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Folk Knitting in Estonia [Paperback]

Nancy Bush
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Jan. 1 2000 Folk Knitting series
In Estonia, knitted gloves, mittens, and socks are traditional symbols, gifts, and dowries. American knitters can finally learn the traditions behind Estonian knitting and the techniques necessary to recreate it. Illustrated step-by-step instructions guide readers through unfamiliar techniques. Detailed instructions for 25 gloves, mittens, and socks plus charts for traditional lace and multicolored patterns are included. A brief history of Estonia itself and a section on the folk culture provide a background to the technical instructions.

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The handknitted footwear of European folk cultures from Scotland to Greece to Estonia was the focus of Folk Socks, Bush's earlier book. To research her current book, she returned to Estonia to study its history, cultural traditions, and local knitting techniques and patterns. For centuries, the art of knitting played a significant part in the everyday life of Estonia, but as the country becomes more and more Westernized, knitting is in danger of dying out. Bush has done a great service in preserving the story of these traditions and teaching them to a new generation of knitters in the West. She pays particular attention to knitting techniques little known in the West such as the double-start cast-on, knitted-in braids, and the aptly named "Heart of a Blossom" toe finish. With 25 projects, all of them enchanting; highly recommended for large public and academic libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Northern Europe. She is the author of Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, Knitting on the Road, Knitting Vintage Socks, and Knitted Lace of Estonia. Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Knitting in Estonia July 11 2000
Format:Paperback
Nancy has done it again. Her book is a delight and a great "portable project" book. The illustrations, instructions, and patterns are very easy to follow and techniques are unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Knitting in Estonia:A Garland of Symbolism July 11 2000
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Nancy Bush has done it again. She makes you feel like you are a part of the knitter's families in Estonia. Her illustrations and technique explanations are flawless and the patterns are unique and very easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true cultural treasure chest Aug. 5 2009
By KaMaRa
Format:Paperback
Anyone with an interest in nordic knitting patterns would be very wise to include this treasure trove in their library. The patterns are stunning and very knittable, even by a beginner like me. The variety in Estonian national costumes is stunning... naturally, knit mitts and stockings are an important part of this statement of identity. I was loath to give away the mitts and gloves I made... almost wanted to make an extra mitt or glove to frame and display in my own home. This is more than just knitting... it's creating art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Knitting in Estonia July 11 2000
By Linda S. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nancy has done it again. Her book is a delight and a great "portable project" book. The illustrations, instructions, and patterns are very easy to follow and techniques are unique.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be in your knitting library! Dec 24 2009
By Tina Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First, and most importantly for a pattern book: the patterns work! After completing several of the delightful small projects in this book focused on mittens and socks, I am deeply impressed with the quality of the designs, the care that was put into the illustrations, especially for special stitches, and the reliability of the yarn recommendations.
The book also gives a delightful overview of Estonian culture and the history of knitting in this baltic Nation. The patters are a great balance of traditional pieces and some very fanciful adaptations. This is clearly not for complete beginners in knitting, but not all the projects are highly complicated, so there is no need to shy away, either.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Knitting in Estonia:A Garland of Symbolism July 11 2000
By Linda S. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nancy Bush has done it again. She makes you feel like you are a part of the knitter's families in Estonia. Her illustrations and technique explanations are flawless and the patterns are unique and very easy to follow.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Hate, Don't Love May 9 2012
By Doris Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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The most interesting part of this book is the Estonian technique section. The selection of yarns used in the projects: socks, gloves, & mittens over & over again, is escoteric to say the least. I realize this book is dated & yarns come & go but even when this book was current only the Koigo Merino was (& is) widely available. No useful information about the yarns is provided which would enable the knitter to substitute--no wpi, no Yarn Standards. The author mentions the knitting of pullovers including the cast on used but no pullover project or photo or even a description is provided. There are only a couple of dozen of color charts all of which I've seen before. If I had had this book in hand before buying, I probably would've passed it by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adore this book! March 16 2008
By loveswildflowers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I absolutely LOVE this book. It is by far my favorite of any knitting books I own. What I specifically love are the instructions in the techniques of braids, nupps, textured and colored cast-ons and wicks (decreasing) to create Estonian inspired projects. I also love the history and the charts. Nancy Bush is an inspiration and this book is a treasure!
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