The Art of Knitted Lace: With Complete Lace How-to and Dozens of Patterns Potter Craft (July 13, 2010). Contributors to The Art of Knitted Lace include Lisa Llloyd, Annie Modesitt, Phoenix Bess, Berta Karapetyan, Melissa Matthay and Kristin Omdahl.
This is a truly stunning book (the cover doesn’t do it justice), filled with knitted lace designs from some incredible designers (see the partial list above). This book is not just another lace knitting book of patterns though – for those ready to go on the lace knitting journey this book will take you there from the first step to the last with explanations on how to read a chart, how to read line-by-line instructions, and different casting on and casting off techniques, along with the basics of knitting, swatching and blocking and then on to designing your own lace shawl + lots of lace tips and tricks to help you along your way.
The chapters have divided the lace designs into different styles: romantic, casual and runway. In the romantic chapter you will find some well loved patterns like Annie Modesitt’s Ninotchka Tank and her Silk Stockings which appeared in her bookRomantic Hand Knits, and beautiful fresh patterns from new designers like the Day in Venice Stole from Anne Lorenz-Panzer.
The runway section is as you might guess all about fashion – knitted lace dresses, hats, skirts and jackets. The Hamptons Dress by Berta Karapetyan has a beautiful shape to it and a really pretty shell like pattern – it was previously published in her book Runway Knits. Kristin Ohdahl has contributed a new pattern – a very beautiful Lacy Skirt with a drawstring waist. I loved the very delicate Giverny Wrap by Cheryl Niamath, which is knitted in a mohair/silk blend.
The last chapter – casual lace, is full of more practical knits, made with more practical, sturdy and slightly rustic yarns. This chapter includes cardigans and turtle-neck sweaters, socks and vests. I particularly liked the Ruby Vest, the Ravensong Sweater and the Harriet Sweater all by Lisa Lloyd, which appeared in her excellent book A Fine Fleece.
The patterns in this book are a compilation of some already published patterns by old favourite knitwear designers and some new patterns by upcoming designers, and for me this is perfect, with (if I counted correctly) 36 patterns in one place – great value. [ps. there is a free pattern for the Cats Eye Scarf available.]