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Crazy Lace:an artistic approach to Creative Lace Knitting Paperback – November 2, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
HOWEVER... if you have wanted to learn to knit lace and found yourself completely overwhelmed and paralyzed by the charts in books and patterns, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd rather have FUN knitting lace than sweating over every stitch... and frogging more than you knit, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you are a rebel at heart and really don't like being told what to do and how to do it, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to understand how lace WORKS... why it does what it does when it does it, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to sit down with nothing other than your needles and yarn and knit lace "without a net," I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to learn "Lace Logic" so you can chart and graph your OWN lace patterns, you yourself personally, I strongly encourage you to consider this book.
Most other lace books teach you to read lace by sight... literally. You have to learn what all the symbols mean to even begin to knit lace with most of them.Read more ›
Here is a list of some of the differences between Crazy Lace (CL) and Traditional Lace (TL)
TL - follow a chart or written instructions or both
CL - use a chart or written instructions for stitch patterns or just wing it.
TL - count sts and rows
CL - you can count if you want to
TL - everything needs to work out mathematically
CL - missing a stitch? Just add it in later
TL - work 3 nights to progress 6 rows, discover a mistake and rip it all out
CL - what mistake? it's a design element!
TL - must give all my attention
CL - can watch tv, carry on a conversation and knit lace all at the same time
TL - can make me Crazy!
CL - calms me down
Within hours of Myra outlining her concepts for Crazy Lace, I was happily knitting a circular shawl and was able to finish it in a couple of days with no trauma, no frogging, and no stress!
As Jen said - if you are looking for a book of patterns - this is not for you! But if you want enough inspiration to keep you going all winter and beyond, you will find it in Crazy Lace!
And did I mention that the book design and photography are mind blowingly beautiful?
"Crazy lace", as the author explains in the introduction, is lace knitted without any charts. However, nearly the entire book is devoted to simple instructions on (1) materials (selecting yarn, color, needles, tools); (2) how lace is created (using eyelets, increases, decreases); (3) casting on and binding off, (4) creating charts (but isn't this about uncharted lace?); (5) knitting a sampler scarf using the few included charted lace patterns; (6) knitting different shapes (center-out and mitred squares, triangles, rectangles, starbursts, circles, semi-circles); (7) blocking; (8) attaching edgings (knitted on and sewn); and (9) adding ruffles and ruches as embellishments.
There are four pages (two consisting of full-page photos) that are devoted to knitting "random crazy lace". These instructions are extremely general. For example, the author advises that "[y]ou're free to vary the holes and stitches across every single row . . . as long as the final stitch count is maintained for the shape you are making." Or she suggests that "[f]or an organic feel, create different sized holes in different areas."
The entire book is only 100 pages long. One page consists of a grid for charting, one is a bibliographical page of references, five pages are devoted to 25 small lace pattern charts, some 21 pages consist of full-page photos (models showing garments, or closeups of knitted lace fabric), and many of the pages have overlarge, closeup photos that take up much of the page. The text itself--what there is of it--is presented in fairly large type.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you hate charts or want to be a designer, this book will inspire you to go for it. No pattern required. Very ice photography throughout.Published 3 months ago by Mae Newman
It is a wonderful reference for any knitter. I like the lace patterns included and clear directions. Gave my print copy to a friend, then had to get another for me!Published 6 months ago by Sharon Mooney
Love this publication! It inspires creativity and coloring outside the lines!Published 9 months ago by Julia B. Dudley
This book inspired me to knit a crazy lace free form shawl that was so easy.Published 14 months ago by karen nelson
Getting this book on Kindle was huge for me. The type is very small, but the cost of a used book is outrageous and this book is wonderful for creating lace that is wild and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nancy Lindquist
Horrible for a kindle e book, the print is so tiny you would need a magnifying glass to read! I'm so unhappy that I borrowed this for my free prime lending library book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by tina s