Rav (corvid) wrote,

Book Review

The "First Book of Modern Lace Knitting" was originally published in the 50's. The photos show it. Dover republished it in the 70's. Now, the book itself is focussed on "large gauge" lace knitting - which, by her terms, is US 1 needles and crochet cotten.

Not my thing, to put it mildly. However, the book does have some nifty aspects.

First of all, everything in the book is charted and described in words. I'm completely unable to memorize non-charted lace, so it's a very nice thing to be able to use a chart.

Secondly, her charting system is unusal, but it has a nice multilingual dictionary to explain it.

Contents - The first few projects in the book are dirt simple table runners / scarves / curtains / bedspreads. This is stuff that almost anyone can figure out how to duplicate with a stitch dictionary.

The doilies, however, are interesting. A few of them can be made into shawls via dividing down to 1 or 2 repeats, and cutting off the edge stitch on one side.

Her second book isn't to my taste as much. The doilies cannot be scaled up or down easily, and they mostly must be made in the round. Her one oval tablecloth has boring lace, in my opinion. A scarf, however, shows a beautiful openwork background and leaves. I bet it'd be stunning.

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