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A History of Hand Knitting Hardcover – May 1, 2003
"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absolute classic and a wonderful addition to any knitter's library!Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is an excellent addition to any dedicated knitter's library, especially those curious about the history and origins of the craft. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alice
The book is just amazing and very in depth as far as the history of Knitting. Richard Rutt certainly excelled with this book. Just my humble opinion.Published on December 2, 2013 by Ms. T. R. Walker
I belong to a history reenacting group. I was looking for a book to help me find the history of knitting. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by smiles4100
I Love this book! It is very easy to understand, has everything I was looking for and laid out very well. I would recommend every knitter have this in their reference library!!! Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Carma Lujan
I am about 3/4 of the way through this book, and it has been very interesting. If you're a knitter, you will find all kinds of history on how and where and why knitting started. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Just An Arizona Grammy