First Book of Modern Lace Knitting
by Marianne Kinzel
This is Dover's reprint of the original 1954 edition. Not so modern any more!
But on the other hand, this book has a lot to recommend it, not the least of which is a true appreciation for the art of knitted lace and an historical perspective. We might not knit tea cozies, trolley cloths, and antimacassars anymore, but this book will give the experienced knitter plenty of great ideas. Includes good basic information on lace knitting, including proper blocking. There is a very nifty method for casting on to dp needles that would be of use to many a knitter!
Arranged into sections of straight needle, circular, and square-on-circular designs (remember there were no circular needles at the time). The designs can not only be adapted to modern projects (scarves, table runners, shawls and stoles) but they will increase your understanding of how lace patterns interlock together and are adapted to finished shapes. Personally, I want to swatch some of the patterns in heavier yarn--by this I mean fingering weight!--to see how they work.
Not for beginners--the materials are outdated (we will include some conversion charts), and there are abbreviations that are no longer common, although once you translate them you won't have any difficulty at all. There are both charts and line-by-line instructions.
This is a book for adventurous knitters who have some experience with lace knitting.