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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition, Expanded edition (Sept. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486484637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486484631
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plume on Jan. 30 2012
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Cet ouvrage comporte énormément de modèles à réaliser. Ce qu'il manque, par contre, c'est que le nombre de rangs de hauteur et le nombre de maille de largeur ne sont pas indiqués pour chaque motif, alors il faut compter soi-même chaque petit point... Mais le choix de motifs est très varié et très amusant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Boissinot on Dec 7 2011
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I hesitated to buy the book since I have the original Fair Isle Knitting but I found lots of new patterns. I also like the organization by country. The book is in black and white which I love. I find colours in chart to distracting from the motif. In black and white, I can imagine the motif in lots of different colours more easily.
I really good addition to personal library.
I woud have like it if the book had been spiral bound to keep pages open more easily
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura on Nov. 5 2011
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As a knitter who loves doing fair isle and multi-coloured knitting, Alice Starmore's Charts for Color Knitting was a wonderful addition to my knitting books. I have the reprint of Alice's last Fair Isle book and this one has many different patterns from around the world that are not included in her previous text. Alice's books are a must if you like coloured strand work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Anderson on Nov. 25 2011
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Being new to Fair Isle I expected the 'color' to be on the charts, but that's not the case. Alice Starmore wants us to design from our own passion but when I see her available designs, I'm completely at a loss to imagine designing such intricate use of color and pattern. I'm sure there are many creative people out there better able to use these black and white charts than I as a newcomer. I'll keep it on the shelf and perhaps with experience I'll develop the skill.
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