Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Review - Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions

Greetings from Stitchy Impressions!

Recently I purchased the book Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions written by Nancy Bush.  And I must say it is a great read!

Much like our previously reviewed book, Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition, this book also begins with a history of this unique and absolutely beautiful style of knitting.  Including an interesting andecdote about how a heart shaped pattern earned it's name Greta Garbo after the famous actress.

The book is also chalk full of old pictures as well as interesting information regarding scarf and shawl production during the days when Estonia was under Soviet control.

The next section of the book features techniques, stitch instructions, and blocking instructions as well as instuctions on grafting, casting on, and binding off.

The next section is my favorite however.  The next section is the patterns.  I've started making a pattern called "Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf" (pictured) using Mango Moon Capelli yarn in Sage.  The yarn I'm using doesn't allow much for seeing the pattern but will when it's blocked.  The instuctions on the pattern are clear and concise and the grid used for the lace pattern is very simple and easy to follow.  A lot easier then I originally thought in fact.  I was nervous to make the 7-stitch nupp that was required for the scarf, but again, the ease and clarity of the instructions soon set my mind at ease and I'm making good progress in this beautifully detailed pattern.

The last section of the book shows individual lace patterns that are not incorporated into any of the patterns but easily can be for creating your own shawls and scarves.

Overall this book is a fantastic read and a perfect addition to your crafting library!


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