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Barbara Abbey's Knitting Lace
By popular demand (and lobbying from Sandy Terp), Barbara Abbey s Knitting Lace is back in print. There appears to be another swell of interest in lace knitting; wonderful! This book is one of only two I know of that is dedicated to lace edgings (and the other one has been out of print for many years); 100 of them to be exact; plus some background lace and instructions for ...more
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Schoolhouse Press
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More lace than you can imagine: Edgings, some insertions and 10 allover lace patterns. Instead of standard nomenclature, Abbey uses her own unique symbology based on punctuation. (Example: K2, yo, K2tog is written 2,0,/.) This takes much less space, but can be confusing. Does one copy the list of symbols and keep it next to the directions, or rewrite the directions in standard nomenclature? I think I'd have to knit a lot of lace before Abbey's became obvious. But there are so many beautiful patt ...more
Barbara Abbey made up her own symbols for knitting charts. It is very quirky but I have had fun with it. It is more for a collector and adventurous knitter. Do not use this as an introduction to chart knitting because you will just be confused. Her symbols did not catch on and are not standard. I have been charted her charts with standard symbols. Since I love lace knitting I enjoyed this book.