In A Gathering of Lace, one of the most influential voices in knitting today, Meg Swansen, has gathered a talented and diverse group of 30 of North America's best lace knitters. The book is organized by knitter, each followed by several of his or her projects. Today "lace" doesn't just mean doilies and very fine yarns; often the yarns are not fine ...
In A Gathering of Lace, one of the most influential voices in knitting today, Meg Swansen, has gathered a talented and diverse group of 30 of North America's best lace knitters. The book is organized by knitter, each followed by several of his or her projects. Today "lace" doesn't just mean doilies and very fine yarns; often the yarns are not fine and the needles large for faster knitting and more dramatic lace. This collection includes sweaters and vests as well as shawls, scarves, gloves, and socks that range from simple to spectacular. Many knitters love to knit lace. A Gathering speaks to those who do and those who don't-yet. The first few pages of the book show anyone who can knit and purl the few additional things they need to be able to do to enjoy knitting lace: forming the basic building blocks of lace; how to read patterns; the secret of success-lace charts and how to read them; choosing yarns and the needles to match; the miracle of blocking. For fun and inspiration, a few very creative works are presented in a gallery section, among them a life-sized knitted lace boat (yes it floats-with its designer in it!), a dramatic "fur"-trimmed coat knit of plastic bags, and an heirloom wedding veil. Interspersed throughout are fully-illustrated techniques and tips from the experts.
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Very Good. Size: 12.3 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches; 173p. Owners bookplate on inside front cover. Light wear on cover. Patterns from knitting designers all over the world. full-color illustrations and instruction charts for traditional and comtemporaty patterns for lace knitting. From beginner to advanced, the 34 projects contained include designs for sweaters, vests, shawls, scarves, gloves, and socks. Color photographs, lace patterns in a variety of yarns, both chunky and fine. All designs are charted with some suitable for beginners and others for the experienced lace knitter. Inserted is an errata sheet.
Near fine to fine and bright illustrated boards in like pictorial dustjacket with crisp bright text throughout. Beautifully illustrated throughout with deep design and illustrations, drawings and photographs-most in color. Extra flyer and information from the publisher tipped in.
First Ed, so stated. Very Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows just the slightest touch of wear a a couple of the corner tips; else flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ shows light wear at the upper extremities; mild rubbing; unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. Oblong 8vo. 173pp. Edited by Elaine Rowley. Photography by Alexis Xenakis. Hardback with DJ. Yes, it's finally here! And, it is well worth the wait. This is a beautiful and BIG book-coffee table size and 174 pages. The most astounding thing about this book is the amazing range of projects offered within the theme of lace. Just among the shawls offered there are: 3 triangles, 2 rectangles, 8 circles, 2 faroese and 3 squares. Then there are garments ranging from shrugs and tunics (6) to socks (3) and a christening gown. Then, just for grins, is Debbie New's lace boat (I kid you not! ). As for the skill levels required, there are a few projects for solid beginners. (The actual knitting of lace isn't difficult--it's the keeping track of where you are in the pattern that is the trick. ) Most of the projects are best suited to knitters with some experience with lace. Beyond the patterns, there's a good techniques section in the introduction. There's also a gallery of lace projects where the designer doesn't have a written pattern available but it has some fun ideas (including the boat). There's also a section with a message from each designer. The book concludes with a section about the making of the book-coordinating 30 designers, photographing garments on several continents (and the photos are stunning). What a project for Meg Swansen to coordinate. Bottom line--a gorgeous book of patterns but with enough technique and design that you can use it as a reference too.
Every knitter who loves to knit lace should buy this book. It has a wealth of patterns that are fun yet challenging.
Apr 3, 2007
Beautiful Lace Galore
I have made 3 fabulous shawls from this book and have ear-marked another 4 or 5 to make in the future. If you are an experienced knitter, jump in. The instructions are dense which means I usually have to write them out on larger paper and keep track of where I am very carefully. Get out your chart paper and stitch markers and the results of your efforts will be well worth it. All of the patterns I have worked with have been accurate and the shawls are masterpieces. Pick an easy one to start and then tackle some of the lace weight shawls. You will really be knitting your family an heirloom for years to come.
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