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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic knitting book., 12 Jun 2009
This review is from: Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters (Paperback)
Another 'pattern' free knitting book, Knitting in the Old Way is a must to join those classics on your bookshelf.

Packed full of techniques that are worth the money alone, this book is much, much more. It takes you through the traditions of knitting and gives you a sense of the history of the craft. It covers garments from just about all knitting cultures and gives instructions on how to construct them. From Gansey, Fair Isle and Shetland through Norway, Sweden, Eastern Europe and more, this book covers them all.

As I said, there are no patterns as such. The instructions, for any yarn and needles, are based on a percentage system such as in Elizabeth Zimmermann's books and use seamless knitting techniques. The instructions are clear and detailed and as long as you are a competent knitter, or aim to be one, then they shouldn't give you too much trouble. There are 15 master plans, 233 charts for colour work, cables and textured patterns and 85 examples for different jumpers.

If you like to design and knit your own unique jumpers or simply love the history and culture of the craft then I would recommend this book as a valuable addition to your bookshelf.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting in the old way recommendation, 25 April 2010
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This book is excellent and worth every penny I paid for it. Plenty of pictures, written so clearly any one could follow. Every style of garment instructions, I love color work and their is enough patterns in here to last me 2 life times.
After reading I found that I dont need to buy a commercial pattern any more.
included is
15 master patterns from which any style garment can be knitted.85 sweater examples, 223 charts of patterns.
The best was it tells you how to make a garment that fits and it is so simple. I just now made a perfect fit Cardigan.
Every knitter should own this book.
302 pages so the book is over an inch thick.
I very highly recommend this book and wish there had been a review of it when I dithered over buying it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to historical sweater styles, 17 April 2013
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This book gives the basic of different sweater styles from around the world. It is presumed that you can knit and use of more advanced techniques e.g. steeks. The chapters are Origins(history), traditional yarns, equipment, knitting methods, techniques and tools for planning sweaters. Chapter 7 is the evolution of shapes with lots of line drawings listing fifteen types. Chapter 8 is style alternatives descibing cardigans and different necklines. Chapter 9 descrbes sweater styles based on colour stranding. Four different garments from Norway, six garments from Sweden, five from Great Britain, two from Iceland, one from the Faeroe Islands, one from Samiland, two from Cowichan and an American folk art design. Chapter 10 describes five sweaters based on intarsia. Chapter 11 describes sweaters based on texture. There are two Danish garments, six gansey garments from Great Britain, two Dutch fisherman's sweaters, three aran sweaters from Ireland, a jacket from Norway, and six designs from Austria and Germany. Chapter 12 has 3 designs based on geometric patterning, Chapter 13 has a Finnish design using both knitting and crochet. There are lots of helpful line drawing and charts but no photos but given that this book was originally published in 1985 proably to be expected. This book is a great addition to a knitter's bookshelf if interested in the historical aspects of design and to use this in their own designs.
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