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  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 11 February 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9780811737876
  • Stock: 2 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £15.95
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Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits


20 Shawls, Hats, Ponchos, and More in Bulky Yarn by Barbara Benson

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Book Description

Lace gets a whole new look!

Lace has traditionally been knit in finer weight yarns to create airy, delicate designs. But when knit in bulky yarns, lace becomes bold, graphic, and dramatic. Working with thicker yarns also makes the projects move along more quickly and the lace repeats shorter, so it's easy to learn new stitches and techniques. For those new to lace knitting, Barbara first gives an introduction to working lace stitches and chart reading, and shows you how bulky yarns work best in lace designs.

Then you are ready to knit any of the 20 patterns for beautiful lacy shawls, mitts, hats, cowls, blankets, and more. Gorgeous photography by Gale Zucker shows the pieces to their full, stunning effect. Get those big needles and chunky yarn ready to roll!

About the Author

About Barbara Benson

Barbara Benson is the author of Mosaic & Lace Knits, and the yarn director for Malabrigo Yarns. She lives in Sarasota, Florida, and her designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Knitscene, and Knit Now magazines. She also shares video tutorials on knitting techniques on her popular YouTube channel www.WatchBarbaraKnit.


Knitting & Crochet Guild - SlipKnot June 2020

With big colourful pictures, and simple useful how to' sections explaining what lace is, how to read a chart and some basic lace techniques, this book sets the scene beautifully. There are 20 patterns, all of them beautifully photographed. Unusually there are patterns for men and women in the same book. There are lots of different projects from hats, mitts and scarves through to shawls and a poncho.

Lace knitting is usually linked to fine-weight yarns, but applying this technique to bulky yarns makes this a great way to try lace knitting. Often in a book like this I will find one or maybe two patterns that Id like to try, but in this publication, there are lots Id like to make. Surprisingly, the larger garments are the ones Im drawn to, including a poncho and an open front vest

The photography is well done, with multiple pictures of the same item from different angles, making it easier to choose which items you really want to make. Overall, this is a book Id buy for myself. My only negative comment is the colour used on the abbreviations page makes it harder to read, when the idea was probably to make it easier.

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