Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review: Wendy Knits Lace





Title: Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace
Author: Wendy D. Johnson
ISBN: 978-0-307-58667-4
Publisher: Potter Craft/Crown Publishing
Approx. Retail Price: $22.99 (USD) / $25.99 (Canadian)
Craft: Knitting (Lace)
Patterns: 20
Availability: Paperback and eBook Available August 23, 2011

Already a fan of Wendy Knits, I'd had her latest book, Wendy Knits Lace, on pre-order from Amazon for months when Crown Publishing sent me a review copy.  Needless to say, I let out a little audible squee when I opened the envelope it came in!  In this book, Wendy takes the mystique out of lace knitting by taking you through all of the steps necessary to be successful.  From picking needles and yarns to knitting from lace charts to swatching and checking gauge to blocking the finished project, Wendy tackles the basics of lace knitting.  She even shows the newbie lace knitter how to find and correct common lace errors.  And just to be sure that the newbie lace knitter is armed and ready to go, Wendy devotes an entire chapter to learning lace techniques including: Casting On (Provisional, Circular, Lace, Garter St Tab, Picked up Stitches to Cast On, & Toe-up Cast Ons), Joining Yarns (Easy Join, Russian Join, & Spliced Join), Binding Off (Russian BO), Making Increases (yo & double yo), and Making Decreases (k2tog, p2tog, ssk, k2tog tbl, p2tog tbl, & sl1, k2tog, psso).  With this book as a resource, you can fearlessly tackle lace knitting!

Patterns:

  • Lace Stripe Scarf
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 3-DK, Lt Worsted
  • Elizabeth's Cowl
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 4-Medium
  • Cranbourne Scarf
    • Skill Level: Adventuresome Beginner
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • True Love Scarf or Stole
    • Skill Level: Advanced
    • Size: Two Sizes - Scarf -or- Stole
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Stacy Shawl
    • Skill Level: Intermediate
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 4-Medium
  • Two-Thirds Shawl
    • Skill Level: Adeventuresome Beginner
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Tiffany Triangle Shawl
    • Skill Level: Intermediate
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Vortex Spiral Shawl or Afghan
    • Skill Level: Adventuresome Beginner
    • Size: Two Sizes - Shawl or Afghan
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine for Shawl -or- 4-Medium for Afghan
  • Poor Poet's Mitts
    • Skill Level: Intermediate
    • Size: Women's Md & Lg
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Esplanade Mittens
    • Skill Level: Adventuresome Beginner
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Bobble Gloves
    • Skill Level: Adventuresome Beginner
    • Size: Women's Sm & Md
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Delicate Vines Socks (Toe Up)
    • Skill Level: Adventuresome Beginner
    • Size: Women's XS, Sm, Md, L, & XL
    • Yarn: 2-Fine
  • Diamond Lace Socks (Toe Up)
    • Skill Level: Intermediate
    • Size: Women's XS, Sm, Md, Lg, & XL
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Vintage Kneesocks (Toe Up)
    • Skill Level: Advanced
    • Size: Women's Sm, Md, Lg, & XL
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Rhossili Beach Watch Cap
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Size: Sm, Md, & Lg
    • Yarn: 5-Worsted
  • Mairi Tam
    • Skill Level: Intermediate
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Light-As-A-Feather Smoke Ring
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Size: One Size
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Garden Party Cardigan
    • Skill Level: Advanced
    • Size: Women's Sm, Md, L, & XL
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Seashell Cami
    • Skill Level: Advanced
    • Size: XS, Sm, Md, & Lg
    • Yarn: 1-Superfine
  • Deirdre Sweater
    • Skill Level: Adventuresome Beginner
    • Size: Women's XS, Sm, Md, L, & XL
    • Yarn: 3-Light
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  There are all sorts of lace patterns and patterns for every skill level.  I think my favorite patterns would have to be: True Love Stole, Stacy Shawl, Vortex Spiral Afghan, Poor Poet's Mitts and Light-As-A-Feather Smoke Ring.  I need to place all of these puppies in my Queue in Ravelry.  This book is suitable for beginner lace knitters and seasoned lace knitters alike.  These pieces are both beautiful and functional! (Functional being the key!!)  These aren't pieces that will lay in a drawer, but pieces you'll wear every day.  

Disclosure: Crown Publishing sent KnitPurlGurl a FREE review copy of Wendy Knit Lace.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the above blog post.  All opinions expressed in the above blog post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Crown Publishing or Wendy D. Johnson.


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1 comment:

  1. I just got my copy from the my local library. I always make sure that I do a patron request for Wendy's books.
    I check out knitting books from the library first to check it out. Some books are ok but when I find a treasure like Wendy's new lace book, I go to amazon and order it.
    It is a wonderful book for a newbie and for the experience lace knitter.
    I highly recommend the book!

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