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Knitting Lace [Hardcover]

Barbara Abbey

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I needed 3 April 2008
By B. Phillips - Published on
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I do christening gowns and was looking to knit some insertions and edgings so this was the perfect book for me, and I might add the only one that I was able to find that even addressed edgings and insertions in great detail. It is kind of an unattractive book in that it is all black and white and not of superb quality in its presentation. It is a hardback book. The woman who wrote the book has her own little shorthand method and at first can be a little hard to follow (like for example instead of k6, yo, k3, she simply would write 6,0,3. There is no symbol on my computer keyboard to show her slip stitch symbol, it is kind of an ^ except like an upside down U.) It is a book for someone who already knows how to knit and purl at least some, otherwise it would be difficult to follow. I did learn the fagot stitch from this book and have already made one of the lace edgings. I wish she would spend more time on materials for knitting lace as I will have to go to another source to figure out the best threads and needles.
I recommend this book for someone who, like me, is really wanting a pattern book for edgings and insertions. Or for someone who wants to learn to make a repeating pattern in a lacy design.
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Faint of Heart 11 Oct 2005
By Marti Johnson - Published on
If you're in the market for antique knitted lace patterns all done in chart format, this is the book for you. If not, however, start with something easier and work up to this. As a beginner, I was over my head on this book, but I'm gradually beginning to make sense of it, and the patterns are beautiful!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange knitting notation, for those who love a puzzle. 25 Jan 2010
By K. Franklin - Published on
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I wanted a stitch dictionary that focused on lace edgings. This one does, but reading the patterns is more work that it is worth, at least for me. I don't insist on charted designs - good old knitter's English is good enough for me - if I want a chart, I can make my own.

But these patterns are notated in the author's own unique shorthand. BEWARE! You will spend a good portion of your time deciphering them, flipping back and forth to the abbreviation chart, and basically wasting time you could have used for actual knitting.

If you want to learn to knit from her system, go for it! It isn't difficult, just tedious. If you do, this book will be a treasure for your library.

I think the black and white photos are fine. It is the notation that lost points in my opinion. I am not sure I'll keep it.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Abbey's Knitting Lace 1 Oct 2005
By Scottish Gypsy - Published on
After years of borrowing this book from the library, I finally purchased it for my own knitting book collection. It is definitely worth every penny. A must have for the experienced knitter. This is not a book for a begginner.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned lace 27 Oct 2007
By P. Bradley - Published on
Barbara Abbet's "Knitted Lace" is a worthwhile collection of mostly lace edgings and insertions, with a few patterns. Instructions are given in line-by-line written format, with no charts, my major quibble with the work. Otherwise, a good reference book.
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