Saturday, May 01, 2010

REVIEW: Stitchionary Volume Five - Lace Knitting

Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Five: Lace Knitting
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (June 1, 2010)

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Vogue Knitting has released the latest volume in their popular Stitchionary series, Volume Five: Lace Knitting. This is the most comprehensive collection of lace patterns that I have seen - over 150 beautiful designs, many of which have been pulled from the Vogue Knitting archives.

Lace comes in all sorts of varities - from light and airy to chunky to intricate - making it a timelessly popular choice with knitters. With patterns ranging from the simplest of simple to quite baffling, gorgeous lace can be achieved by both novice and experienced knitters alike. Whether you are looking for a relaxing or challenging project, lace patterns provide many options.

Stitchionary Volume Five is organized into seven sections, arranged from the easiest to the most challenging: Easy/Mesh, Edgings, Chevrons, Allover, Panels, Combos and Motifs. Easy to follow written instructions, as well as charts are included for all of the patterns. Detailed swatch photos are also included for each pattern, allowing you to clearly see the designs.

An indispensable reference book for lace knitters, Stitchionary Volume Five is one to add to your bookshelf!

CONTEST! Win it before you can buy it! The publisher has given us two copies of Stitchionary Volume Five to giveaway to you, the readers! To enter, leave a comment here (be sure to leave a means of contact if your blog or email does not automatically link) telling me what your favorite lace pattern is. To get an extra entry, send your friends here to enter the contest and have them mention who sent them. Winners will be selected by random number generator. If the first winner selected was referred by someone, both of them will win. If not, I'll select a second winner from the entries. Deadline for entries is Monday, May 10 at midnight. So get those referrals coming in ... blog, Tweet, Facebook and text away!

57 comments:

wendy@wadge.com said...

My favorite lace pattern right now is the first one I have ever knitted! It's called Falling Birch Leaves and I am knitting it in Jojoland Melody. I already have a stash of lace yarn, just calling to me to be used!

Wendy

Knitwise Cracker said...

My favorite lace pattern is strangling vines. My e-mail address is dlm1026@msn.com

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My Ravelry name is yarnnonni and I have been knitting for 4 years now after crocheting for 45 years. I love it and my favorite is lace. My favorite lace pattern for beauty is Nightsong. My favorite for simplicity and beautiful colors is Guirlandes (using Noro sock yarn).

marina said...

I have the other books in this series, but I am a serious lace addict now, so this would be a great addition to my collection.

quiltnut1 at comcast dot net

marina said...

Oops, forgot to mention my favorite lace pattern. Right now it is "fishtail" because I am making lace wristwarmers using that pattern.

Anonymous said...

Oh sorry, pandalark again, didn't actually read it. I like fishnet diamonds.

Lynne S of Oz said...

Gosh, I'll bite on this one! Thanks for the giveaway - is it open to international peeps like me? I love stitchionaries and lace :-)

kelseymelissa said...

My favourite lace pattern? I love Lily of the Valley patterns, with nupps! Specifically, I loved the Swallowtail Shawl pattern.
I love all the other stitchionaries, and I'm excited for this one because I absolutely LOVE lace!

Grace said...

I have been dieing for this book to come out, My favorite lace pattern, all of them, I have never met one I didn't like but diamonds or leaves if I have to choose one.

Tired said...

I love lace and am very much looking forward to adding this to my collection.

razsti@yahoo.com said...

My favorite lace stitch? the Estonian Lily of the Valley especially Piibelehtkiri. It's beautiful.
On the other hand, the pattern has to fit the design of whatever's being knit....so I guess my 'favorite' would be the one that suits the design of the moment.

Once I won a quart of oil. That's it, ever.

EvilSquirrel said...

so far my favourite lace pattern are any that make leaves...i love the way the leaves work on edgings...

(evilsquirrel on Rav)

Joycef2 said...

My favorite lace pattern is Ogee lace. I love the way it looks like a flower inside a leaf.

Happy Knitting!

Leah said...

Oh, please enter my name!

Leah Kenworthy / leahken@yahoo.com

Thanks!

Sherri said...

Oh yay, I've been waiting for this to come out! My favourite lace pattern changes regularly but I'm always drawn to the Estonian patterns, especially Lily of the Valley.

saxcell@gmail.com

AmysBabies said...

I love all lace patterns! I can't wait to see this book. amyshimel @ hotmail dot com

Lisabeth T said...

My favorite lace pattern is whichever I happen to be working on at the moment. There are way too many to choose just one.

"shenoahdesigns" on Ravelry

katya said...

I never get tired of feather and fan. It's so comforting!

katya@kateschmidt.com

Anonymous said...

one favorite ? just one ?
I have 3 OTN now ... and all are 'current' favorites.
1) In The Pink in ancient stash laceweight, 2) 198 Yards of Heaven in a lucious sugar cane blend, and 3) Twinigs by Anne Hanson in Berocco fingering. All 3 got attention today. I am on ravelry as lisagoknit

Awesome!! Thanks for the lace dreams of a book.
Lisa

HavingMySay said...

My favorite lace pattern so far is the Cube Pattern with a Spruce from Haapsalu Shawl. I'm using it for the center of a wedding shawl for my daughter, because it's so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I have not had the experience of knitting a lace pattern. Your review was wonderful. After reading your review, I would purchase this book if I did not win. As always, your reviews are wonderful and informative. KRR

Anonymous said...

My favourite lace pattern is Ogee Lace. I recently knit a shawlette using a similar stitch.
ritaknitting at hotmail.com

Entrelac said...

My favorite lace is the geometric stuff -- diamonds, lattices, etc.

