Interweave has asked me to do another great review. You are going to love this one.
Do you love knitting lace? Have you ever wanted to but felt like it was too challenging? You will find this book to be enlightening as well as informative.
Author: Andrea Jurgrau
Paperback: New Vintage Lace
It sells for $24.99.
A great value for the money. 18 fully-charted projects for hats, scarves, wraps, and small and large shawls, all inspired by the ever-so traditional lace doily patterns. She shows you how she creates patterns, adjusting motifs, then reworking them into original works of wearable art.
Beautiful cover design too.
So I took some time to dig deep into the delicious book, page by page. I wanted to make sure that each and every nugget she put in here was something I could convey back to you…
Here we go…
For starters, I love the Photography. As a photographer myself, I appreciate well edited images that showcase detail. The lighting is perfect. They captured all that!
Andrea begins with an introduction of “What’s Old is New”. She talks about her Grandmother Rose. A delightful, well written introduction.
New Vintage Lace has 5 chapters:
~Techniques-where Andrea gives you all the “tools” you need to have a successful project (or two). It includes, binding off, blocking, charts, decrease, increase, joining yarn, picking up stitches, beading, and much more.
~The Fine Art of Swatching-I know what you’re thinking, Swatching? YES! She gets down to the knitty gritty and also include swatching with YOUR yarn choice.
~Doily Dissection-This is where she walks you through the process she uses, for you to design your own shawl. This is the one section, I love.
This project is YOUR introduction to lace knitting. You begin with a doily and build from there. It’s brilliantly written with a tip for working in the round.
This has to be one of my favorites. Yes, I love the color. But, the design is very elegant. Doily inspired in the late 1600’s, which the pamphlet is now out of print. There are beads in the design that add that additional WOW factor.
Another of my favorites, okay, they all are, but this one stands out. THIS beautiful blanket is part of a trio of patterns. The doily, triangle, and blanket demonstrates how you can gof rom a triangle shawl to a blanket. She includes the doily as the third pattern so you can practice the technique. Very versatile in my opinion. This is also the featured shawl on the cover.
As you can (clearly) see, I’m in trouble, yet again. No, not by anybody but me. Yes, I have things that need to get done, work related, but there’s always time for some project making that doesn’t involve work. And my newly found love for lace knitting has opened up a world of new things to knit.
So, I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, well written patterns, a plethora of additional knowledge that will give you the confidence you need, if in fact, you need it.
Again, It’s published by Interweave, the name of the book is New Vintage Lace, and all the sorted details can be found HERE. Please click over and see for yourself how beautiful this book is. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, I promise! You will find many reviews that will convince you it’s a good value for the money.
Also, check with your LYS, I’m sure they ALL have it.
So, with much love knitters,
I bid you farewell for now. I ask you to review this book for yourself and report back. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts and maybe even see some finished work.