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Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade Paperback – May 11, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale; 1st edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564779769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564779762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Poller VINE VOICE on June 2, 2010
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Donna discovered the little known pioneering work of Dorothy Reade in the field of lace knitting patterns. Dorothy developed her own charting system for lace patterns using mainly just 10 symbols. Her first book published in 1968 was spiral bound with 25 original designs for lace knitting and cost $4.50. I bought that book years ago at Knitting camp. Donna contacted 16 designers giving to each one a pattern of Dorothy's and asked them to design a knitting project using that lace pattern. Donna begins with a short biography of Dorothy and then an intro to her lace knitting patterns and finally an explanation of the techniques used. All the 20 designs have been written out but with charts in a more modern chart used today. First project is an actual stole designed by Dorothy Reade. There are 4 more shawls. Also included are socks and hand warmers, baby cardi and blankie, wimple, 5 sweaters, afghan, etc. Yarns used also vary from the finest to chunky. Book includes designer bios and index. Book is rewarding on two levels: first as good knitting history and second for the lovely projects. Recommended to all.
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I bought this book sight unseen which was a mistake. The introductory chapter on Dorothy Reade is excellent. The patterns are to my eye, very very basic. I am a fair to middling lace knitter, no expert. There is nothing here I'd suggest to anyone who has any lace skills. I do think it would be an encouraging book to give beginners who fear lace work. While some of the patterns are classic and simple there is one that is tremendously ugly (Cherry tree (?) shawl....a mess of color and variegated yarn with a lace medallion and fringe. Ugh.). I allow every book an ugly pattern so I'd not rate the book only on that.

Lace charts made lacework much easier for most of us and the book does a good job exploring the history of lace patterns. In the beginning, there are some photos of lovely lacework by Dorothy Reade. I particularly liked a circular motif in one photo. Sadly, nothing like that is in the book's patterns. I'll not keep this book but will probably gift it to a beginner.
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This is Donna Druchunas doing what she does best! Her respect for history is to be honored just as she has honored Dorothy Reade bringing her name, many contributions, and remarkable spirit to light. The original photos of Dorothy Reade and her work are delightful to see. Donna does not only present us with Dorothy Reade's accomplishments and approaches to knitting, she also gives us a sense of Dorothy as a strong and fascinating person. The 20 new designs by contemporary designers utilizing lace stitch motifs from Dorothy Reade are quite varied from socks to shawls to sweaters to afghans and more. Another unique book from Donna Druchunas!
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I am so happy that I purchased this new book by Donna Druchunas! I live in Alaska and have taken her Arctic Lace class, which has set me on a path to higher levels of lace knitting. One of my fiber friends, Alice Scherp, has the most beautiful item in this book, a Quiviut lace shawl. Handspun, hand dyed, and handknit, it is a testimony to the ageless beauty of lace, and to Alice's skill and willingness to teach and share her patterns with us.
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If you are a more advanced knitter and like to make wearables, this is a great book of patterns. The cover is even a plus as it is plasticized and has a flap that works as a bookmark. The book celebrates the work of Dorothy Reade who made great strides in knitting but is not a well-known as others.

17 projects to choose from which include tops, shawls, socks and even a table runner! This is one project that I might even try as it is skilled at EASY! I will have to bone up on how to read a chart before I begin as that is the way the pattern is written. That won't be a problem as there is a section on just how to do that.

The first section is a history of Ms. Reade and her work. Photos of her lace pieces, carding wool and spinning are included. The next six pages are knitting basics and where the how to read a chart is included.

Each pattern starts with a blurb and a photo. A skill level, materials needed and gauge are next. The chart to create the item follows.

If your skill levels included a comfort zone with reading charts or you want to stretch your skills, this is a wonderful book with great projects to create.
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Successful Lace Knitting celebrates Dorothy Reade's fine creations and provides techniques and lace patterns from the 'mother of modern lace knitting'. From shawls and cardigans to stoles and placemats, this offers over 20 new designs by top designers influenced by Dorothy Reade, plus techniques and color photos throughout! Very highly recommended!
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I am an avid lace knitter. I love to knit just about any lace pattern that is good and I am particular about the patterns that I choose. Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade, written by Donna Druchunas and published by Martingale and Company is a gem of a book. It is a celebration of the work of Dorothy Reade, not as well known as her compatriots Barbara Walker and Elizabeth Zimmerman, but every bit as creative and celebrated. Dorothy Reade's hand-knitted pieces, "between 1964 and 1969 alone, were featured in almost 20 exhibits and museums. In addition she taught knitting and spinning workshops and pioneered the use of charts for communicating complex knitting instructions." This book gives a fine history of Dorothy Reade both by the author and in Ms. Reade's own words. Her story is fascinating.

How to start speaking about the patterns? They are magnificent and most of them are ones I want to knit. The very first one is a Handspun Medallion Stole knit with 2-ply lace weight yarn. The color is a soft tan and there is lace throughout. The Table Runner is to die for. It is knit with fingering yarn that is variegated in color from blue to gold hues. It would brighten up and beautify any table. The Lace Mesh Triangular Shawl is yummy. It is knit with Jamieson 2-ply Shetland and would be a wonderful accessory to any outfit. The color shown is black. I love the Ripple and Bead Cardigan knit with Light Worsted. It's shown in an orange color that is very beautiful. It is hip length and I just love longer sweaters. The Trillis and Flowers Stole is elegant. It may be my favorite pattern in the book. It is knit with qiviut and silk.
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