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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous handbook for a fabulous tradition
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...
Published on 21 April 2004 by em_kuntze

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Patterns; Odd Histories
Very good patterns but marred but odd commentaries about the origins of some of the patterns - doesn't seem to have been researched very well. Under the quaint heading of ' Northern European Fisherfolk' the American author seems unable to refer to 'England'. No fisherman ever wore gloves. Gloves and seawater don't go together very well! She refers to Jerseys and not...
Published on 25 Feb 2005 by Simon P. Howes


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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 review is from: Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens (Paperback)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful patterns....., 7 Feb 2011
This review is from: Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens (Paperback)
This book is suitable for the experienced knitter.At the start of the book there is a detailed section explaining various cast on methods, decrease techniques and advice on various stitches also a very good section on joining the thumb to the main mitten.There are patterns from all over the world, Albania, Scotland, India , Iceland and other places besides and a small section on their history. Another reviewer commented on her somewhat tenuous grasp of Geography, which may be true, but you know what I did'nt buy it for that but for the gorgeous and varied patterns.There are about thirty patterns in this book, so I also think its good value. The patterns may be a struggle for those who have not attempted complicated patterns and/or mittens before that is why I think this would be a useful addition to your collection if you are a more experienced knitter. All the patterns have pattern and colour charts on one page and then a short written instruction beside for the cast on and main mitten details, but they are clear, well laid out and actually easy to follow once you have read through them a couple of times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Mitten Sourcebook, 25 April 2004
This review is from: Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens (Paperback)
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!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Patterns; Odd Histories, 25 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens (Paperback)
Very good patterns but marred but odd commentaries about the origins of some of the patterns - doesn't seem to have been researched very well. Under the quaint heading of ' Northern European Fisherfolk' the American author seems unable to refer to 'England'. No fisherman ever wore gloves. Gloves and seawater don't go together very well! She refers to Jerseys and not the standard term Guernsey. Although the Dutch and Baltic states wore similar types of sweater, patterning traditional of Guernseys is predominently found around the North Sea coastal areas of England and Scotland not 'the communities that lined Europe's (sic) atlantic coast'. I can't verify her statements about other patterns but this rather casts a cloud over their accuracy.
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