First, the facts:
Author: Rosemary (Romi) Hill
Published by: Interweave Press, 2015
Type: Clothing with lace
Introduction: A Love of Lace Knitting
1. Waves and Ripples
2. Diamond Fantasia
3. Leaf and Trellis
4. Twin Leaves
5. Wind and Shore
6. Twining Lilies
The In-Depth Look:
I love Romi’s designs and have more than one of her shawls in my collection, so I was very excited when I heard about this new book of hers.
She says in the intro, “For years, this book has been a tiny pinpoint of an idea niggling in the back of my mind. As I became more familiar with lace knitting, I became more and more fascinated with the way lace patterns were constructed. I loved how the placement of increases and decreases could alter a pattern, perhaps making it wave, and how changes in the types of decreases could transform the look of a pattern so completely. … This book is a collection of themes and variations. The lace patterns are traditional, not new by any means. But I have used them to put together a collection of lace garments and accessories that can be worn today, and any day.”
What follows is a collection of designs–sweaters, wraps, hats, scarves–that all use lace, sometimes (like in the shawls) as the main feature, but sometimes (like in many of the sweaters) as an extra touch, something to make it stand out and be different.
It doesn’t surprise me at all that I like most of the designs in this collection. (I would actually have been more surprised if I hadn’t, but that’s what prior experience with Romi’s designs will do for you.)
Simply, great patterns, great designs, and I think I’m about to go stash-diving so I can dive right in.
You can get this great book at your local shop or order it at Amazon.com.
This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!
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