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on 9 August 2017
This book is basically a technical knitting manual showing you the knitted stitches and borders used in Orenberg lace designs. It also gives you notes on how to knit three basic designs: a square, a triangle and an oblong scarf/shawl using an example of stitches described in this book. The book also describes the traditional cast on method. In some ways the title is a misnomer as it is not a collection of patterns to knit - that is up to your imagination and flair using the information in this book or for you to trawl through other knitting sites online for patterns. I have certainly come across Russian shawls on these sites that start with the cast on method described in this book. This book is basically a guide to knitting stitches that came from the Orenberg area and is one to collect and add to others that you may have on other traditional knitting stitches.
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If you are looking for historical facts and lots of them, this is not that sort of book. It is however, a project book with patterns and charts to knit 3 lace shawls. The patterns themselves are not complex to knit but the instructions which accompany each project are. The author has made assumptions that the reader will be an 'experienced' knitter of Russian shawls and therefore, one chart only gives the pattern and instruction for 1/4 of the shawl. The author then leaves you, the reader to work out by yourself how to construct the remaining 3/4 of the shawl. To be fair, the author does recommend that you knit the other two shawls first to get some experience, but I really think that it isn't good advice as I believe that all charts and instruction should be easy to follow. There is not a lot of guidance on "how to" with this book - you are referred to 'working the short rows' when turning corners but there is nothing to point out exactly which short rows you need to work. This book is hard work for any knitter and although the finished shawls would be beautiful, I have to admit, even as a very experienced traditional Shetland Lace knitter using 1.5mm needles and gossamer yarn, I put this book back on the bottom of my bookshelf and went back to the book of Heirloom KNitting by Sharon Miller - which even a moderate beginner can follow and produce a fabulous piece of true Heirloom knitting.
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on 25 January 2010
It's not worth buying this if you already have.
Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls by Carol R. Noble and Galina Khmeleva (Paperback - Nov 1998)

The methods, techniques and stitches and one of the 3 shawl designs in this new book are straight from the earlier one (i.e. identical in text and pictures)

If you haven't already got the previous book (which now seems to be difficult to get), then this one is fine and should provide all you need to work Orenburg shawls. The main thing that you miss out on is the history and information on the author's contacts in Orenburg.
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on 16 February 2012
If you buy this book expecting a pattern for the shawl shown on the cover you will be disappointed, also, the other three patterns are not clearly written/charted so definitely not for even an intermediate knitter
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on 16 December 2013
A very good introduction to Orenburg lace design. The tone of the text comes across as somewhat condescending, considering that a novice lace knitter is unlikely to be reading this book. Hence stars rather than 5. There is a good range of patterns and the technique can be used for your own designs. I am looking forward to exploring this lace further.
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on 17 October 2013
I love this book I drooled over the designs, now in the process of knitting one, the book was delivered within the date line in excellent condition and well packed. This is the book for any serious ( or want to be) shawl knitter.
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on 23 June 2013
This is a lovely book and the shawls are beautiful. The little practice piece is a good start to get into it but practiced lace knitters will be able to dive straight in
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on 18 March 2013
For the price this shawl book it well worth the money = good pattern plans and not really that difficult toan experienced knitter
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on 4 June 2010
I knitted from this book, after enlarging the charts A LOT. The repetions from previous book are acknowledged by the author. Very unusual patterns. Recommended for experienced knitters.
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on 10 March 2011
I'm not the most experienced knitter, but I really wanted a Shetland wool lace shawl, and this book gave me a chance. I went for the Medallion Square Shawl. Not to leave anything to chance, I've expanded the pattern myself (pdf available from my blog - [], or email me for the spreadsheet), and had great fun working with it so far. At places the pattern isn't the most obvious (e.g. turning corners), but I just ignored it and followed the written instructions instead, and it all worked out. I didn't bother putting the loops at the base of the set-up border stitches on a holder either, but just picked them up with knitting needles when I needed them (turning the 2nd corner).

Having read a few less favourable comments, I was wondering if part of the problem may be that the patterns are designed to be worked with the European way, and trying to knit the English way could make it feel more difficult?

Beautiful designs overall, but admittedly not the most user-friendly patterns.
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