Count me in for the drawing, pretty please? I can be reached at entrelac (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks!

Mairi said...

I suppose my favourite lace pattern would be the traditional 'Old Shale' - it's so flexible and adaptable.

Anonymous said...

My name is OakTree on Ravelry. I'm new at falling in love with lace and want to know more. The only lace I have much experience with is Print 'O The Wave- made 6 stoles with this pattern for my daughter's wedding. I'm currently trying my hand with the TW shawl.
OakTree

Toffee's Mum said...

I don't think I have a favourite lace pattern, there are just too many that I love. My current favourite is probably the Evenstar motif on the Evenstar mystery shawl KAL. It's delicate and pretty.

Lou
Toffeesmum on Ravelry

Channon said...

I don't really have a favorite lace pattern... I do seem to do feather & fan a lot, so maybe I'm drawn to that...

Gail said...

No absolute favorites -- but I have done a lot of "leaf lace" -- in shawls. Quick, easy to follow and memorize, and very pretty, no matter the weight of the yarn.

Brenjs said...

Thank you for the contest!I am new to knitting lace, but really like the challenge of it. I have made the Haruni and now I am hooked (pun intended). I am on Ravelry as BrenJS. In fact it was your link on Ravelrythat brought me here.

Jenna said...

My current favorite lace pattern is the one used in Nightsongs (Gail). But there are so many lovely ones to choose from!

jennakh@msn.com

knittinwolf said...

I've never seen any of these books...sounds awesome!

nikki said...

Hi! My favorite lace pattern right now is Frost Flowers from Barbara Walker's stitch collection books (I think it's in the third one?)

nicolegrazioso@gmail.com

gaylen said...

How sad is it that I'm really drawn to just a simple eyelet pattern. I'm just getting my lace wings. fun. g

Barbara B. Solbrig said...

So far my favorite lace pattern is Feather and Fan, but I will say at this point I still pretty new to lace. That said, I am falling head-over-heels with lace and am looking forward to learning a lot more patterns.

Sue said...

Chan sent me over. My favorite is a snowflake stitch that I learned in making an afghan for a friend.

ikkinlala said...

My current favourite lace pattern is the one used in Interlocking Leaves socks.

Kathy R said...

My current favorite lace pattern is called "fir cone", I believe. It's the one used in the Emily shawl I made and also the popular Shetland Triangle shawl. It looks awful till it's blocked, then it looks amazing.

Eve said...

I'm pretty new to lace knitting and have just started Marianne Kinzel's Daffodil tea cloth form her Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting. I suppose since I've only just started with lace that this is my favorite pattern. :) I have worked some less complex lace, of course, but I really want to design my own pieces and need all the stitch libraries I can get my hands on!

Anonymous said...

I have the other four volumes and love them. My favorite pattern is Tibetan Cloud Beaded Stole...email is nanalisette@onemain.com

AllyB said...

Ooo, pick me, pick me! It would look great on the shelf with the other 4 volumes. Going to advertise you on my blog now...xxxooo

Marjie said...

Assign my woof to Gaylen or Chan, since I don't knit! As always, I love your reviews, even when it's on a subject about which I know nothing!

Annie said...

I like the diamond shape a lot and have done a blanket with feather and fan patterns. Just recently did a dragon scale pattern washcloth that I really like.

Annie

Anonymous said...

My favorite lace pattern is the leaf lace pattern as in the Woodland Shawl.
MissValerie on Ravelry

Barbara said...

This sounds like a fabulous book to add to my lace knitting library.

My favorite lace pattern right now is the tiger's eye pattern - I just added it into a plain triangle shawl and it turned out great.

msdijeannene@gmail.com

AllyB said...

Ok, I forgot to answer the question...my favorite lace pattern is Multnomah...I love how she blocks out in a spider web weight yarn.

Gabriela said...

My favorite lace pattern right now is the one I'm working on it's the Sargassum scarf by Tabitha's Heart Designs. Next lace in my queue is the Girasole by Jared Flood.

Rav id = GabyKnits
Blog = www.livinglavidanormal.com
Email = craftygaby at gmail dot com

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

yarnophiliac said...

I love these Vogue books -- have all the others! Thanks for reviewing the book -- I didn't know it had come out!

colleenBurke said...

Eyelet Lace is my Fave!

janecheverie@earthlink.net said...

Don't have a fav pattern yet but anxious to try a few from this book!

andrea said...

Way too many favorite patterns. That's why I love pattern books and lace knitting! "Lovin Comfort Knits" sent me. Would love to share this prize with her!

Bluebird49 said...

I got over here from Lovin Comfort Knits, too. I just love to see what lace SHE'S going to make next!

Ina said...

I love lace patterns! It's hard to pick just one, but I suppose Old Shale and its many variations would be a strong contender. Thank you for a great contest!

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

Great giveaway! I've got 3 projects lined up right now and I think I am leaning towards Woodland Shawl or Meandering Vines Shawl! I haven't done a lot of lace but whatever I am about to do is my favourite! Thanks!

slavi said...

Is it still on? :-) I love lace and I love VK's stitchionaries:-)

slavi said...

Ups, I forgot to mention my favourite lace pattern - I think it is Laminaria, found it on ravelry and it is so cool with great Estonian lace stitches. I love Estonian lace!!!

Acipenser said...

Thanks for the review. I'm glad there are charts included since I heard that other volumes in the series don't have charts in the US version (but in the German one). My favourite lace pattern is Maplewing by Anne Hansen. My Ravelry name is Acipenser.

Steven said...

I'm completely obsessed with Milanese lace pattern. (Ravelry: RodeoKnits)