"Estonian Knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques" is the first part of a trilogy. The authors are Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste. The book arrived today, so of course I have not read it in depth but I am so very impressed with it. The first 80+ pages "From ancient times to the present" gives the history of Estonian knitting in a clear and logic presentation. It is followed by "Tools and materials" telling of knitting needles, knitting bags, yarns and traditional colours. Then comes "Techniques" which is the best part of the book, a very impressive compilation of techniques used in Estonian knitting. It starts with "Holding the yarn and needles" followed by a number of cast-ons, basics, rib patterns, knit and purl combinations, stranded colourwork, inlay, braids. I can't recite the entire contents but there are of course also sections about nupps, lace, entrelac, fringes and borders and edges. If this book doesn't turn into a classic I don't know anything about knitting.
I often show some photos from books that I write about, but this book is so crammed with knowledge and useful illustrations that I find it very difficult to take a photo that does not give away to much information. Instead I recommend that you buy it!
So this first book is all about traditions and techniques. The second is to be about Socks and Stockings. The third will be about Gloves and Mittens. There is so much to look forward to. Many, many thanks to the three authors for making all this knowledge available.
Estonian knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques
by Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste
Saara Publishing House 2016, Türi Estonia