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by Robin Hansen
Robin Hansen can justifiably claim to be the person who started the groundswell of interest in roots knitting patterns for mittens. When Fox & Geese & Fences: A Collection of Traditional Maine Mittens was published a generation ago, it was an instant success, and nary a knitter above the age of thirty has not heard of it. It was followed by a second, equally inspir ...more
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My grandmother had this book in her small library of knitting patterns, as an inspirational reference. Hansen has collected a number of lovely traditional patterns. Swatching on this one is a must, though, to account for yarn, needle, & knitter variations and the fact that these are interpretations of traditional patterns. My grandmother made dozens of pairs of mittens annually, based on one underlying pattern, but mostly in the same needle size and yarn weight, adjusting her pattern from ex ...more
I came across Fox and Geese andFences: A Collection of Traditional Maine Mittens shortly after I began to knit. I was intrigued by the beautiful mittens, but stymied by what seemed to me confusing patterns. As I recall, I tried several patterns, but abandoned them all in despair. Now, with the revision of Fox and Geese and Fences and its sequel, I have another chance. The idiosyncratic style of the original patterns has been standardized somewhat and, although I still wouldn't recommend this boo ...more
A word of caution: The author uses the terms double knitting and stranded interchangeably. They are NOT the same thing. Regardless of that mistake, this book has a bunch of cute patterns. It also has some techniques that are new to me that I may try one day. I'm particularly intrigued by the Maine Long Tail Cast On that supposedly will make stockinette lay flat, and also the stockinette cuffs on the mitts.