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Traditional Knitting Patterns from Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Italy and Other European Countries (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) Paperback – 1 May 1974


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486210138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486210131
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dot (fibre2fabric) on 4 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
I am very fond of this book which is a good introduction to many different traditions and full of old reliable favourites.

However, if you only knit from patterns, it's not for you, if you want in depth information on a particular tradition, then it's not for you.

It is useful if you are interested in knitting traditions and design your own garments. The format is very clear black and white photos with either chartered or written instruction for the pattern. There are brief historical / descriptive notes on the different traditions featured, which are: Arabic, Spanish, Italian & French, German & Austrian, Dutch, Scandinavian, Fair Isle and Shetland, British Isles.
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By Amazon Customer on 3 April 2013
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I chose this because the book uploads and everything around it is safe and fast and good handling. I would sincerely recommend this to my friends.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spider Woman on 3 Aug 2007
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The first word that comes to mind about this book is "dated". It was first published in 1962. While it's full of a variety of designs that can be used in knitting, there are many pattern books out there now that are so far superior, this one can only be called disappointing.

Each chapter in the book is dedicated to patterns developed in different areas of the world. The first page of each chapter tells a minimal amount about the knitting of that area, but not enough - and not interestingly enough - to be of much value. The patterns themselves can nearly all be found in many other books.

Personally, when looking for patterns, I want to look for ones that can be classed according to knitting technique - cables, lace, color, slip stitch, and such. This book carries a few of each type, but not enough to make it worthwhile.

My own interest in purchasing it was the hope of finding new ideas, but the book fails to deliver anything intriguing.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
basic stitch book 4 Jan 2006
By M. Poller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Definitely an important stitch collection book. Should be on every serious knitter's bookshelf; I've owned it for years. Chapters organized by country: Arabic, Spanish, Italian and French, German and Austrian, Dutch, Scandinavian, Fair isle and Shetland, British Isles, and Fishermen's sweaters. Most patterns are written out but charts where more helpful. b&w photos for all stitches.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
For serious knitters only 28 Feb 2006
By Frances Moore-Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not for beginners or casual knitters, but if you're interested in ethnic design and the history of knitting, it is a useful reference. The written instructions are not to current standard, but are accurate; the charts can be easier to follow for experienced knitters.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Very good book, I'm really glad I got this one 11 Feb 2006
By D. Tzoutzouraki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the books that I was really glad I made the purchase. I liked the fact that it had written instructions for the several stitches. I think it saves time than having the stitches in charts and having to memorise symbols etc. But like the other reviewer said it has charts where it is needed that is for designs that have colorwork. All in all a very nice book
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Nice little book, but not comprehensive 8 Jan 2008
By Martha Spizziri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book details the spread of knitting from its origins in the Arab world to Spain, Italy and France. Germany and Austria, Holland, Scandinavia, Fair Isle and the Shetland Islands, and the rest of Britain. It's broken into chapters for each of these regions, with a one-page overview of knitting in each region followed by photos and instructions for typical knitting patterns from each place.

If you have one or more of Barbara Walker's knitting pattern books, you probably already have most of these patterns -- or patterns that are very similar. And Richard Rutt's "History of Hand Knitting" would likely give you all the historical information and more. It's fairly thin compared to the Walker pattern books. But it's still worth at least taking a look at. It's interesting to see a compendium of patterns broken down by region, which I haven't seen elsewhere.

I haven't actually tried to follow any of the knitting instructions, and probably won't before I take this back to the library. None of them include suggestions for gauge, yarn weight or needle size, so you have to experiment, but you should be able to make a good guess by looking at the photos. A few of the charts looked a bit hard to follow just because the symbols used make them so busy, but the vast majority look pretty clear.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great rare lace patterns etc. 19 Aug 2007
By Deborah B. Bargad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book here. I am a novice knitter. I really enjoyed the origins and histories given by the author and the very rare lace patterns that I cant find anywhere else. I dont like charts but I can follow them and may one day try one. I love this for its exposure to fair isle, shetland etc. Using terms like won or wrn took a bit of figuring out but it really helps that the patterns are written in an easy to understand format. I stay away from really complicated patterns but work on new stitches as I find them in the book and challenge myself to learn a new one. I took to this book because of my deep irish english heritage and would recommend this to anyone who has had a taste of barbara walker's works or the Harmony Knitting Guides also.
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