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Knitters everywhere have been rejoicing for the republished and expanded edition of Alice Starmore's classic Aran Knitting. Aran garments have a controversial history that Starmore deftly covers in the first section of the book, recounting how geography, war, social life, and family life on the Aran islands led to Aran knitting. But most knitters, including myself, are after the mind-blowing stitch patterns and jaw-dropping sweaters. Many of the garments have been newly photographed to bring out the vivid details present in Aran knitting, and new patterns have been added as well. The ornate designs can be knit by anyone with enough time and patience, and yield stunning results. Grab a copy of this book while you can, before it goes out of print again!
Recommended by Rachel C., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

Revised, expanded edition of expert guide encompasses a history of Aran knitting; complete workshop in technique and design; 60 charted patterns for the original 14 designs, many reknit in contemporary yarns; including a new design. Color photographs.

Synopsis:

Revised, expanded edition of expert guide encompasses a history of Aran knitting; complete workshop in technique and design; 60 charted patterns for the original 14 designs, many reknit in contemporary yarns; including a new design. Color photographs.

Synopsis:

The definitive guide to the ever-popular Irish Aran sweater, Starmore's highly sought after book returns in a revised and expanded version. It encompasses a history of Aran knitting; a complete workshop in technique, pattern, and design; 60 charted patterns including the original edition's 14 designs, plus a new garment. Color photographs depict finished caps, sweaters, and shawls.

About the Author

An acclaimed textile designer, author, artist, and photographer, Alice Starmore is a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis. Starmore has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States. She has written 16 books and countless magazine articles, and her classic Book of Fair Isle Knitting is the work that introduced Americans to the popular traditional technique.

4 Questions with Alice Starmore: An Exclusive Dover Interview

Alice Starmore has a fascinating tale to tell. We spoke to the author of the #1 crafts bestseller Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting about her knitting background, professional start, and more.

Clearly, knitting is a deeply ingrained facet of the culture of Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Did your mother teach you to knit?

My mother taught me to knit when I was very young. She was a dressmaker as well as a knitter and our house was a place of constant creativity. I was also born at a time when most women knitted as a matter of course, and I had three aunts who had been fisher girls in their youth and were experts at making traditional fishermen's gansies.

I understand that your first language is Gaelic — do you still speak it?

Yes I still speak Gaelic. The Isle of Lewis, where I live, is in the Outer Hebrides — the heartland of Gaelic and the only place where you will hear the language in everyday use.

How did you get your start professionally?

I designed a small collection of knitwear in 1975 and successfully sold it in London boutiques. It was featured in a national newspaper and from that small beginning my knitting career evolved in ways that were quite unimaginable to me when I began.

Your books are known and loved around the world, and you've adapted design elements from the textile arts of many countries into your repertoire. Are you still discovering "new" aspects of knitting and fabric arts from other cultures?

I am interested in everything. I find inspiration in all aspects of the world around me. There is enough inspiration in the natural world on my doorstep to last many lifetimes. I am also inspired by art, culture, history, science and music. My own culture features widely in my design work but I have always been interested in other cultures and in other places. My main problem is that I cannot possibly live long enough to produce work from the amount of ideas that come into my head.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486478425
Author:
Starmore, Alice
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Needlework - Knitting
Subject:
Knitting
Subject:
Alice Starmore
Subject:
Knitting books
Subject:
Irish knitting
Subject:
Crafts-Needlework
Edition Description:
New edition, Expanded
Series:
Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10.88 x 8.00 in 1.38 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Knitters everywhere have been rejoicing for the republished and expanded edition of Alice Starmore's classic Aran Knitting. Aran garments have a controversial history that Starmore deftly covers in the first section of the book, recounting how geography, war, social life, and family life on the Aran islands led to Aran knitting. But most knitters, including myself, are after the mind-blowing stitch patterns and jaw-dropping sweaters. Many of the garments have been newly photographed to bring out the vivid details present in Aran knitting, and new patterns have been added as well. The ornate designs can be knit by anyone with enough time and patience, and yield stunning results. Grab a copy of this book while you can, before it goes out of print again!

"Synopsis" by ,
Revised, expanded edition of expert guide encompasses a history of Aran knitting; complete workshop in technique and design; 60 charted patterns for the original 14 designs, many reknit in contemporary yarns; including a new design. Color photographs.
"Synopsis" by ,
Revised, expanded edition of expert guide encompasses a history of Aran knitting; complete workshop in technique and design; 60 charted patterns for the original 14 designs, many reknit in contemporary yarns; including a new design. Color photographs.
"Synopsis" by ,
The definitive guide to the ever-popular Irish Aran sweater, Starmore's highly sought after book returns in a revised and expanded version. It encompasses a history of Aran knitting; a complete workshop in technique, pattern, and design; 60 charted patterns including the original edition's 14 designs, plus a new garment. Color photographs depict finished caps, sweaters, and shawls.
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