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Heirloom Knits: 20 Timeless and Enduring Projects for the Home [Hardcover]

Judith McLeod-Odell
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1 May 2007
Very early knitting patterns were written without the advantage of the photographic techniques of today, so there are few illustrations of how they should look. These old designs were based around knitting small squares or panels, which were joined to make a whole. The final piece was trimmed with flounces, frills or edgings of lace. Since the panels could be mixed or put together in different ways, or the edging could be varied at will, the resulting piece was unique to each knitter. Judith McLeod-Odell has spent many years tracing these old patterns and their sources, to enable them to be knitted as they were intended. Some of the patterns in this book are old favourites from the Victorian period, whilst some go back as far as President Coolidge's grandmother. A few are fresh slants on old patterns and there are also new designs from Judith herself. All the patterns in the book have been carefully updated, so they can be knitted in contemporary yarns and using modern techniques. There are examples from every decade since 1820, as well as section devoted to a wide range of edging designs so the knitter can create her own special and unique heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. This is an exquisite collection of stunning vintage-inspired designs that's sure to be treasured.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843403870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843403876
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith McLeod-Odell was taught to knit by her grandmother, and by the time she was eight she could knit a sock on four needles and turn a heel. She has collected knitting books and patterns for many years, and while working as a nurse she began to experiment with updating historic patterns and developing her own designs. She lives in Hertfordshire. This is her first book.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful examples but vague instructions! 13 July 2009
A beautiful book with some lovely examples of how knitting has changed and some lovely examples of lace, edgings and embellishments. However, although there are plenty of pictures and close ups there does seem to be a slight vagueness to the patterns themselves. Some of the abbreviations arent explained and it seems that some of them dont even tell you how to finally get the piece in the picture put together. Just snippets of bits and pieces.
If you like jigsaw puzzles and knitting and would like to combine both, get the book. If you are a total beginner, I wouldnt recommend it.
Great for a bit of history on knitting and some lovely pictures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars long term 19 July 2009
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i think this book lends itself well to longer term projects that will be loved for eternity. really special things to make that cant be rushed. beautiful book with inspiration and dreamably good things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 13 Mar 2013
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There are some really interesting patterns in this book. Unfortunately the majority of them are based on expensive types of wool, so I've found that a little substitution is in order. But then as the title suggests, the patterns are for special things. The photography is beautiful without being too arty and the instructions are clear to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 4 Sep 2010
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Beautiful book with some lovely patterns - some we have seen before, of course. But, with a history lesson thrown in, it's just a delicious book to browse through, then work out which pattern to do first and how much you are going to love it!
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