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Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens (Folk Knitting series) [Paperback]

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1997
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1883010349  
EAN  9781883010348  

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Offering mitten patterns from around the world, this introduction to folk knitting is followed by a generous section on the techniques of knitting mittens. Among topics covered are gauge, wool selection (including techniques for washing and felting wool), casting on, plait edging, ribbed and unribbed cuffs, and a long section on the ever-elusive thumb. Also detailed are techniques for hand-knit mitten cords, finishing, and sizing.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marcia Lewandowski spent her first twenty-five years in Minnesota where the long winters taught her to appreciate warm serviceable mittens. She currently resides in the south of Bolivia where she is working with the Mennonite Central Committee to strengthen women's groups. She is also the author of "Andean Folk Knits: Great Designs from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador & Bolivia".

Marcia Lewandowski was born in 1958.

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Easy to follow patterns, good variety  Jun 24, 2008
This is a great book for seasoned folk knitters or beginners alike. The intro is very informative and helpful in demonstrating most of the techniques in the book. Charts are accompanied by a color picture of the finished project, as well as a written description. I've made nearly all of the patterns so far and I love them all! Many different fibers and techniques used.
good source book  Mar 22, 2008
This is a good source book for mittens and I'm looking forward to trying to convert some of the needle knitting patterns to a loom pattern and see what I can come up with. Then I might try some of them on needles. They look gorgeous, and very interesting. I have read through the descriptions and everything on each mitten listed several times. It's a good source book for mittens.
Great charts, so-so text  Sep 17, 2007
If you can knit from charts and don't need directions, this book is for you. While the pictures are pretty, the charts are tiny, and I found the explanatory text weak. Note that each mitten comes in one size only - it's up to you to size up or down by changing needle size and/or yarn weight.
I agree with the other reviewer about the lack of information on how to do thumb gussets. For an advanced knitter, this could be a great idea book. For those who want more detailed instructions, not so much. A better book for those wanting explanations and details about folk mitten traditions is "Favorite Mittens" by Robin Hansen.
A poor sequel to "Folk Socks"  Apr 7, 2006
I purchased this book hoping for something comparable to Nancy Bush's excellent "Folk Socks" and was very disappointed. The designs and colourways are crude compared to the folk designs they're based on, and Lewandowski's brief accounts of folk traditions are poorly written and patronizing. The book includes some useful information on the construction of mittens, but I would not want to knit any of the patterns.
great book  Oct 19, 2005
I gave this book 5 stars because the mitten patterns and the history behind each mitten is awesome but....frankly her explaination on how to knit them, especially the thumbs is rather pathetic! I have been knitting for quite a few years and have knit many pairs of mittens, and knitting these mittens, or at least just the thumbs were rather difficult to figure out. At least I think so. If her explaination on how to knit the thumb gussets where better explained, I don't believe the mittens would be very difficult to knit. The graphs in the book are very good. Very easy and not confusing. Even with the thumbs being confusing...I think it's definately a book worth buying. You can always go to a local yarn store to get help on the thumbs if you need to. The finished mittens are beautiful and I know I'm glad I took the time to figure out the thumb gussets.

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