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Alice Starmore's definitive explanation of an Irish Aran sweater and its development is surprising and fascinating. Arans are not ancient, and--contrary to popular legend--they were not developed as fishermen's garments. Starmore offers fairly convincing evidence that "true" Aran sweaters were adapted in this century from Scottish fishing ganseys. They are unarguably warm, practical, and beautiful, and here they are gorgeously photographed. Starmore, one of the knitting world's living treasures, includes specific cable patterns, patterns for 14 garments (both Aran and Celtic-style), and a clear, sensible guide to designing original Aran sweaters.
A native of the Hebrides, Starmore is known internationally as a knitwear designer, teacher, and the author of a number of critically acclaimed knitting books. Here she sets off to examine aran knitting, its origins and history, and the techniques used to produce the richly cabled sweaters that are enjoying a renewed popularity among today's knitters. This book can be enjoyed on three levels: as a history of aran knitting, as a complete 14-lesson workshop on knitting aran patterns from charts, or as a collection of Starmore's original sweater, cap, and shawl designs, including full instructions and charted patterns. The garments, photographed on location in the Aran Islands, are inspirational fare for all knitters, while Starmore's designs will be of special interest to the more experienced. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Excellent! Lots of good patterns. This is for an experienced knitter. I have thirty years of experience as a knitter, and one of the patterns is stretching my limits. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2002 by MB Texas
If you have to get one book on aran knitting this is the one. The first time I picked up this book I felt like a complete idiot for all the times I ever bought a pricey knitting... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2001
Includes a library of aran cables with instruction on how to make them as well as patterns that take my breath away. Read morePublished on May 9 2000 by Heather Mayes
Alice Starmore is fantastic. No other knitting author has such beatiful styles and complete and concise instructions. Read morePublished on Dec 31 1999
So far, I've found that I enjoy Starmore's work in general (I also have the Celtic Collection), though I'm only working on my second Starmore project. Read morePublished on April 8 1999
Alice Starmore is truly the most brilliant knitting designer of the century. I've knitted three patterns from this book and they all came out perfectly, thanks to Alice's... Read morePublished on Dec 30 1998
Entire book is well organized. Photos of garments and swatches are beautiful. Samples are easy to decipher. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 1998
I absolutely loved this book. The text was interesting and informative, and the patterns easy to read (thanks to the generous chart sizes). Read morePublished on July 1 1998