This book presents not only a beautiful collection of patterns but also a fascinating biography of Dorothy Reade, arguably the mother of modern lace knitting It s a must have for any knitter who appreciates lace Discover techniques and patterns developed by Reade in the 1960s as you create gorgeous projects featuring completely modern designs.Offers than 20 exquisite patterns for everything from scarves and stoles to sweaters and socks to items for home decorFeatures a wide range of styles from top designers such as Annie Modesitt, Jackie Erickson Schweitzer, and Evelyn A ClarkPresents a now I get it approach to using charts and knitting lace...
|Title||:||Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade|
|Publisher||:||Martingale 1st edition May 11, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||112 pages|
|File Size||:||760 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade Reviews
I bought this book sight unseen which was a mistake. The introductory chapter on Dorothy Reade is excellent. The patterns are to my eye, very very basic. I am a fair to middling lace knitter, no expert. There is nothing here I'd suggest to anyone who has any lace skills. I do think it would be an encouraging book to give beginners who fear lace work. While some of the patterns are classic and simple there is one that is tremendously ugly (Cherry tree (?) shawl....a mess of color and variegated yarn with a lace medallion and fringe. Ugh.). I allow every book an ugly pattern so I'd not rate the book only on that.
I've always loved anything Donna Druchunas has designed. Her instructions are easy to understand and easy to size. Her lace instructions are the most sensible I've seen. I've been frustrated by lace instructions from other authors, but my results look like Druchanas' when I use her patterns.
Donna discovered the little known pioneering work of Dorothy Reade in the field of lace knitting patterns. Dorothy developed her own charting system for lace patterns using mainly just 10 symbols. Her first book published in 1968 was spiral bound with 25 original designs for lace knitting and cost $4.50. I bought that book years ago at Knitting camp. Donna contacted 16 designers giving to each one a pattern of Dorothy's and asked them to design a knitting project using that lace pattern. Donna begins with a short biography of Dorothy and then an intro to her lace knitting patterns and finally an explanation of the techniques used. All the 20 designs have been written out but with charts in a more modern chart used today. First project is an actual stole designed by Dorothy Reade. There are 4 more shawls. Also included are socks and hand warmers, baby cardi and blankie, wimple, 5 sweaters, afghan, etc. Yarns used also vary from the finest to chunky. Book includes designer bios and index. Book is rewarding on two levels: first as good knitting history and second for the lovely projects. Recommended to all.
It's okay. I'll probably only make the shawl, which is what I bought it for. Other interesting pieces, just not my "cup of tea"
Some of the patterns are strange.
This is a good book if you are into the history of lace and any thing ypu can find that is different.
I love this book. Has much history about Dorothy.
Druchunas is a great author, great teacher, and fantastic designer... this is a great book to put into your shopping cart and on your to-do list...