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Published March 1st 1997 by Schoolhouse Press (first published 1981)
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I've wanted this book for a long time and thought it was going to feel like a treasury of some sort. I couldn't understand why it wasn't published in hardcover. Now that I finally have it, I understand why. This book is not a pattern reference although you can use the designs for many different garments. It's full off symbols and interesting history. After I complete a few of these projects I can't see myself going back to this book time after time. The graphs are too small. There's one graph on ...more
I swooned a little upon seeing that this is dual language; I don't read Latvian, but I do love to compare languages. That aside, the introductory chapters reveal excellent research, including a number of four-line folk tunes that feature mittens' roles in traditional courting and wedding ceremonies. The book has minimal color photos, and the charts are what can be expected from an older book, but none of that makes the book seem less useful. In fact, I'm eager to knit using the symbols and color ...more
The color plates and spotting the cultural description when browsing enticed me to buy the book. I really enjoyed the first part of the book which describe Latvia and the cultural influence of mittens in the country.

The charts could easily be used for socks, sweaters, and vests.
This is a very comprehensive book - it contains tons of history and Latvian folklore and all the mitten patterns you could wish for. However, as I'm not a huge fan of Latvian designs, I was hoping for more narrative about techniques.
Very cool book of patterns with a history of the cultural importance of mittens in Latvian culture. Includes color photos, related poetry, instructions, etc. I think I'm going to buy the newer edition of this book.
Amazing designs....I am thrilled and amazed!
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