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Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls
Timeless and beautiful shawls from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in an array of shapes with openwork, textured stitches, and lace edgings. Everything you need to know to design and knit your own shawls is provided, including detailed instructions for eight shawls.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Interweave Press
(first published January 1st 1993)
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I probably use this book more than any of my knitting books, as there is a small stitch dictionary in the back with stitches grouped in various ways: garter versus stocking stitch grounds, non-curling texture stitches, and different lace types. It gives directions for many shawl shapes in a chapter discussing them. It also has complete instructions for some shawls and I have knit one and daydreamed about others. Its small size is not intimidating and convenient to carry around in your knitting b ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Intermediate and experienced knitters
This book is less a book of shawl patterns (although there are a few) than a collection of stitch patterns for the body and edgings to design your own shawls. Directions are clearly given for various shapings of shawls [circular (Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Pi" Shawl), half circular, wedges (triangles), squares and rectangles:]. It also contains a chapter on various ways to drape a shawl. Blocking and storage are also covered. This is a very good reference book on creating your own shawl designs. Th ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Barb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lace knitters, those interested in the history of lace knitting
An excellent overview of the history, structure, lace patterns, design and finishing of shawls. Primarily focusing on British and Shetland shawls, Martha Waterman guides the reader through the process of planning shawls. I consider this an excellent knitting book because it offers patterns for specific projects (Gate and Ladder Circle Shawl, Fan Stitch Half-Circle Shawl, Cat's Paw Square Shawl -- to name a few) as well as charted individual lace patterns for creating a shawl of your own design. ...more