The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit

Presenting three classic Orenburg-style lace patterns in written form for the very first time. Created from a series of basic elements and patterns handed down from generation to generation from the Orenburg region of Russia, Galina Khmeleva has worked with these talented craftspeople to bring you these unique knitted masterpieces. Create your own heirloom shawl following step-by-step instructions and charts laid out for ease of knitting from bottom to top.

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4 thoughts on “The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit Reviews

  1. Manuela Verdickt says:

    Review by Manuela Verdickt for The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit
    I was a little bit disappointed when I received this book, having allready “Knitted Lace of Estonia” by Nancy Bush.

    In the book you find the pattern description for a triangular shawl, a scarf and a square shawl. And a stitch and border dictonary. There are ten basic elements in Orenbrug shawls and you can combine these stitches as you please.

  2. Tiffany Case says:

    Review by Tiffany Case for The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit
    This book begins with detailed instructions for knitting small sampler-sized shawls. It then provides three complete patterns for full-sized Orenburg lace shawls. The first is a triangle shawl with a detailed border, the second is a rectangular pine-tree pattern, and the final shawl is a very difficult, but very stunning, medallion square.

    I highly recommend taking the trouble to knit one of the samplers and learn the techniques. The three patterns that follow assume that you are already familiar with the basic shawl construction. If you try to begin your first Orenburg shawl with one of these patterns, you will probably be confused. There are also some small pattern errors. These will be easy enough to figure out for an experienced knitter who has gone through the samplers, but this is not a book for raw beginners.

    The shawls themselves are very beautiful (especially once they are blocked out – a step you can’t really skip). Sadly, this seems to be the only book of Orenburg patterns published in English, so if you move in knitting circles, you will probably run into someone who has knit the same shawls. In fact, a simple web search for ‘Orenburg knit’ will turn up at least half a dozen pictures of these shawls on people’s project blogs.

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