditional Sweater Book. Don't buy this book if you already own the others.
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As a previous customer review points out, the designs in this book are not new--they are selected from Madeline Weston's 1986 book, CLASSIC BRITISH KNITS (40 patterns). However, the 25 patterns have been updated to specify currently available yarns, and the designs have been rephotographed so beautifully, in outdoor settings on living persons, that knitting book collectors may want to purchase the book just for the photos. The patterns themselves have withstood the test of time, and at least some of them have been reknit in modern yarns.
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While the sweaters in this book are undoubtedly lovely, I cannot help but be severely annoyed. I had bought Weston's 'Traditional Sweater' book not long ago and found, to my great disappointment, that most of the sweaters in the Country Weekend Knits are taken from the other book (or vice versa). So now I have two books, different titles, different format, and the same sweaters.
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I like the selections of patterns. A very helpful book! Aran and gansey sweaters are my favorite designs to knit.

Edited to add: I am a little over halfway through knitting the Eriskay Gansey sweater and have found three errors so far. It is a poorly laid out pattern. The only reason I'm continuing on with the sweater is because I really, really like the design and want that sweater. When I'm finished with the sweater and know what all is wrong with the pattern, I will post again with an errata.

BTW, I couldn't find any errata online. Should anyone know of any, I sure would like to know where I can find them.
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Another fabulous cable book. A must have for every cable loving knitter. Have knitted 2 items and found easy to follow instructions. Very happy with purchase.
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I received this book and looked through it for the first time. There were about 4 patterns that I'd like to make immediately.
I never saw the previous version, but the patterns and colorways are beautiful. The photography is great and you
can make out the patterns easily. I can't wait to get started with a sweater or two or three from this wonderful book.
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