The Complete Book of Traditional Knitting - Rae Compton

The Complete Book of Traditional Knitting - Rae Compton


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Traditional Knitting by Rae Compton
Nearly every country has developed its own traditional techniques and patterns for knitting: Fairisle knitting is worked without seams, looped knitting is characteristic of Finland, and in Peru intricately shaped caps are knitted in brilliant colours. In The Comple te Book of Traditional Knitting Rae Compton explores the unique traditions of knitters from Tibet to Peru, and from Iceland to the isles of Greece.
After an introductory chapter tracing the early history of knitting, there are sections on all the familiar types of traditional knitting — Aran, Fairisle, Faroe etc — and also on many which are less familiar but nonetheless fascinating, such as South American, Greek, Yugoslavian, Danish, Turkish and Norwegian knitting. The author stresses the importance of using the correct materials and techniques for the various knitting methods, (coloured knitting is easier if worked in the round) and each chapter contains detailed instructions for special techniques, stitch patterns for typical designs and examples of traditional work. The text is illustrated throughout with close-up photographs, diagrams and pattern charts for colour work. Finally, complete instructions are given for working 13 traditional garments, including an Austrian waistcoat, an Estonian stole, an Icelandic sweater, a Shetland shawl and a Swedish cap.
All knitters, both beginners and those with some experience, should find this wide ranging collection of techniques and patterns a source of inspiration for new ideas as well as a useful guide to the enormous variety of traditional methods and designs.

Hard Back
240 pages
7 colour photographs
176 black and white photographs
123 line illustrations

Condition Used
Weight 0.95kg


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