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Aran Knitting [Hardcover]

Alice Starmore
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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May 28 1997
Packed with color and design, this significant book presents a complete Alice Starmore workshop in Aran Knitting.Step-by-step instructions, photos and drawings lead readers through 60 charted patterns that progress from the basic concepts of using a cable needle to the myriad variations of Aran technique.It includes 14 original Alice Starmore designs, and celtic knotwork.

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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.

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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.

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By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Alice Sizemore does a very nice job explaining the history of Aran knitting. She also gives good examples of what different patterns should look like. The sweater patterns presented in the book totally ignore the average knitter who needs more guidance and better explained directions. Overall, I found the book to be rather disappointing. I love knitting Aran pattern sweaters, but I still need thorough well explained directions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Oct. 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
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.
Lots of good photos and diagrams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece. Jan. 7 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A beautiful and comprehensive guide to Aran knitting, distinctly scholarly in tone. There aren't as many original Starmore designs in this book as I would have liked to see, but the ones she's included are truly stunning--"St. Brigid" in particular is a tour de force of Celtic knotwork, certain to captivate any knitter in search of a genuine challenge.
The massive stitch library (which makes up the bulk of the text) is a powerful tool to help ambitious knitters learn to design original Arans themselves. It's an invaluable reference! Read it front to back, then back to front; practice the techniques Starmore provides; and you will never again lack inspiration for a project--it will be at your fingertips always.
You will find history, philosophy, and a great deal of art between the covers of this book. It's a truly magnificent work which belongs on every serious knitter's shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a class by itself June 29 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've been knitting since I was 8 years old and I've never seen anything like this. It's almost 3 books in one - an overview of the mythology and reality of Aran knitwear, plus a detailed description of Aran sweaters in the National Museum in Ireland; a gallery of stitch patterns with instructions; and a collection of Starmore's own designs, also with instructions. Her designs are beautiful - her starting point was when she recognized that traditional Aran knits use braids and twists but ancient Celtic art uses continuous lines - so she made up knitting designs using the continuous lines of Celtic knotwork. Her charting method is wonderfully easy to read. I love this and I want to make everything in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - SO MANY GREAT SWEATERS Feb. 5 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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 magazine just to get the cool aran pattern inside; this book has them all beat. There are great designs for women, men and children. The instructions are great, the photographs are beautiful. Alice Starmore rules!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The essential Aran knitting book May 9 2000
Format:Hardcover
Includes a library of aran cables with instruction on how to make them as well as patterns that take my breath away. I found her instructions easy to follow and the pictures inspirational. A look through it sends me straigt to the yarn store, excited to start one of her masterpieces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starmore strikes again Dec 31 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Alice Starmore is fantastic. No other knitting author has such beatiful styles and complete and concise instructions. As an intermediate knitter I find her instructions to be confidence inspiring. I love Aran styles and have read many books on Aran knitting and find them to be either confusing or incomplete. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn Aran knitting, as once you knit a Starmore sweater, you will develop much more confidence in your knitting abilities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good patterns, good ideas April 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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. The pictures are great (of course, the color doesn't match perfectly, but that's to be expected), and the section on basic Aran stiches is wonderful. I'm looking forward to trying to design a sweater myself with some of those stiches, once I feel comfortable enough to buy that much yarn for such an iffy project. *grin* One warning--I've found Starmore's gauging to be a little odd. I think she pulls her yarn just a *little* tighter than most knitters.
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