Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska’s Native Knitters

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Qiviut makes perfect hand-knitted lace, as demonstrated by the Alaskan artisans of Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-op.

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Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska’s Native Knitters.
Qiviut, or musk ox down, is a world-class fiber—luxurious, warm, and lightweight.

People who experience it become obsessed. Qiviut makes perfect hand-knitted lace, as demonstrated by the Alaskan artisans of Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-op. This book presents how-tos for knitting and designing lace, projects suited to new as well as experienced lace knitters, yarn sources, and comprehensive cultural background.

A simple step-by-step introduction to knitting and designing lace.

Applicable to any yarn. Fifteen projects, for beginning to intermediate lace knitters. Information about the history and use of qiviut, possibly the world’s most exquisite fiber.

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Black & White
  • Publisher: Nomad Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966828976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966828979
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Additional information

Additional information

Weight.975 lbs
Dimensions12 x 9 x 1 in
Reviews (1)

1 review for Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska’s Native Knitters

  1. Chicago Mom

    Don’t be afraid to try lace! Even if you’ve never picked up a pair of needles before, you can start knitting lace with just this book alone. It includes clear, complete instructions with pictures of how to cast on and off, work even the most basic stitches, backgrounds, and borders. There is a very helpful discussion of pros and cons of yarns suitable for knitting lace, then a lace knitting “workshop” discusses straight and circular needle materials and size, yarn weight, full chart reading instructions, and leads you through 3 progressively harder lace swatches. All patterns are charted which is very combination knitter friendly.

    This wonderful book is full of tips to practically ensure your success in learning to knit lace even if you’ve never knit before. One of the best features is that it includes full instructions for making your own lace patterns with a library of lace stitches to use and tips on making your own charts. A variety of easy projects will get you started if you’re not feeling adventurous enough to try designing your own yet.

    There is a lot of interesting information about the native Alaskan co-op and musk oxen where the luxurious qiviut yarn comes from, as well as pictures (but not patterns) for each village’s signature lace pattern. Although the pictures are black and white, it really doesn’t detract from the book and the high contrast makes the lace patterns are very visible. This is one of my most treasured knitting books.

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