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Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls [Paperback]

Martha Waterman
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Jan. 23 2003
Timeless and beautiful shawls from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in an array of shapes with openwork, textured stitches, and lace edgings. Everything you need to know to design and knit your own shawls is provided, including detailed instructions for eight shawls.

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Waterman's contribution to Interweave's new "Lace Knitting" series is a revised edition of her Traditional Knitted & Lace Shawls (Dos Tejedores, 1993. o.p.). If your library is lucky enough to have the earlier edition, you might want to hold on to it because the color photographs and many of the illustrations in the first edition were not included in this revision. Be aware, however, that one of the reasons for the revision was to correct errors in several of the shawl patterns, which were also rewritten for clarity. Waterman includes step-by-step instructions for knitting eight shawls as well as information on materials, design, stitch patterns (newly charted for this edition), shaping, and incorporating stitch patterns into shawl designs. Recommended for public libraries and textile crafts collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Martha Waterman, of Janesville, Iowa, teaches, writes about, and creates traditional needlework, including quilting, spinning, knitting, and crochet-lacemaking. She is a fifth-generation needlewoman who specializes in the traditions of her Irish, Welsh, Scots, and English ancestry. Raised in a family skilled in traditional handcrafts, she was taught needlework at an early age by her mother and grandmother. Her quilt work has been exhibited nationally, and her articles appear regularly in national publications.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a beginners book March 7 2003
By Sharron
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book with high expectations. What I received is a book explaining how to knit, with stitch pattern examples taken directly from the Mon Tricot dictionary of knitting stitches (I already own).
Several illustrations were of shawls not charted in the book, and they were more interesting than the ones included. Of the 8 patterns given (2 round, 2 half-circle, 2 square, 1 rectangular, 1 triangular), only one was of the quality that I expected (Kerry Blue).
If you know how to knit in the round, have a good stitch dictionary, save your money. I gave 3 stars only because of the completeness of the beginners directions: the book excels in that category.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Before getting this book, my knitting had been limited to Arans and Guernseys.
This book is a great introduction to designing and creating your own lace creations. Starting with triangles, the author step-by-step explains the different shapes in which shawls traditionally are knit. While there are 8 patterns for shawls in the back of the book, I think the author's point in writing this is to get your own creative juices flowing. She shows you that it is possible to be a designer.
For me, the charts of different lace stitch patterns are more of help than hindrance, as the review below suggests. By using the charts and some graph paper, the designer can "see" what the design is going to look like before it is even knitted.
Overall this is a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars traditional knitted lace shawls March 1 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The diappointed reader is Ohio may have missed a crucial point. Lace is very difficult to knit; one typo can throw off the entire pattern, ruining the design as well as discouraging completion of the project. I designed knitwear for how-to publications for over a decade, using charts and schematics for the benefit of the "blind followers" among readers, as well as non-knitting editors and typsetters. Charts are also international: the symbols are universal so you can interpet the knitting designs of any nation, and not be dependent on translations which could be faulty or unclear, at best. I hope the Ohio reader will reconsider her approach. Charted knitting has been used for years now, and it benefits both knitters and publishers to learn how to use them. This particular book is a real gem; the finished projects are heirloom quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but not for the faint of heart. May 20 1998
Format:Paperback
My aunt told me once that the best way to learn a knitting technique was to pick a project that you really wanted to do, and then just do it with no fear of the potential difficulty. This is the ideal book for that philosophy.
The comments on the history of knitting and lace shawls are extremely interesting, as are the sections on shawl care and how to wear a shawl. I would have liked to see a little more description of how a traditional shetland lace shawl was made using the old techniques, especially the actual process of "grafting" as that is a new term to me despite 30 years of knitting experience. There is really no discussion of elementary knitting, but that is not inappropriate for an audience of advanced knitters. There are already a lot of books out there to teach how to cast on and do the basic stitches.
There are patterns for eight shawls in this book, but what I found fascinating was the possibility to design an unlimited number of your own unique creations. She breaks the elements of design down into simple steps with advice for choosing patterns for each section and intructions on how to shape and combine the different elements. There are pages and pages of beautiful lace patterns to use for the body, border, and edgings. It's the ultimate yarn puzzle book and it makes me itch to get my fingers on some good one-ply wool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHARTS ARE GREAT ! March 17 2014
Format:Paperback
"............ Anyone who has spent any time with needle in hand would know. where as one must continually return to a chart to figure out what the heck a certain symbol means."

I am one who spends countless hours with needles in hands and use charts all the time, ever since I was 6 years old..........now I am 64) So you shouldn't assume that "everyone" thinks the same way.
Charts take very little time to get used to and the few symbols to remember are well worth the effort. The only reason I write about this is because I hope very much that nobody will ever get discouraged to venture out and learn to read charts (even small children can do it) and open their horizon to a new world of knitting.
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