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A Stitch In Time - Heirloom Knitting Skills
Rita Taylor

Search Press
14 February 2013 / ISBN-13: 9781844489282
How-To Books/Knitting
Amazon US - UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Knitting has been with us since the Middle Ages and is currently enjoying a revival. This is not just another book of projects, nor an encyclopedia but a book looking at the origins of knitting and how traditional patterns can be used today to make many attractive and useful items.

Starting with a brief potted history this book is divided into sections on stitches. These are sensibly arranged mostly in order of difficulty with textured stitches such as plain and purl first, through twisted stitches (i.e. cable), lacework and intarsia methods. Each chapter starts with the history of the stitch type and has pages of traditional patterns to practice and use in your own designs. Each pattern is short and there are usually three to a page, with a photograph of the finished work, color key, written instructions and charts. At the end of each chapter are a couple of projects, ranging from clothes and accessories for adults and children to items such as a hot water bottle cover, cushion cover and baby blanket. You can even knit your own “raspberry beret! Finally at the end of the book there is a brief section with staged photographs on how to knit, although this is to remind those who already know but are rusty as this is very much a book for the intermediate knitter, or at least the improver. Overall it is a handsome book well illustrated with old photographs and archive pictures as well as all the projects and would make a great gift for anybody with an interest in the history of knitting.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2013