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Lace Style: Traditional to Innovative 21 Inspired Designs to Knit Paperback – 29 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (29 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680289
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A valuable collection for knitters wishing to take their lace knitting to a higher level." - "Library Journal""Ooh-la-la!" - "The News & Observer""Presents the whole spectrum of holey projects, not all achieved in the expected yarn-over, double decrease method--some employ drop stitching; others, huge needles, thinner yarn." - "Yarn Market News""Five out of five stars! I just love it. This is a wonderful book." - "Knitting News""Beautiful, wearable garments from several popular designers. I was delighted with the wide variety of garments and expertise levels presented." - All Info About Knitting.com"This is one of the most accessible lace knitting books on the market and well worth bookshelf space." - Monsters and Critics.com"Lace knitting might conjure up images of old-fashioned shawls and bed spreads, but this new book shows how this addictive knitting technique can look fresh, exciting and fashionable." - "Knit Today" magazine (UK)"The innovative and contemporary designs in this book are absolutely amazing!" - KLIATT

About the Author

Ann Budd first learned to knit in 1968 when living in Switzerland for a year with her family. At the time, knitting was part of the curriculum for all schoolgirls. Back in the United States, Ann continued to knit through her high-school, college, and graduate years, when she earned a master’s degree in Geology. In 1989, Ann decided to forego the sciences and pursue her passion for knitting and fiber-related crafts when she began working as an editorial assistant for Handwoven magazine. Through the years, Ann worked as a book editor and managing editor of Interweave Knits magazine. Since 2002, Ann has authored or co-authored more than eight books, including the popular Knitter's Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, and several books in the Style series. Ann continues to edit craft books for Interweave as well as author her own books. Pam Allen has been part of the hand-knitting industry since 1985, and joined Classic Elite Yarns in May 2007. Until 2003, when she was hired as editor of Interweave Knits, her designs were published regularly in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and Knitters. Her work was also featured in general interest magazines―Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Woman’s Day―and in Melanie Falick’s book Knitting in America (1996) and Vogue Knitting/American Collection (2000). She is the author of Knitting for Dummies and Scarf Style, and the co-author of 4 other titles in the Style series published by Interweave Press. As editor of Interweave Knits, Pam worked with established hand-knitwear designers such as Norah Gaughan, Mari Lynn Patrick, and Deborah Newton, and she also encouraged new-generation designers such as Veronik Avery and Kate Gilbert. As creative director at CEY, Pam continues to work with these and other talented and well-known hand-knitwear designers, including up-and-coming blogger and designer Jared Flood. She also continues to be published not only in CEY’s semi-annual collection of best selling pattern booklets, but also in major knitting magazines, and e-zines, such as Twist Collective and knitty.com.

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This excellent book has some absolutely beautiful patterns, ranging from a tiny wire-knitted cuff, to a stunning full-length dress and stole, but the best thing of all (for us non Kate Moss types) is that almost all the patterns are given in sizes up to a 50in. bust. It makes a refreshing change to find this in a standard (as in *not* branded for "Big Girls") pattern book. But the good stuff doesn't end there! As well as comprehensive pattern instructions, there is a very useful section at the back which contains tips for lace knitting and designing lace patterns, and also a section which shows you how to rectify lace mistakes; invaluable for those who are starting out in lace knitting.

The patterns themselves are of varying degrees of difficulty, as one would expect, and there really is something for everyone. If you only ever buy one pattern book for knitting lace, make it this one, as it has the most useful information I have ever seen in 40+ years of knitting.
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By H. B. Hosegoood TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2007
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This is another good book from Interweave. It includes 21 designs as follows: three cardigans (the one on the cover, another one worked in garter stitch with a lacy border along the front edges and at the cuffs, and a 1930s style lacy cable design in two lengths); four summer tops (a very pretty lace-edged 'corset', a pretty tank top with a leaf design that you would have to wear over something else, a little vest with shoestring straps and a lingerie dress that looks like a ballet dress); a jumper with stocking stitch body and lacy sleeves that has an elegant lacy design at the front neck; two shrugs both very lacy; an impressive sleeveless ankle-length dress with a high neck that comes with a matching shawl; an unusual stretchy skirt with the bottom half lacy and the top half solid; a shawl with a scallop design; some socks with a tulip design; fingerless gloves; cuffs (I can't quite appreciate these); lacy cap; legwarmers; a wimple (neck warmer/headcover); a beaded bracelet and an elegant summer hat designed by Annie Modesitt. I can't said I'd want to make all of these because I don't, but I love the corset, designed by Michele Rose Orne, plus the hat, some of the tops and the shawl. Interweave instructions are reliable and there are lots of photographs of each design so you get a good idea what you are about to knit. If you are interested in getting to grips with lace knitting I would recommend this book.
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I have just recenlty bought this book after reading other reviews! I am so impressed, starting with the layout, the descriptive pictures of articles and stitches, the variety of projects, but most importantly they are projects I'm likely to knit. I am delighted with the range of sizes too :-) I am not willowy or slender, yet the designs would still be suitable. Also, I was thinking that today I might not feel like tackling a large project and start on something small, but next week I can get right into it and start the dress! Yes, thank you people for your reviews because I am glad I purchased it.
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I am a keen knitter and particularly enjoy lace knitting. I was very disappointed with this book because in my opinion, the majority of the designs are not really geared to anyone over the age of 25 - and are certainly not designed for anyone with any curves. There are some pretty garments and some nice gift ideas, lacy collars and cuffs for example, but nothing that really made me want to reach for my needles.
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One of the best books on lace knitting that I have seen

But I don't think this is the best book for beginners (for that I would recommend the 'book on CD', 'Knitting Shetland Lace' by Elizabeth Lovick)

Otherwise I agree with all that is said above. 'Lace style'gives 12 books in the Bibliography and I have 10 of them plus some not mentioned - the 2 I don't have are from Barbara Walker and are out of print and expensive. But this one and Susan Lewiss's Workbook would be competing for my one lace book on a desert island.

In particular, she provides concise and clear instructions and explanations for basic procedures and 'The interplay of yarnovers and decreases'

Additionally, several techniques used in the patterns are useful and interesting and the use of a couple of complementary stitches in a design is stimulating

Buy it if you have some experience and want to learn more or if you are a beginner, buy it and leave the patterns till later but use the technique sections to speed your learning.

Happy lace knitting

Elizabeth
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I purchased this book because it promised practical advice for beginners. Designs are lovely and very inspirational and instructions seem very clear. I have not made anything yet but patterns are very well explained and tips-and-notes helpful in general. I only wish we Italians could find such books in our language !
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