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Mostly Mittens: Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    Intermediate to Experienced Kitters Only

    18 pages of basics begin this book. This section also includes a bit of history on the Komi people. These are Russian people that lived near the Ural Mountains.

    There are 35 mitten patterns and four cap patterns. Each project shows a color photo of the mitten, a bit about the mitten and the skill level, along with the sizes. The patterns were listed as intermediate and experienced skill levels so if you are a beginner, I would avoid this book. Yarn type and needles needed are listed next. The gauge is also listed so you can be sure the size will come out correctly.

    Each project is worked with a chart. Hopefully, you will know how to work with charts but if not, there is a 2 page section that describes how to do this. There is a short bio about the author at the back of the book.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    Mostly Mittens

    Part of the charm of this knitting book is the author's research of the Nomi people and their history of textile ornamentation. It is just a brief taste of their history, but it is a wonderful addition to the book.

    The introduction to the patterns contains a Basic Guidelines section, with an introduction of the yarn and needles used. There are several pages of instructions on how to use the charts and general mitten crafting. The actual patterns are only written in chart form, but that allows room for 35 beautiful and unique designs. There are also four knitted hat patterns, three caps and one Fez-style hat.

    The patterns are rated as intermediate to expert, but that may be due to learning the general shape along with yarn and needle management. If you can knit socks using the double pointed needles and can use more than one color yarn, these patterns should be no problem.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    This book is a fitting tribute to the Komi people and their beautiful mittens...

    This book has a wide array of patterns focusing on ethnic knitting designs from Russia. At first when I looked at the book, I thought most of the patterns were the same and they had just changed the colors. That couldn't have been farther from the truth.

    This book has clear instruction and a wide variety of patterns for the mitten lover. There are also hats and charts to use the mitten pattern to design a cap of your choice. The color possibilities are endless and author Charlene Schurch does an excellent job of explaining the history of the Komi people and their craft.

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