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Books/Fiber/Knitting/How-To: Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls

Filed under: Folkcat's Craft Library — folkcat at 3:27 pm on Monday, August 15, 2005

Title: Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls
Author: Waterman, Martha
Publisher: Interweave Press
Copyright: 1998

This is the book I’m using as a reference as I strive to design my own lace shawl. While there are step-by-step instructions for creating 8 different lace shawls, the bulk of the book – and its main purpose – is to serve as a design guide.

Readers are taught about the materials used in lace knitting; how to create a design; how shawls are shaped; and how to finish a shawl with a border. A multitude of stitch patterns used in lace knitting are provided, enabling the knitter to choose those they like best to create a truly one-of-a-kind shawl.

Instructions are clear and easy to read. Stitch patterns are given in the form of charts, with a guide at the back of the book to the symbols used. A big plus are two sections in the middle of the book – one with instructions for caring for, storing, and mending shawls, the other showing different ways that shawls can be worn.

Even if you never choose to knit a lace shawl, this book will give you an appreciation for them that you will cherish. Knowing the work that goes into planning and creating a shawl only helps you love it more.

I highly recommend this book, for knitters and knit-lovers of all skill levels.

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Comment by Cara

September 7, 2005 @ 2:48 pm

Thank you so much for the reply on Summer of Lace! This book seems perfect!

Thank you and good luck with your own design.

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