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Knitting from the British Islands: 30 Original Designs from Traditional Patterns [Paperback]

Alice Starmore , Anne Matheson


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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (December 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312458576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312458577
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,640,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book by Starmore, Alice, Matheson, Anne

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I got my first Alice Starmore book for £1! May 31 2001
By Nancy Jobling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
It's hard to believe now when I see the triple-digit figures secondhand Alice Starmore books sell for, but I got this one for ... in a used book shop in a lovely tiny village in north Norfolk, England, when on holiday a couple of years ago.
I'd never heard of Alice before, but I was extremely impressed by what was clearly a different and refreshing attitude toward traditional knitting, especially as the book was published in the early 1980s when popular clothing was completely mad, especially in Britain. These designs are classic, but some inject interesting thoughts on colour combinations, obviously with an 80s slant. This book doesn't have the fabulous production values of some of the later AS books (such as Fishermen's Sweaters, which is breathtakingly beautiful whether or not you're interested in knitting), but I'd definitely recommend it, especially to the Alice Starmore purists, who will find this early work vital to complete the picture of the body of work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional, yet easy to update July 27 2013
By FiddleLizzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sure, as noted by others, this is Alice Starmore's earliest effort into knitting books, but the techniques are easy to follow, clearly written and are traditional designs. Each and every pattern can be easily updated to more modern tastes, and adjustments for size are also pretty simple. Substituting yarns, where necessary, is also a simple task with these patterns. Some of the projects are a tad dated for modern taste, yet every knitting book contains a few designs that aren't suitable to every taste. Still, even those patterns have something to offer the knitter embarking on designing from scratch, or can be adjusted. Also, almost all yarns used are either still on the market, or easily substituted with something else, unlike collections where yarn information is sparse and finding a substitute for a yarn no longer made is impossible. Ms. Starmore always uses yarns that are traditional in weight, yardage, and colour, with results being absolutely stunning as a result.

The best designs are the Fair Isle and Arans. The Ganseys are made with gansey yarn, and these are designs most closely related to the area where these wonderful jumpers and pullovers originated. Most designs in the book are truly timeless. Where patterns appear dated, a simple jigger here and there will make everything fit to modern standards, with just a bit of extra yarn here and there added in. Leftover yarn will, as always, be lovely in a hat or pair of gloves, complete with flowers, stars and peerie patterns thrown in as needed. I'll be knitting the colour work patterns in the round, using multiple colours for the ribbing, and avail myself of steeks where possible to make the projects easier. In all, this is a fabulous book, and with incorporation of the many lessons of Ms. Starmore's later works, will yield garments that will be passed down to future generations, as were my own Aunt Edna's. I dearly miss my own knitting relatives, but have the knowledge she gave me as a young girl. The more I know, the better are my knitted projects and these sorts of books are a goldmine of information. Of course, all with the aid of patterns and insight from others, knitters can create truly wonderful garments for their own loved ones. Knitters would be well advised to purchase this book.
18 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated patterns, wouldn't knit anything from this book... May 24 2006
By Marlene Donahue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a huge Starmore fan. I have spend a small fortune buying many of her books. I checked out this book at the library to look at it before buying it. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY unless you like to collect antiques. The patterns in this book completely outdated. I wouldn't knit any of them. This was Alice's first book, and unlike most of her other books, this one is not worth to buy, except for having the luxury of saying you have her first book, but that's it.

I am glad I had the chance to see this book before buying it. Another book I don't recomend unless you love designing color stranding sweaters is Charts for colour Knitting. I bought it, saw it, and sold it right away... There are no patterns or anyting like the beautiful designs and pictures that characterize her other books. That one is just charts, boring black and white charts... So, anyways, all that just to say there are three books not to buy and this one is one of them. The third one is Children's Knitting from Many Lands or something like that. Also obsolete and out of date.

The rest are almost all guaranteed to make you the HAPPIEST KNITTER IN THE WORLD... but not these ones.

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