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Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade

Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade [Kindle Edition]

Donna Druchunas
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Description

This book presents not only a beautiful collection of patterns but also a fascinating biography of Dorothy Reade, arguably the mother of modern lace knitting. It's a must-have for any knitter who appreciates lace! Discover techniques and patterns developed by Reade in the 1960s as you create gorgeous projects featuring completely modern designs.

  • Offers more than 20 exquisite patterns for everything from scarves and stoles to sweaters and socks to items for home decor
  • Features a wide range of styles from top designers such as Annie Modesitt, Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer, and Evelyn A. Clark
  • Presents a "now I get it" approach to using charts and knitting lace

About the Author

Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to follow her passion for knitting, world travel, and writing. So far, she has written five knitting books and contributed to many more.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 27092 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale; 1st edition (11 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GU0OFX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 11 Sep 2013
By grumpya
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had never heard of Dorothy Reade before I bought this book. I have been a convert to charted lace recently, mostly down to the number of errors in written patterns in books and magazines so I thought I would buy this book to learn about the development of charted lace & to get some nice patterns. The photo's of the original bits of knitted lace that are supposed to be so treasured by her daughter seem to have been demolished by moths in some photos, others where I liked the basic pattern on the original, like the wall hanging with the cats on it, I thought were unimpressive as the pattern clearly went wrong somewhere & the point where the patterns met in the middle is all out of kilter. So based on this ladies developments of some slightly iffy lace patterns that show promise but don't look impressive in the photos in the book, they have used some of these charts she developed to make some garments that are meant to be current. Dorothy Read was an excellent spinner, she produced cobweb fine wool from fleece and one pattern is based on this wool, not very helpful, others are just not that good. there is a horrible jumper with a strange split up the front in a cheap yucky yellow wool, a strange multi-coloured shawl, and the cat pattern that showed promise is incorporated into a thick & rather basic jumper that looks like your gran knitted it. There are one or 2 acceptable patterns but none of them are great, a cardigan with a strange stripe down the back, the blue one on the cove that just does not lie right once completed and a pretty blanket. For the cost of this you could buy a short subscription to a knitting magazine that would have as many patterns as this in each edition & you would have more chance of finding stuff you liked. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for those with more than basic skills 21 Dec 2010
By Barbara Rhoades TOP 1000 REVIEWER
If you are a more advanced knitter and like to make wearables, this is a great book of patterns. The cover is even a plus as it is plasticized and has a flap that works as a bookmark. The book celebrates the work of Dorothy Reade who made great strides in knitting but is not a well-known as others.

17 projects to choose from which include tops, shawls, socks and even a table runner! This is one project that I might even try as it is skilled at EASY! I will have to bone up on how to read a chart before I begin as that is the way the pattern is written. That won't be a problem as there is a section on just how to do that.

The first section is a history of Ms. Reade and her work. Photos of her lace pieces, carding wool and spinning are included. The next six pages are knitting basics and where the how to read a chart is included.

Each pattern starts with a blurb and a photo. A skill level, materials needed and gauge are next. The chart to create the item follows.

If your skill levels included a comfort zone with reading charts or you want to stretch your skills, this is a wonderful book with great projects to create.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lace Knitting 1 April 2014
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This book has some very nice patterns and it was fascinating to read all about Dorothy Reade and her work with lace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice history and biography with patterns 17 Mar 2014
By Heather
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There are loads of patterns in the book based on Dorothy Reade's work, all by different designers. I enjoyed reading as a history book actually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice 23 July 2013
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this is nice for my bisnes and my good frends for look for patterns my freand love it so muts
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