Tessa Lorant Warburg

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Tessa Lorant's place in the history of knitting is explained in the seminal  A HISTORY OF HAND KNITTING, Richard Rutt (Batsford 1987)
A few excerpts from that book:
Tessa Lorant is one of the small number of women in England who bring a mathematically trained mind to their knitting. She has also a flair for reviving nineteenth-century patterns and reediting them…
...when she went to university in 1947 she read mathematics. Her tutor was both a keen geometer and a keen hand knitter, who interested her pupil in the topological characteristics of knitted loops...
...She became a computer programmer. Interest in computers led her to machine knitting...

This book provides a survey of knitting from the simplest of handknitted stitches to the most sophisticated of domestic knitting machines.

The emphasis is on encouraging the reader to explore modern techniques, and to make individual and original clothes, furnishings and wall hangings by the simplest and quickest methods. There are hints on easy ways of making up — often a much neglected aspect of producing a knitted garment, but crucial to the final outcome.


The outstanding art of knitting lace can be practised by hand or machine or, better still, by a combination of the two. There is wide scope for the use of knitted lace, including fashion, furnishings, hangings, trimmings for linen, accessories, nets, edgings or insertions and room dividers.

The techniques are not difficult to master, and the selection of modern knitted lace illustrated in the book shows the high standards that can be attained.

The techniques needed to knit lace are carefully explained. The reader is also shown how to combine different laces, how to make the appropriate seams and joins and, most important of all, how to dress and starch the finished lace to bring out its full beauty.

For anyone working in textile crafts, the range of yarns offered — in terms of texture, colour, and fibre quality and content — often seems overwhelming. This book helps to make the choice an informed on for both newcomers and advanced crafters.

Tips are included on how to

·        Decipher the often difficult code of industrially packaged yarn

·        Accurately compare yarn prices

·        Combine fine industrial yarns to create your own individual, thick ones

·        Reuse previously knitted or crocheted yarns

·        Turn an ‘unsuitable’ yarn into a unique design element

The book features a conversion table which makes it simple to convert from any of the yarn measuring systems in current use to a more familiar one.

The Silver Gauge, described under Knitting Aids, is an invaluable tool for finding the gauge of a yarn and so being able to substitute yarns given in patterns.




Copyright © Tessa Lorant Warburg 2011