- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Schoolhouse Pr; Reissue Edition edition (May 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0942018168
- ISBN-13: 978-0942018165
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 193 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Treasury of Knitting Patterns Paperback – May, 1998
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The three volumes comprising Walker's knitting treasuries, published in 1968-72 by Scribner, have long been out of print. They have recently been reissued by Schoolhouse Press and should be seriously considered for purchase by large public libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The shorthand used for writing the patterns is easily learned and, well, just makes sense. I have encountered different ways of writing patterns (such as grids) but I always prefer Walker's shorthand. The pictures themselves are black and white and generally detailed enough to get the gist of what the pattern looks like, however, some are a bit fuzzy or simply zoomed out too much (most of them are ok though).
I have had the 2cd treasury for many years now and I think there are quite a few patterns that appear in both books. The 2cd treasury has more patterns overall, and I think, a more comprehensive lace section. However, the 1st treasury seems to have more of the basic stitches that are extremely handy if you want to knit a plain-looking garment, but perhaps you want it thicker, thinner, fluffier, denser, sturdier, or non-stretchy. Knowing different basic stitches allows you to control these variables.
Either could be quite serviceable by themselves as a general pattern book - but I just had to have both!
Also, please realize that this book is simply a pattern book for making knitted fabrics. It does not describe how to actually create a complicated garment such as a sweater or pair of gloves.
The only negative is that the photos are in black and white. But, if you like knitting samples, you're bound to find lots of gems here. I've been surprised many times by knitting samples I've done where the photo hasn't done it justice.
This book is the first of four total. In my opinion, it's the best of the four.
Please note, there aren't any patterns for completed pieces. All the patterns are for the stitch patterns only, and you are expected to use them in your own creations. I wasn't looking for complete patterns, so I have been very satisfied with the book. I've used it to design a custom lace and cable cowl for my grandmother.
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It is organized well..finding stitch patterns is easy..Read more