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Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens
Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens
by Marcia Lewandowski
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Mitten Sourcebook, 25 April 2004
This is the third book about mittens that I've bought, but really the onlyone I needed. The art of knitting mittens has been interpreted by manydifferent cultures and folk traditions, each lending something unique towhat could be purely a utilitarian item. The author clearly explains thevarious methods of mitten making (yes, there is more than one!);instructions are clear and pictures and charts well set out. Each mittenstyle is introduced with anecdotes and histories of that specific culture,a little trivia that makes each project even more interesting.
Other mitten books fall down on the fact that the designs are too similar;this book features many styles of mitten, using many types of yarn andmany design motifs. There truly is something to suit all tastes here andthe variety of designs will keep even the most speedy knitter happy.
This is an absolute must for any keen knitter, new or not to the art ofmitten making. Buy It!


Knitting Marvelous Mittens: Ethnic Designs from Russia
Knitting Marvelous Mittens: Ethnic Designs from Russia
by Charlene Schurch
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good sourcebook but rather limited in scope, 21 April 2004
Charlene Schurch has done a wonderful thing; painstaking research has led her to recreate the patterns of the Komi people, an ethnic group once found in central Russia whose design influences can clearly be seen in the folk art of Finns and Latvians, but seems to have remained uncharted until now.
The designs are clearly authentic, the use of colour unusual and inspiring. You ceratinly get a sense that you are recreating a lost art form when you knit these mittens.
Unfortunately, the geometric designs, to which so much attention seems to have been paid does not seem to be matched by the design of the mitten itself. I find the cuffs to be rather boring and was disappointed to see there was no variation of this - the rather chunky nature of the design is rather masculine. Also the thumbs are exclusively of the sore thumb design (or the 'gore') variety. The Marcia Lewandowski book is an excellent companion to this book for this very reason. Using the latters more varied approach to mitten design it is more possible to recreate the design features of the Komi peoples, but in a way that is less dowdy and more innovative.


Simply Socks: 45 Traditional Patterns to Knit
Simply Socks: 45 Traditional Patterns to Knit
by Anna Zilboorg
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sourcebook, but not for beginners, 21 April 2004
Anna Zilboorg does it again. Inspiring designs, beautiful colours. This is a book you are likely to flip through and each time see something new that you like.
However, like her book on mittens, she does assume a certain degree of knowledge about the sock knitting process, instructions are written rather than presented with illustrations, suggesting to me that a less experienced knitter may have problems getting to grips with this technique. Also, she is rather vague about the size of needles required, yarns used (note for English knitters, all terms are American - for worsted read aran weight, for sport, dk, for fingering 4 ply) and sizes obtained. This all said, I had no problem with the patterns themselves once I had got to grips with these idiosyncracies. Its well, well worth the effort and definately worth preserving such a super craft which is sadly dying out in Turkey and beyond. Read and be inspired.


Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens
Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens
by Marcia Lewandowski
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous handbook for a fabulous tradition, 21 April 2004
This is the third book about mittens that I have bought, but ultimatelythe only one I really needed. The introductory section about the historyand evolution of knitting mittens is very interesting but the bulk of thebook, featuring designs native to different cultures is simply wonderful. Many different styles and tastes are catered for (other books purchasestend to feature the same patterns but change the design motifs) and the'how to' section features instructions for different methods of knittingmittens, both tip-up and cuff-up, all of which were very clear. The listsof materials needed were also simply put; whereas some other books specifyparticular brands of yarn making it difficult to substitute if the make isobsolete, or in my case, if you are in a country where the make doesn'texist, this book gave genereal requirements. All in all, a veryinspirational book that should be on any keen knitter's bookshelf


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