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If you are the compulsive-obsessive "must do it perfectly & in order w/ detailed directions" type of knitter you will HATE this book. If you already knit lace & LOVE your charted books & patterns, I'd suggest you pass on this one, it probably won't meet your standards. If you are looking for predesigned lace patterns & expect to be told stitch by stitch how to recreate something the author has designed you'll be disappointed. However, if you have wanted to learn to knit lace & found yourself completely overwhelmed & paralyzed by the charts in books & patterns, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd rather have FUN knitting lace than sweating over every stitch, & frogging more than you knit, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you are a rebel at heart & really don't like being told what to do & how to do it, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to understand how lace WORKS, why it does what it does when it does it, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to sit down with nothing other than your needles & yarn & knit lace "without a net," I strongly encourage you to consider this book. If you'd like to learn "Lace Logic" so you can chart & graph your OWN lace patterns, you yourself personally, I strongly encourage you to consider this book. Most other lace books teach you to read lace by sight - literally. You have to learn what all the symbols mean to even begin to knit lace with most of them. You have to memorize the "words" by rote memory without really understanding why that group of "letters" make those "sounds." "Crazy Lace" teaches you to read lace by "phonics." You learn what "sounds" each letter (stitch) makes & what "sounds" (textures) they create when you combine them in specific ways, (combination of stitches in a given sequence). Better than that, "Crazy Lace" teaches you to "read" your knitting, & this translates into every aspect of your knitting skills. You learn to visually recognize why something looks the way it does & how to make it look differently if that wasn't what you wanted it to do. This book is a WORKbook. This book is a foundational COURSE in knitting lace. Do not let its size fool you. It is not designed to "pick out a pattern," get a prescribed set of tools & materials, & follow a pattern. There is not a lot of text, but every sentence is precious & full of purpose. Let them marinate & savor them. Begin reading it, slowly & deliberately, on page one, w/ some fingering weight yarn & size 6 (4 mm) or 7 (4.5 mm) needles of your choice close at hand to test out things as you go along & really DIGEST this information. Make the Sampler Scarf. Try your hand w/ some freeform Crazy Lace. Cast on some stitches & play w/ the various shapes in the latter part of the book. Play w/ the edge embellishments. Study the few charts included to get you started w/ charted lace knitting. This book's primary purpose is to teach you to trust yourself to create your own lace; but you'll want to follow other's people's paths sometimes, so you are introduced to charting "language" along the way too. Best lace knitting book I've found!