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Search Press, Fall 2019

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Portuguese Knitting
A historical & practical guide to traditional Portuguese techniques, with 20 inspirational projects
By (author): Rosa Pomar
9781782217213 Hardcover English General Trade CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Needlework / Knitting Mar 03, 2020
$28.95 CAD
Forthcoming 8.38 x 10.5 x 0.64 in 160 pages Search Press
The history and practice of knitting in Portugal, with 20 beautiful, traditionally inspired patterns.

More than just a history book or a handicraft manual, Portuguese Knitting is a trip to the Portuguese heritage of woolcraft. It discovers knitting memories of the past, traditional patterns and techniques that are brought up to date in the form of beautiful modern pieces such as socks, hats, shawls, cowls, pot holders and leggings. Containing previously unpublished images of great historical importance, this is a fundamental work in the history of Portuguese woolcraft.

Easy-to-follow instructions and clear illustrations allow beginners or more experienced knitter to recreate historical pieces in an original, contemporary and always Portuguese way. You can make these pieces as they are shown, or use other colours to create your own unique and original gifts.

a valuable historical resource on the history of Portuguese knitting

contains previously unpublished photographs of historical importance

includes information on techniques and 20 patterns with easy-to-follow instructions

Rosa Pomar learned to knit at the age of seven and never stopped. As a child, she knitted mainly dolls and her family found it difficult to tear her away from her knitting needles. She took courses in medieval history, then subsequently in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in Nova Cirque. As the author of one of the oldest Portuguese blogs,, she frequently addresses the subject of traditional Portuguese textiles. She carries out research in this area, especially in the field of wool, travelling around the country to visit shepherds and spinners. In 2008, she created Retrosaria, a store dedicated to the sale of fabrics and materials for knitting and sewing ( Since 2009, she has created several new textile techniques, always finding ways of bringing the tradition Portuguese knitting methods into contemporary pieces. She has taught dozens of people to knit.

Author Residence: Portugal

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