Ethnic Knitting Discovery: The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and the Andes

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Donna Druchunas presents traditional knitting designs and techniques from across the globe in step-by-step fashion. She begins with what ethnic knitting is, what you don't need to know, and color tips. For each location, she offers brief knitting-specific history, key techniques, and a handful of versatile patterns (texture or color). An introductory project lets the reader practice new skills, which are then applied to the knitting of individually designed pullover sweaters.

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Overview

Donna Druchunas presents traditional knitting designs and techniques from across the globe in step-by-step fashion. She begins with what ethnic knitting is, what you don't need to know, and color tips. For each location, she offers brief knitting-specific history, key techniques, and a handful of versatile patterns (texture or color). An introductory project lets the reader practice new skills, which are then applied to the knitting of individually designed pullover sweaters.

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Druchunas, who explored the lace knitting of native Alaskans in her earlier Arctic Lace, here turns her attention to knitting in other ethnic traditions. What is ethnic knitting? Ethnic knitters usually knit from a basic understanding of the process of knitting learned at an early age. Using techniques passed on by family and friends, they create distinctive pieces without using written patterns. Proof that with solid content a knitting book doesn't necessarily have to include glossy color photos, this includes 12 small skill-building projects (e.g., caps, scarves, sweaters) that teach texture and color knitting in the context of traditional knitting of the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, and the Andes region of South America. An excellent choice for public libraries with strong knitting collections.


—Jan Zlendich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966828931
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Freedom from Patterns     9
What you don't need to know
What you do need to know
A Few Basics     20
Yarn and supplies
Knitting in the round
Working from charts Centering patterns
Three-needle bind-off
The Netherlands     36
Texture patterns
Simplest sweaters with some challenges
Seaman's Scarf     42
Pullover with Single Motif     48
Sampler Pullover     58
Denmark     68
Texture patterns
Welts
Half-gussets
Cap     76
Pullover with Simple Patterns     82
Fitted Pullover with All-Over Pattern     92
Norway     102
Color patterns
Stitch-and-cut armholes and necklines
Headband     108
Boatneck Sweater with Optional Turtleneck     112
Crewneck Sweater     122
The Andes     132
Color patterns
Andean-style knitting
Puntas
Steeks
Monedero (Change Purse)     144
Unisex Pullover     150
Girls Only Pullover (with Boys' Alternative)     160
Bibliography     170
Index     171
Acknowledgments     174
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