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In the Hebrides [Paperback]

Alice Starmore

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Unicorn Books for Craftsmen Inc; 2 ed edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962558648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962558641
  • Product Dimensions: 32.5 x 31 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,134,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An elusive classic April 4 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Hebrides isn't quite the Holy Grail of Starmore books (that honor belongs to the Scottish Collection--don't even *try* to find that one for sale!), but it's very close. The rarity of this title is puzzling, since it's not actually that old: Celtic Collection and Fishermen's Sweaters both predate Hebrides, and those books are still relatively easy to find.
Hebrides is a lovely book, but I don't think it's worth the massively inflated prices it fetches here and on eBay. The collection's strength is the diversity of the patterns within its covers: there are Arans, ganseys, lace scarves and wraps, Fair Isle and intarsia colorwork, rugged outdoor wear, and one very cute hat. Noteworthy designs include the Rona and Roscalie cardigans (Roscalie comes in two different colorways, both attractive), the Sheilavig vest, the Malin aran pullover, and, for kids, the adorable Reef. The one sour note in this medley is the Keava sweater, a Fair Isle design in a screaming chrome yellow; but in a substitute colorway, even this pullover might turn out well. I also don't think the Seaforth gansey is equal to other gansey patterns published by the Starmores; it's nice enough, but nothing really special.
Buy this book if you can find it for a hundred bucks or less, but don't spend your life savings on it.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Dec 4 2004
By booklover - Published on Amazon.com
Contrary to the above review, this is one of my favorites. I have knit most of the designs. The Roscalie vest/cardigan is based on the oldest piece of fairisle knitting, utilizing the available dyes: madder, indigo, goldenrod, natural black and natural white. While Keava is surprising - and I didn't care for it from the photograph - when I saw it made up, immediately bought the wool. I receive many compliments, I think it is because it is so contemporary, but agree it would be wonderful in softer colors. The historical commentary alone is worth obtaining the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Beautiful Knitting Books March 1 2009
By Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
I always oooh and aaah over Alice Starmore's books. They are so luscious. Not only is the layout of this book beautiful, but the patterns are to die for. I wish I had time to knit every pattern in this book.

Most of the patterns are Fair Isles and arans for adults but there are a few patterns for children. I'd recommend the projects in this book for intermediate and experienced knitters. However, a more beginning knitter might want to purchase this book for inspiration or just because of its beauty.

When I buy a knitting book I ask myself three questions:

1) Does the book contain projects that I want to knit?

2) Are the patterns clearly written?

3) Will the book be a good resource?

The answer to all three questions is 'yes'.

This is a book that a knitter will look at over and over again and be wowed every time!

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