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A History of Hand Knitting Hardcover – May 1, 2003
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My main complaints:
1) The dust jacket states that colour plates are included, but there are no colour plates in this book. I suspect that the plates were reprinted as black and white photos that are scattered throughout the text.
2) The text was not edited to accomodate the lack of colour plates. An example is when the author refers to "figure 7" for Charles I's light blue shirt. The figure number does not correspond to the image! The image *is* there however, but you have to look it up in the index to find it, and it is reproduced in black and white only.
Obviously, from this book, the bulk of knitting lore has survived from these areas which is a shame because most knitters are already greatly familiar with these styles. Who amongst the experienced has not knitted a cabled fancy or persisted with a delicate Shetland lace?
Mention is made, for instance, of Scandinavia and a chapter each is included on Eastern Knitting and the Americas but these are hardly extensive and serve as appetizers only. This book will not tell you about the lovely faroese shawls, so in vogue at the moment or Orenburg lace or even Turkish socks. Nor will it offer instruction on how to knit with five needles or with the yarn looped about your neck but it will tell you in which country you can find someone who does!