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Exercises in Knitting Paperback – November 5, 2010
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I would think this book would be of most use to an experienced knitter, and hard to use for a beginner, given that it assumes the reader already knows how to knit, and the lack of illustrations (except for Dodo Press's goofy cover with dismembered head). Some of the knitting terminology is not in use today, and I am not sure if the "pin" (needle) sizes are the same as we use now, so the determined knitter may have to do some web research to help interpret the instructions at times. In particular, in the many patterns where every other row is "seamed", I suspect that means to purl, but don't know for sure.
Disclaimer: Four stars for interesting and curious knitting content in this book, but no stars for the Dodo Press edition because I have not seen it; my review is from the FREE online Project Gutenberg version. Since no book preview is provided in this listing (at this writing), you can get an idea of this book's content by looking at other previews available on the web or at the free kindle version. This is a modest small book: The original printing was about 130 pages, but with only 14 lines of text per page (or less, depending on headings and white space; I do not know how this edition has laid out the content).
1. German Pattern of Open Double Knitting
2. Nun's Pattern
3. Viennoise Pattern
4. Beautiful Coral Pattern
5. Beautiful Diamond Pattern
6. Pretty Feather Pattern
7. Double Rose-Leaf Pattern
8. Spider-Net Pattern
9. Shield Pattern, surrounded with Open Work
10. Canvass Pattern
11. Leaf Pattern 24
12. Another Leaf Pattern
Pretty Vandyke Border
A Knitted Bodice
Shell Knitting for a Bag
Pretty Pattern for a Basket Serviette
Pretty Open Diamond Border
Shell Pattern for a Baby's Cap
Carpet Hookah or Oriental Mat
Falf Cap for wearing under a Bonnet
Bell Pattern for a Counterpane
Beautiful Knitted Collar
New Pattern for Lace Edging
Narrow Vandyke Edging
Fringe for Chair Covers
Baby's Very Pretty Hood
wiss Pattern for the Top of a Mitten
Corkscrew Pattern Muffatees
The instructions are easy to follow, the stitch names and techniques did not change at all since 1846. The big down side is that this publication does not include illustrations, so while you are working on the project you can only see the final product in your mind's eye. If you are an experienced knitter you can envision it, otherwise it is a surprise. I knit for relaxation, so in some way I enjoyed being surprised by the final result - kind of like a mystery quilt!
If you enjoy knitting and not trying to accomplish a very specific patent, you will find following these instructions easy and be pleasantly surprised by what you created. I like these old patents and having this tangible connection to the past.
Ali Julia review