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Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets (The Harmony Guides) Paperback – October 1, 2007
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"I like that the new guides are cataloged by stitches . . . the originals were full of a little bit of everything." knitty.com
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My problems are:
* There are no charts - but there is plenty of empty space on the pages.
* There are also duplicated patterns that are identical apart from the name - why bother including the same pattern twice?
* The photographs are often taken too close in to the subject, so you can't see how the lace design looks overall. Some photos are taken between two repeats, so you don't get to see a full repeat.
* Some photos are inserted upside down.
* Some examples have not been blocked properly and been ironed instead. This means that the stitches are flattened and distorted.
But worst of all - there are some glaring knitting errors in the pictures!
I'm sad that I've wasted my money on these books. I strongly recommend you don't buy them.
First of all, who writes a lace book with how to cast on instructions? In an attempt to pick out more unusual patterns they went for all the ugly ones, not that I can tell, many of the photos are such close ups that the look of the knit fabric is lost. With all that white space (there is a ton of it) could they not have used two pictures. And I am not even to the worst part yet. Want to yarn over? Well you will have to read through instructions that say yf, yb, yfon, yfrn, yo, yon, yrn with a glossary hidden in the back after graph paper? Please, who sketches pattern ideas in a book?
There are instructions to wrap the yarn (why with seven different yarn over instructions do I now need to wrap yarn too?! Then there's knit and purl "twisted" as opposed to "KB1" which means knit into back of next stitch, as opposed to tbl. The last straw was when they told me to "draw sl st over". All this work for ugly or common stitch patterns. I am going to try to get my money back. I have never ever returned a knitting book in my life.
Oh, I forgot the ridiculous knitting platitudes sprinkled though out the book as 'tips'. It is hard to pick just one they are all so dumb but here you go a knitting tip: When you make a mistake, correct it by ripping back stitch by stitch". Gee thanks. The tip on page 29 combined two unrelated items so they make no sense all - editing I think not. Erika Knight should be thoroughly embarrassed.
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However, it lacks charts and appropriate explanation of stitches.Read more