Review: 1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Luise Roberts

1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Luise Roberts, Trafalgar: 2004. 288 pages. Spiral bound format available. Grade: A

This is a very straight-forward book. It’s a catalog of motifs. There isn’t much more here than knitting charts with color patterns. I think crocheters who enjoy tapestry crochet would appreciate this book just as much as knitters who often get into color work.

One reason why I love this dictionary is that all of the charts are in color. One of my issues with some of the older Fair Isle stitch pattern dictionaries is that they are printed in black and white, so it’s difficult to distinguish between colors if more than two colors are used in a single row. It’s not terrible if the charts are in black and white, but colored charts are just more helpful and easier to follow. I have decided to live with my older charts in black and white instead of buying the newer Fair Isle dictionary that Mary Jane Mucklestone authored a few years ago. I might buy it some day, but I also have some other stitch dictionaries that I’ve bought here and there at the newsstand around the corner and they’re also printed in color.

I also think this dictionary is fantastic because it isn’t just Fair Isle motifs, or only Native American motifs, etc. It has several from each tradition. On top of that, it has a unit devoted to modern graphs, including the zodiac, the natural world, and so on.

Finally, some of the charts are printed with different color combinations to offer an idea of what a pattern can look like in various palettes. This is not essential, of course, but it’s useful.

1000 Great Knitting Motifs is a must have if you can find it and enjoy color knitting or tapestry crochet. I think it has enough patterns to last a crafty person a lifetime. According to what I’ve seen on Amazon there are reasonably priced copies available second hand. The book technically is still in print, so it could also be ordered from the publisher or special ordered at a book store.

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