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Latvian Mittens: Traditional Designs & Techniques Paperback – August, 1997
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There are several full length patterns in the book that explain the different techniques used to create the mittens in the book, but then there are many, many more charts in the back of the book, as well as color photographs of finished mittens corresponding to the charts. I don't think this is a great book if you are a very beginning knitter, but I do think that if you've learned how to knit, purl, increase and decrease and done a stranded color project, you should do fine with this book. As another reviewer said, you have to piece together the techniques from other sections of the book to make any of the charts in the back, but really, it's not that hard, and the instructions are clear.
My only criticism of the book is that the charts themselves are in black and white and a little crowded together. Otherwise, I found this book to be well worth the money I spent, and I plan to make lots of the mittens found in it, as well as probably mixing and matching to make my own, unique, mittens.
Even though you probably won't want to make as many mittens as a Latvian bride should need for her dowry, you will be inspired by the variety. The patterns, colorways and edgings are quite useful for adapting to other knitting designs like sweaters, hats and vests.
All my grandparents came from Latvia, and I wish they'd been able to bring some of these wonderful folk handworks with them when they came to America. I would have loved to have seen some from the old country. The author has done a great job in documenting the patterns and the lore behind them.
Although I would be hesitant to say this is a wonderful beginner's book, I consider myself a beginner at not only mittens but fair isle/color work and this book has proved to be an invaluable reference since she takes the time to write out directions for some of the mittens (so you don't have to rely specifically on the graphs).
Lastly, I have learned many new techniques and feel as though this book has not only helped my "mitten making" but has increased my skill as a knitter.
This book has many color photos of amazing patterns to knit. This edition is out of print and a new one is being published, with an expanded set of patterns and photos.
Totally disappointed - I'm returning the book and will wait for a better version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely beautiful! Text is rich with interest ethnic origins and meanings of these beautiful designs; knitting architecture is interesting, challenging, and very well... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane in Wisconsin
An excellent addition to my color work books. I learned alot loved the graphs. I think anyone who loves color changes and making treasured gifts will enjoy this book and use it... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Tretter
I just love the book an all the wonderful latvian patterns.Published 14 months ago by Guri Halvorsen
I had seen references to this book for a long time, so I was quite excited to get my own copy. It has everything that I thought it would. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian in Valdosta