Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
If you are a looking for wearable knitted lace projects, this latest offering from Lark Books has some serious potential.The main premise that ties this pattern collection together is that each pattern is a basic shape with lace motifs throughout.
For example, a long rectangle with a reversible Japanese leaf lace stitch is a scarf. Two right triangles knitted from the top in a tulip design forms a triangle lace shawl. Before this idea begins to sound trite, I need to point out a few other patterns. The Moondance Shrug is an eyelet rib square base that gets folded and seamed into a jacket, reminiscent of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise pattern.
The book has a variety of patterns that range in lace knitting skill, yarn thickness, wearer sizes (wide range for adult women) and lace motifs. The introduction section of the book explains how to read lace charts, which is what the book uses to explain the lace motifs. Those who are new to lace knitting will find informaiton specific to lace, such as the importance of blocking and the how different weights of yarn affect the lace pattern in the introduction.
Simpler patterns suitable for advanced beginners exploring lace include the Moondance Shrug and Birch Jacket. The birch jacket also is based on an eyelet rib, and square bases. The thick wool yarn of the Birch jacket compared to the lacy mohair of the Moondance shrug wet the two piece apart from each other.
One of my favorite patterns is the Poinsettia Jacket, which is a circle with two triangular sleeves. The pattern is a variation of the circular Angel Shawl pattern in the book. Six triangles are knit together, then blocked to form the basic circle.
Those who like to modify or write their own patterns will find good inspiration here.
With several different motif charts in the book and design notes, knitters can gain ideas for their own projects.
Projects include a variety of needle sizes, so new and experienced lace knitters will all be able to find projects at their ability level. The book uses mostly specialty designer yarns. Budget minded knitters or those with limited yarn selection access will want to have a good idea on how to substitute yarn. Lace knitters will want to consider adding this book to their knitting libraries. Much has been written about lace already, yet the updated shape and garment ideas in this book make this book a worthy addition.
FTC requirements: I was provided a free review copy of this book by the publisher. All of my reviews are my honest opinion. I received no compensation from the publisher or book author for this review.