Lace knitting gets a fresh update that finally makes the craft accessible to all!
From a Triangle Tulip Shawl and Floral Tunic to a Starry Nights Bolero, these stunning projects showcase rich textures and beautiful detail.
Working with four basic shapes, Brooke Nico creates 16 gorgeous wearables plus two “bonus” variants. You can use needles and yarn of any size to knit these garments, and each one features simple construction and elegant lines.
When I received this book in the mail, the front cover immediately captured my attention and I knew what was inside would be a gorgeous lace adventure. For me personally, I like Brooke’s approach in her new book as she only uses four basic shapes with simple construction to create 16 fantastic pieces, all that can be knitted in various weights of yarns and different sizes of needles. Pretty neat if you ask me!
So, what’s inside? There are six chapters inside this 128 page book that contain detailed information, including chapters dedicated to abbreviations and knitting basics. Please note that while there are written instructions for each design, the lace designs are primarily charted, with the exception of seven designs, which include written and charted instructions. For those of you uncertain about charts, Brooke has included in the first chapter two pages dedicated to understanding how to read and use charts.
As for the sixteen designs, including two bonus designs, you will find a total of 2 scarves, 1 hat, nine shawls and six garments, all broken down in various forms in the following chapters. Also included is a chapter for “Motifs for Exploration” that teaches you how to incorporate different lace motifs into lovely knitted shawls or garments.
- Japanese Leaf Scarf
- Cables and Lace Stole (uses the design from the Japanese Leaf Scarf)
- Butterfly Stole
- Posies Wrap (garment)
- Starry Nights Bolero (garment)
- Poinsettia Jacket (garment)
- Angel Shawl
- Traveling Vines Cape or Skirt
- Orange Crush Beret
- Camellia Dolman (garment)
I LOVE this book and already have a few favorites:
Even though this book currently retails for $19.95, you are getting each pattern for $1.25 each, which is a steal ! I would consider this book for your reference library, but if you are apprehensive about the charted instructions, this might not be the right book for you and would suggest checking it out at a local library or viewing it at your LYS before buying. On the flip side, if you love adventure and are an avid lace knitter, then go for it, you’ll love the designs!
About the Designer: Brooke Nico is the co-owner of Kirkwood Knittery, where she uses her eye for detail and fashion experience to keep her store ahead of trends in knitting. However, lace is where Brooke has really made her mark, and her talent has been recognized by Vogue Knitting, Knitters, and Debbie Bliss magazine. She has taught lace classes at VKLive, VKLive LA, and several Stitches (XRX) events. Brooke lives in Kirkwood, MO. You can find Brooke online at Ravelry.
Disclaimer: This copy was provided by Sterling Publishing for review and the above opinions are my own.