Offers a collection of seven hundred pattern stitches, including edgings, laces, borders, knit purl combinations, cables, twist stitches, and ...
|Title||:||A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns|
|Number of Pages||:||569 Pages|
|File Size||:||999 KB|
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A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns Reviews
I bought this second treasury before buying any of Barbara Walker's other collections, because of the reviews it received. I am awed by all the knowledge contained in this book! In addition to the hundreds of stitch patterns (and Ms. Walker knitted all the swatches herself!), Ms. Walker offer ideas for how to incorporate these designs into a pattern and how to adapt them for knitting in the round; and she shares a little history or advice for every stitch pattern.
I own and love the (first) Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker. The patterns are well written, easy to understand, and the photographs add greatly to the usefulness of the book. In all honesty I will not live long enough to be able to use even a fraction of the patterns in the book so didn’t really need another Treasury. I do a lot of circular knitting – knitting in the round. A few comments on the internet noted that A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns included instruction on how to convert flat knitting patterns to patterns for use in circular knitting. I didn’t need any more flat knitting patterns, but looking forward to the ability to convert flat knitting patterns to circular knitting made me put A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns on my wish list. I received it from a family member for Christmas. Imagine my disappointment when I found only three and a half pages of commentary about converting to circular knitting out of a 388 page book! There were no specific examples; there were no instructions given for even a few patterns showing how they had been converted; there were no patterns designed for circular knitting. There were no step by step instructions on how to convert even one example pattern. There was little discussion about converting the more difficult lace type patterns with yarn overs etc. The brief and not very helpful directions given are already available on the internet, and I wanted more in depth instruction. I am still giving this book a good rating because if what you are looking for is another great group of patterns from Barbara Walker, I would expect this book to fill your needs. If, however, you wanted to learn how to convert patterns from flat to circular knitting this book gets one star. I am returning the book.
I chose the 2nd Treasury of patterns because it had most of the patterns that I would like to refer to. More than I can do in a lifetime, but wonderful for my library. I usually only buy books that are primarily reference materials.
I know a lot of people harp on about the pictures being black and white but I assure you that it is a positive attribute. They are clean, clear, detailed and adequately sized. I can't count the number of times I've encountered stitch photos that actually distract and discourage me with the horrific choice of yarn and colour. These black and white photos deliver a no-fuss visual punch.
I've wanted to have this book for many years and finally...it's mine! It's a must have for every knitter's library. The possibilities are endless. There is much to learn from Barbara Walker as a new knitter, but the seasoned knitter will be excited as well. This is a book, overflowing with stitch patterns. A novice knitter could turn many of the stitch patterns into scarves as a way of becoming familiar with the wide variety of knit, purl, YO, increase, decrease etc...combinations. The more experienced knitter will have fun plugging these stitch patterns into existing clothing patterns or designing their own patterns using Ms.Walker's extensive stitch collection as a starting point. There are three other books in this series, but it always seems that A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns is the favored one and I see why. I'm very happy with my choice.
I bought the first, second and third treasuries of knitting patterns, so I'm going to kind of combine my reviews. The second and third treasuries are definitely for more intermediate/advanced knitters, or at least knitters who have learned to read more complicated/longer patterns. The first treasury is excellent for me, as I've only begun to teach myself lace! However I very much look forward to using the other books to help make my own projects in the future. It's well laid out, good instructions, the pictures are black and white so it's a little difficult to see the images of what fabric looks like.