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Needs Experience and You need to work things out
on 2 October 2010
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.