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Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions (2008)

by Nancy Bush

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The laces in this book are incredibly elegant - airy, lacy, gorgeous things, if you prefer your shawls on the intricate and wispy side, you are in luck! The photos of the lace are also quite good, and the book's layout is pretty much perfect. Also, everything is charted - much easier for me to memorize than lines of words! It's a great knitting book, and essential for anyone who loves to knit lace. ( )
  391 | Mar 19, 2012 |
I'm fairly new to lace knitting so this book appealed to me as a way of learning more about techniques. It was well worth the money just for the patterns alone, which introduce all sorts of techniques I haven't yet tried. Expect to find knitted-on and sewn-on edges and three completely different approaches to the triangular shawl (although most of the patterns are for square or rectangular shawls, or scarves).

This isn't for the novice knitter unless you're very determined - some of the techniques are quite challenging. That said, I find that most patterns are much simpler than they look once you get started on them. Ms Bush includes a lot of information about techniques, so it'll also be a useful reference - plus, she gives a wealth of information about the history of Estonian lace and the knitters of the area of Estonia from which most of these patterns are derived. I would have liked a few more patterns in the sample collection at the back of the book.

I find myself looking quite often at this book - I'm rather backed up with projects right now, but as soon as I can I'll be embarking on one of the triangular shawls, which is one of the prettiest shawl patterns I've seen. This is an excellent buy. ( )
  JaneSteen | Nov 14, 2009 |
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"Deepen your knowledge of knitting in Estonia with this in-depth look at the west coast town of Haapsalu, its knitting traditions, and how to make them your own. Estonian knitting authority Nancy Bush has researched traditional lace-making techniques and in 'Knitted Lace of Estonia' offers modern adaptations of the classic ways to construct shawls and scarves"--Cover, p. 4.… (more)

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