Yarn Geeks – March 2020
If your heart sinks at the thought of purl rows, then Portuguese Knitting might be the book for you. Most Portuguese knitters hold the yarn in a way that makes purling easy—so easy that they prefer it to the knit stitch.
For this technique, the yarn runs around the back of the neck, or through a special hook pinned to clothing at shoulder height. With the yarn held at this angle, and the right hand providing tension, the left thumb can flick the yarn over the right needle which then scoops up the new stitch. Who knew that purling could be so easy? I mean, other than the entire knitting population of Portugal, of course. There’s more to the book than just the technique—Rosa Pomar travelled all over her homeland collecting stories from knitters.
Postcard Reviews May 2020
If you have never seen Portuguese Knitting in action, it’s well worth finding a video to see. It is absolutely fascinating!
This book should be on every knitters wishlist. It is filled with beautiful projects, 20 in total, they all have stunning designs and beautiful colour choices.
The beginning of the book gives an in depth history of Portuguese knitting, with some interesting pictures. There is advice on pins, needles and most importantly yarn.
The projects themselves are varied, hats, bags, leggings and even a pillow, show how versatile and useful Portuguese Knitting can be.
There are several techniques, stitches, hints and tips to help you along the way and you can even embroider your finished design to give it a personal and individual flair.
I adored the Lace Collar, it’s very vintage and really beautiful.