on 21 June 2007
I bought this book for a particular pattern (the llama-shaped handbag) after browsing in a bookshop. The introductory section on the history of Andean knitting and textiles is fabulous, well-written and well-researched. The author clearly knows what she is talking about.
And at first glance the patterns are great too. Really nice charts and great designs. However, the book is seriously let down by the written instructions. For example, knit in the round for several rows, then work some shaping. The instructions tell you to rearrange the needles to move the end of the round to a new position and then work a set of instructions twice around. Of course, since the instructions are identical, there is no need to rearrange anything! Similar issues occur throughout the patterns. There are also instances of wrong stitch counts.
Conclusion? Great for inspiration, but too much hassle unless you are experienced enough to rewrite half of the instructions in the book so that they make sense.