Learn about the traditions and techniques of knitting in Lithuania past, present, and future. Plus find more than 25 mittens, glove, and sock projects to knit.
In Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions, you can journey with Donna Druchunas and June L. Hall around the country of Lithuania and learn about all of the fun and fascinating traditions and techniques that they discovered during their travels. Along with all of the stories, the book also includes over 25 patterns for traditional and modern socks, gloves, mittens, and beaded wrist warmers, all worked with Lithuanian techniques, pattern stitches, and motifs. The techniques used include colorwork, texture stitches, lace, entrelac, and more! And we’ve also included a chapter on how to perform some special Lithuanian knitting techniques.
Lithuania is a hub of European textile production and a haven for fiber artists. Visitors to the capital city of Vilnius find the narrow cobblestone streets flanked by hidden yarn and folk-art shops. Tourist markets overflow with hand-knitted mittens, socks, wrist warmers and caps. Museums house rich textile exhibits and collections, and traditional handcrafts are demonstrated at street festivals and open-air museums during summer. As soon as autumn’s cool breezes kick up, the streets become a veritable knitwear fashion show. Although Lithuania doesn’t have a reputation as a major tourist destination, the country is a knitter’s paradise.
In Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions, we introduce you to the Lithuanian cities and countryside; take you to visit knitters, weavers, and spinners; spend time learning about sheep, and wool; drop into a few yarn stores; and explore Lithuanian knitting techniques. When we are done, you’ll be drooling to cast on and knit some wonderful Lithuania-inspired projects!
I received your beautiful book today. What a work of love. The patterns are lovely and the historical side is wonderful as well. I am so happy to have purchased your lovely book. Thank you for all your hard work.
Finally! Donna Druchunas and June Hall book “Lithuanian knitting. Continuing Traditions is now available. Lithuanian folk art and traditions of fans both in Lithuania and abroad bring to Joy – the first comprehensive book about knitting Lithuania. From the very beginning – to the preparation of wool knitting patterns and models. The English language will reveal all the secrets of guests from abroad. And will be a wonderful gift from Lithuania. Convenient format, hardcover, published on good paper and richly illustrated book will decorate a coffee table and withstand constant knitters use.
—Mezgimozona.lt Yarn shop in Vilnuis, Lithuania
Ever since Donna introduced me to Lithuanian knitting and June gave me insights into the stories of Lithuanian sheep, I ve been looking forward to this book. I’ve watched its growth and was delighted to order one of the first copies. It’s comprehensive, thought-provoking, and a gift of love to the fiber community.
–Deborah Robson, author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook.
A unique book that is written with love and admiration for Lithuania and its deeply-rooted craft traditions. With the focus on knitting, Donna and June managed to introduce us to the country itself. This is a book that you want to read from cover-to-cover. Fascinating!
–Faina Gobersten, author of The Art of Seamless Knitting
Part travelogue, part knitwear collection, this well researched book enriches your knitting by providing cultural context for its patterns and designs. Celebrating history and a sense of place, it enables you to connect with Lithuanian knitters of the past… and to continue their work on your own needles.
–Felicity Ford, author of the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook
- Hardcover: 224 pages | 25 Patterns | Full Color | Ribbon Bookmark
- Publisher: Double Vision Press; First Edition (October 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989463834
- ISBN-13: 978-0989463836
Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions is the result of a 7-year research project and a life-long fascination with the knitting of the Eastern European nation of Lithuania. The authors June L. Hall and Donna Druchunas have visited Lithuania many times for research to provide you with the stories & patterns found in the pages of this book.
Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions is independently published by Double Vision Press and Donna Druchunas. Thank you all who contributed to the success of this book and to everyone who has purchased a copy. Now go read the stories and make your projects.