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lots of variety, stays true to the tradition
on 15 May 2009
This book has a section on each of the traditional types of knitting from the british Isles; Aran, fairisle, shetland lace and ganseys. It includes patterns for men and women, and each of the patterns stays true to its tradition, so you find the fairisles are knitted in the correct weight of wool and mostly use the traditional patterns. There are clear instructions, photos and charts and the designs are very knit-able. The book asumes you will have some previous experience of knitting, though there are some basic instructions on techniques relevant to the designs (e.g. cabling). It is nice to have a book that is not a 'beginner's guide to...'. At the start of each section there are a couple of large-text pages giving you some of the history associated with each style of knitting, though you may find that nothing here is new to you. There is a useful photo index at the end. It is good to have one book that gathers all these styles together.