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Great Knitting Motifs
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always had a weakness for stitch dictionaries. Just as I
enjoy "reading" cookbooks, drooling over each
delectable recipe, I find all those luscious stitch patterns
intoxicating and filled with possibilities for my own knitting.
Since most of my projects in the last twenty years have
been created around a stitch pattern, I find myself owning
almost a shelf of these books, including this recent offering
by Luise Roberts.
is organized in an ingenious manner into three groups: traditional
stitch patterns, traditional pictorial motifs and modern
pictorial motifs. Under the first heading we find patterns
from many areas of the world, for example, Fair Isle, Western
Europe, Asia and South America. The second group presents
motifs from various cultures like Native American, Aztec,
Celtic and African. The modern pictorial group includes
topical elements such as animals, birds, floral, zodiac
and toys. Throughout there is a great deal of help in choosing
colors, positioning motifs in the garment and planning with
stitch repeats, even how to turn a motif 90 degrees to change
its orientation, i.e. from horizontal to vertical or vice
section builds from small motifs to larger, an approach
I find to be excellent for those attempting color work for
the first time. What I especially like is that the author
shows an abstract or geometric motif -- fair isle for example,
in 3 or 4 different color combinations, showing how different
the pattern looks and how the emphasis changes as a result
of color choice. In this her book is somewhat unique and
extremely helpful. Everywhere there are numerous choices
of motifs for both horizontal and vertical borders, central
medallions and all-over patterns. At the end she presents
some essential color techniques. But the real pleasure to
be found in the book is the gorgeous, joyous color. It would,
in addition, be a practical addition to your library.
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