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This columnist must confess to being a pushover for Schreier's pattern books (e.g., Modular Knits) because not only do they feature eye-catching knitwear designs, but they also teach new techniques using exercises and practice pieces. In her latest, Schreier presents some 25 patterns in order of difficulty, from a simple lace shrug to a flattering-for-any-figure modular lace sweater knitted entirely on angles. The collection emphasizes soft, feminine, openwork garments that drape beautifully and feature lightweight luxury yarns like silk and mohair blends. The author's goal is to teach lace knitters to "read her lace," i.e., to understand the logical progression of a lace pattern so well that they can eventually knit it without instruction. Should be popular in large public libraries.