I have in my hot little hands Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 5 which is all about lace knitting.
I’m pretty darn happy to have it because I have been all about the lace lately. You might have noticed . . .
I also have Volumes 1 and 2 which are knit/purl and cables. Volume 3, which I don’t have, is colorwork, and Volume 4, which I also don’t have is crochet (I don’t crochet if I can help it).
Volume 5 is the same format as the others — a large, beautifully produced hardcover book. It is A “landscape” oriented book (11 by 8.5″ approximately) and I think this is what makes it lie flat in such an obedient manner when you open it.
Here’s the Table of Contents:
You have the usual introductory material and explanation of how to use the book. The stitch patterns themselves are divided into sections: easy/mesh, edgings, chevrons, allover, panels, combos, and motifs.
There is a list of abbreviations (on what I think is a particularly nice layout):
And a how-to section for yarn overs:
There is also a glossay in the back that explains certain techniques and abbreviations.
Here is a page I photographed at random:
As you can see, there is a photo of the stitch pattern knit in a sample swatch, a chart, and the pattern written out in words. This is particularly nice for people who have little experience with charts but would like more — you can follow along with the words as you work from the chart.
I particularly like the way the charts are done — they are very clean and use symbols that I think are pretty universal. The rows are numbered and the repeats clearly marked. And there is a symbol key for every chart.
While some of the patterns are familiar to me, some are not. All in all? A good investment for the lace knitter, in my opinion.
If Keri was wondering if people would like her yarn, I don’t think she need wonder any further, given the number of comments I got entering the contest to win the skein she so kindly donated. Keep an eye on her website — she will be selling her handpainted yarn soon. (And there may still be a few skeins of her “sample” yarn in her etsy shop.) The Random Number Generator chose Amy T. Congratulations to you, Amy! I have emailed you.
And as always, thank you to everyone who left a comment. While I am at it, thanks for reading my blog. I am aware that lately content has been a bit thin on the ground and I appreciate those of you who stick around to read and comment. At the moment I have eleventy-billion different things going on in my life pulling me in eleventy-billion different directions, and that will continue for a while. But I am hoping that life will settle down into some semblance of normalcy by September so if you hang in there with me through the summer I’d appreciate it.
You know they are all coming to see me, right? It’s not about you.