The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More


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The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More

Author: Elizabeth Lovick
Pages: 144
Genre(s): Crafts & Hobbies
Publisher: St. Martin\'s Griffin
Publication Year: 2013

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The ethereal beauty and intricacy of Shetland lace knitting might seem beyond the powers of the everyday knitter, but the skills needed are within the reach of everyone who can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting is designed to take the novice knitter from their first "yarn over" through the steps needed to master the more complex patterns. The techniques are introduced with clear step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed photographs of knitted samples. Aimed primarily at beginners, more experienced knitters will also appreciate the way the book organizes the stitches, allowing for easy substitution of patterns. Those interested in different lace traditions will be excited by the collection of specifically-Shetland stitches. And as more knitters want to stretch themselves and learn new techniques, this book will be a useful guide aimed at helping these knitters take their first steps in making a Shetland lace project. Included are all the traditional Shetland motifs, patterns, and insertions including Cat's Paw, Candlelight, Horse Shoe, and many more. With suggestions for how to work the different stitches into elegant and traditional Shetland Lace accessories such as scarves, hats, and shawls. Atmospheric photographs taken in the wild Scottish landscape and historical information about the development of Shetland lace are sure to delight all knitters and textile lovers.

Elizabeth Lovick is one of my favourite designers.  She does a really great job of interpreting historical traditions and this book is a treat.  It starts with a history of Shetland Lace knitting and goes full tilt into techniques.   This book includes a lot of ideas so that you can create your own lace design.  She describes how to put motifs together and how to design your own shawl or garment.  This is followed by a nice stitch dictionary, supplying you with a lot of the classic lace stitches used in Shetland Lace knitting.    The index of stitches has thumbnails of each stitch for easy reference.  You can find my favourite Old Shale on page 108.  Feather and Fan is correctly shown on page 99. She has a lovely section on dealing with mistakes, including a picture of each repair that she's explained so that you can see that it is an effective fix.  Finally there are ten projects but there are really more when you count the ideas she's supplied in the previous sections.   Altogether this is a quite satisfying book and worth adding to a library.

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