The definitive guide to designing and knitting in the Irish Aran tradition, this highly sought after book returns to print after a decade's absence in a revised and expanded version. The author of many knitting classics, Alice Starmore is internationally renowned as a knitwear designer and an expert on knitting technique. In this guide, she ...
The definitive guide to designing and knitting in the Irish Aran tradition, this highly sought after book returns to print after a decade's absence in a revised and expanded version. The author of many knitting classics, Alice Starmore is internationally renowned as a knitwear designer and an expert on knitting technique. In this guide, she presents a fascinating history of Aran knitting and an analysis of the traditional style, in addition to a complete workshop in technique, pattern, and design. "Highly recommended" by "Library" "Journal, " this volume offers step-by-step instructions, photographs, and drawings. It provides complete directions and charted patterns for the original edition's fourteen designs many of them reknit in contemporary yarns plus a new design. Patterns include the St. Brigid, one of the author's most popular hand-knitted designs, which represents a step forward from Aran knitting into the realm of Celtic design. Brilliant color photographs depict all of the finished caps, sweaters, and shawls. Sixty easy-to-read charted patterns guide readers through the design process and encourage the development of unique patterns. Beginners and experienced knitters alike will cherish this comprehensive guide to a beloved craft."
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The thing about Alice Starmore is that she does it properly. You get the history, she sets the scene, the photography is beyond lovely so that by the time you come to the charted patterns, you are already totally sold on cables and are itching to pick up your needles. An explanation of the abbreviations appear on every page of the charts so there's no irritating flipping backwards and forwards and the pages are stacked full of helpful advice for every project. She always treats the Reader as a respected friend.
The actual patterns are a joy - no plain ribbed bands here - cables are the name of the game and from lower hem to the neck, the patterns flow with lovely smooth transitions from cuffs to arms to neck. Explanations are given as to why and how each element is part of the garment - in short, the Reader is involved at every stage of the journey.
This book is a treasure to me and I'm glad to own it.
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