- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Shetland Times Ltd (May 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1898852758
- ISBN-13: 978-1898852759
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heirloom Knitting Paperback – May 18, 2002
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The stitch dictionary section of the book is charted, but the charts have large symbols and a guide to their meanings, so they are very clear. If you require a stitch dictionary with full written instructions, this book may not be for you. It also has pages about suitable yarns, designing and swatching, shawl construction - traditional vs modern, triangular and circular. This is a book I know I will refer to frequently.
This may well be the book for you.
It's not full simply of patterns for shawls and such that you can knit (though it has them). No, this is a complete compendium of Shetland Lace. And when I say "complete" I really mean complete. Exhaustive, in fact. If you have a question about Shetland lace chances are the answer is in this book.
Sharon Miller starts off with a history of lace knitting in the Shetland isles, and then moves into technical details about knitting techniques (cast-ons, yarn joins, and the like). Next comes stitch patterns. Dozens of lace patterns, sorted by type (centers, borders, edgings) and difficulty. This alone makes this a great resource.
But wait, there's more! (As they say) The next section is a thorough, detailed examination of how these shawls (and other lace garments) are put together. The proportions, the construction, how to handle the designs at the corners. Everything. And then this is folowed by a collection of her own designs, which are always fabulous. Not just shawls, but christening gowns and lace edgings.
Oh, this is beautiful stuff.
Now, it must be said that most of the illustrations are in black and white, but this doesn't hurt the book at all, since most of the illustrations are showing off the LACE, and that's most easily done by white-on-black photographs. There are some color photos, though, if that's important to you. The index is thorough, the details are incredible.
I think this is the most expensive book I have in my library. But I will also tell you that this is one book I will NOT give up. It's fantastic. The lace is inspiring, the patterns exquisite. It's worth every penny.
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Nice explanation about the history of lace knitting.
A lot of great patterns. Every patterns is in the book as photo and as pattern.