6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A lovely guide for the experienced lace knitter,
This review is from: The Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Knit (Paperback)
My first impression of this book was how nicely photographed it is. Each photo is an appropriate size for the complexity of the pattern shown, giving a very clear idea how it ought to look. The book begins with a quick overview of lace, followed by 2 pages over tools & equipment, and 6 pages of "basics" covering the knit & purl stitches, the simplest increase & decrease, and casting-off, as well as an explanation of tension & swatching. All very basic stuff targeting the brand new knitter. The remaining 238 pages are text patterns (and photos) of various lace stitches. Scattered throughout the book are 1- to 2-sentence tips (quite random, you'd have to search page-by-page to find a particular trouble area addressed, IF it is). At the end is an index, but only of the stitches shown; there's no way to search for a specific tip. As a moderately-experienced knitter, but new to lace knitting, I'd hoped for a bit more instruction mixed in with the patterns but found, for example, no explanation of lifelines and no solutions to the little annoyances I've encountered in my lace efforts. And, most irritatingly, while one of the tips suggests learning to read charts, nowhere in the book does a chart appear. Modern lace patterns are almost exclusively in chart form and it would be nice, in a book on lace knitting, to give a bit of instruction on charts. Even better, provide a chart for each stitch. (There's an excellent book on cables, Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting, which does this quite well; I guess I'm spoiled.)
In short, as a source of inspiration & resource for the experienced lace knitter to use in designing projects, this guide is excellent. For the inexperienced knitter hoping to use the guide to dive into the intricacies of lace knitting, it falls a bit short. But it is quite lovely and inspiring, even for the novice!