- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Interweave; Third Printing edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883010594
- ISBN-13: 978-1883010591
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Folk Shawls: 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world (Folk Knitting series) Paperback – April 1, 2000
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From Library Journal
Oberle is a freelance knitwear designer and knitting instructor whose teaching emphasis has been on shawls and lace. Folk Shawls, her first book, features designs for 25 beautiful shawls derived from folk traditions around the world, including Ireland, Scotland, Japan, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Victorian England, Russia, Mexico, South America, Norway, the Himalayas, Spain, Native America, and the American heartland. Oberle introduces each shawl with a brief description of its cultural background, and her instructions include a full-color photo of the shawl, a materials list, and both written and charted instructions. This outstanding contribution to the literature of knitting is generally recommended for public libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
Oberle does not waste the experienced knitter's time with a how-to section. There is a "techniques" chapter, but it only gives instructions for specific methods used in the patterns. These are methods that will probably be familiar to experts, but the chapter is informative for beginning and intermediate knitters.
I say it's "mostly" a pattern book, but the construction of each design is broken down in such a way that a knitter of intermediate or higher skill level could adapt it for a different yarn and gauge. So in that sense, it is also a book of inspiration.
There are 25 patterns in the book and stories about each shawl and how they came to be. The shawls illustrated are beautiful and show the craftsmanship and design skills of knitters around the world.
The directions are clear and easy to follow, no matter what level of skill you have. In addition, the beginning of the book shows techniques one needs in order to knit the various shawls. The book illustrates triangular, square and rectangular shawls.
I have enjoyed reading this book to see how various shawls came to be and I can't wait to begin the Wool Peddler's Shawl and show it off to my knitting friends. It's well worth the price and a good value.