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Lace & Eyelets: 250 Stitches to Knit (Harmony Guides) [Paperback]

Erika Knight
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680579
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 22 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Erika Knight is a renowned knitwear designer and respected consultant to the fashion and yarn industry. Originally from a fine art background, her trend-forecasting work re-ignited her passion for the hand made. With her 'simple' ethos, Erika has a unique interpretation of craft: her mission is to simplify and communicate her insight and passion for knitting and crochet with accessible yet enticing projects in order to inspire everyone to experiment and above all enjoy creating. The author of numerous highly acclaimed knitting and crochet books, Erika has lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as well as leading art institutions and universities. She has published twelve books with Quadrille.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying picture editing and no charts. 11 Jun 2011
By PR
Format:Paperback
The Harmony guides are surely conceived as technical stitch manuals for reference. They have always had a few faults, for instance no cross referencing between related stitches and bad pictures. This book hasn't really improved matters and to make it worse there is a page per stitch meaning you don't even get the illusion of quantity. It is a typical Erica Knight book, which attempts to seduce you with interesting camera angles, dramatic lighting and intimate blown up photos showing every detail of a couple of centimetres of each sample. In other words it's a coffee table book which gets you drooling about detail without really giving you the overview you need to be able to select an appropriate pattern for your project.

The lighting is particularly annoying, oddly from below quite often, causing confusion between figure and ground. What is required is bright lighting with small shadows that don't confuse the eye. The decision only to show a central portion of the stitch samples, sometimes not getting a whole contiguous repeat of some of the more complex patterns, and definitely not showing you how the stitch affects the edges, means that you have no idea how deeply chevroned or scalloped the hem would be if you used it as an edging, whether you could use it as a sideways cast off, and in that case, which way round it would have to be, etc.

In the tried and tested Mary Thomas's KNitting Pattern book, or Walker's Treasuries first and second, they both give pointers as to how to use each stitch and whether they curl at the edge and pull in vertically or horizontally etc. Pictures are used to inform not bedazzle, and often diagrams are given to give extra clarification. Leslie Stansfield's book isn't bad either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not impressed 30 Dec 2012
By knitter
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i counted one stitch pattern repeated three times. there are some patterns i don't recall seeing elsewhere, but repeats within one book are unacceptable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lace and Eyelets 250 stitches 18 July 2012
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This book is a must for anyone who likes to add their own stitch patterns to knitted garments as I do. I wanted a good reference on how to knit lace and there are plenty wonderful patterns with good instruction on how to achieve them. I like the way it tells you how many stitches to each repeat, which makes it easy to fit the stitches into a basic pattern. I love it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration 29 Aug 2009
By Nyshe
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There are so many pretty lace patterns in this book the avid knitter can find inspiration to knit hundreds of garments. It is well written in plain English, with explanations of stitches. There is a picture for every stitch which makes it easier to decide which to use for any given project. A must for every keen lace knitter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Replacement for my old Harmony books 3 Sep 2013
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I bought this to replace my old books I have but after a disastrous start with the Knit and Purl patterns I am not holding my breath that all the patterns in this will be correct and have been proofread properly. I wait to see and will update as I progress through the patterns.
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