Customer Review

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely guide for the experienced lace knitter, 13 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Knit (Paperback)
My first impression of this book was how nicely photographed it is. Each photo is an appropriate size for the complexity of the pattern shown, giving a very clear idea how it ought to look. The book begins with a quick overview of lace, followed by 2 pages over tools & equipment, and 6 pages of "basics" covering the knit & purl stitches, the simplest increase & decrease, and casting-off, as well as an explanation of tension & swatching. All very basic stuff targeting the brand new knitter. The remaining 238 pages are text patterns (and photos) of various lace stitches. Scattered throughout the book are 1- to 2-sentence tips (quite random, you'd have to search page-by-page to find a particular trouble area addressed, IF it is). At the end is an index, but only of the stitches shown; there's no way to search for a specific tip. As a moderately-experienced knitter, but new to lace knitting, I'd hoped for a bit more instruction mixed in with the patterns but found, for example, no explanation of lifelines and no solutions to the little annoyances I've encountered in my lace efforts. And, most irritatingly, while one of the tips suggests learning to read charts, nowhere in the book does a chart appear. Modern lace patterns are almost exclusively in chart form and it would be nice, in a book on lace knitting, to give a bit of instruction on charts. Even better, provide a chart for each stitch. (There's an excellent book on cables, Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting, which does this quite well; I guess I'm spoiled.)

In short, as a source of inspiration & resource for the experienced lace knitter to use in designing projects, this guide is excellent. For the inexperienced knitter hoping to use the guide to dive into the intricacies of lace knitting, it falls a bit short. But it is quite lovely and inspiring, even for the novice!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.2 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Used & New from: 14.83
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Netherlands

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,414,372