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Pacific Coast Highway [Paperback]

Alice Starmore , Jade Starmore , Patrick McHugh


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Unicorn Books and Crafts (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962558672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962558672
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 21.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,086,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Starmore Art Piece Dec 30 2007
By Sara Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
I am a complete Starmore junkie, but I am appalled at the cost her OOP books are going for. I am writing this review to aid those out there to decide whether they want to ante up their rent money to buy these books or not.

I have this book and I am currently working on the Grant Avenue vest. I have the original Scottish Campion yarn, bought years ago before it became worth more than its weight in gold. A couple of notes--I bought the proper yarn amounts in Campion as stated in the instructions--enough to knit the largest size listed. Owing to having the loosest gauge in the world, I am knitting the SMALLEST size so it won't be a circus tent (remember to KNIT YOUR GAUGE SWATCH!!!) So, in theory, I did all the necessary prep and am knitting to gauge. Despite this, I ran out of one color of yarn (Brass). This distresses me because if I had been knitting a larger size, I could have been totally sunk. I was lucky in that Shetland Spindrift color Old Gold is a dead ringer for a substitute.

In searching for substitute yarns, I came upon several online charts. About 3/4 of the Campion colors have Spindrift equivalents, but some do not. A specific example is Delph, heavily used in this vest. The suggested color is Cobalt, but since cobalt is also used, in this case, the substitute won't work. Another way to make up colors is to watch for them on eBay, which can also cost big bucks. In this specific case, AS has actually posted a kit with pattern for the Grant Avenue vest at [...], so if I didn't already have the materials, I would have bought the kit.

Lastly, This book is patterns only--NO TECHNICAL INFORMATION. So you need to know how to work with steeks, do fairisle stranding and cable work already, have references you can use or an experienced knitting buddy to guide you through.

So, I can say I am glad I have this book. I love it. I will use it and knit from it. If I was starting from scratch--well, I MIGHT buy it. More likely I would use the money at virtualyarns to buy a kit with a pattern. That would be a lot easier that trying to make these designs up with substitute yarns or bankrupting myself trying to find the original yarns. As much as I love this book, there are so many great projects out there from cheaper books. So, if you are a Starmore junkie, go for it. If you are just curious, find something cheaper.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My most beloved knitting book. June 6 2007
By Quickbeam - Published on Amazon.com
I acquired the Starmore books in real time, not knowing they'd sell for hundreds on EBay. Pacific Coast Highway is by far my favorite. I've made 3 sweaters from it but I've also taken design ideas and applied them to other projects. The photography is stunning.

I see the disappearance of a lot of great Starmore books as a cautionary tale...get it while it's in print for you may have to pay a fortune later. I've seen Pacific Coast Highway sell for 600 dollars US.

If you can see a copy, you'll find lovely, timeless designs, gorgeous detail and fit with a winning color palette. It is definitely worth learning to substitute yarns.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no instructions, just gorgeous and timeless color work Feb. 1 2010
By Eclectico - Published on Amazon.com
Another glorious Alice Starmore book. What makes this one special is not only the amazing photography, with large pictures that show the finished product from multiple angles, but also intricate charts and helpful hints on finishing. The patterns in other knitting books look dated. You can pick up a book and recognize a 1980's sweater immediately. Starmore's sweaters look timeless. They could have been made at the turn of the century, or the turn of the next century.
She also has an excellent color sense. Many other books have good patterns, but the examples are made with the ugliest color yarns imaginable ("Latvian Mittens", "Ethnic Socks and Stockings", Zilbourg mitten and sock books, etc). Starmore chooses colors that really do lend themselves to the sweater pattern. These definitely are heirloom sweaters.

My only regret is that Amazon does not show the pictures of finished products (especially to spend that kind of money for a pattern book sight unseen). If you are lucky, it will show the table of contents, which does you no good on this kind of book. If we could insert images into this review box for others to see scanned snippets, that might be helpful in a pinch.

If you have an account, you would be wise to look at the finished products of these sweaters on the Ravelry website (where you can find errata as well). Then you can decide if you wish to take a 2nd mortgage out for this book.

ps. If you love these sweaters, check out the Camper sweater series as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Starmore's best, but still a pleasant mix of original knitting patterns July 23 2011
By Poison Wood - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a huge Starmore fan, so I was delighted when my copy of Pacific Coast Highway FINALLY arrived at the top of the library hold list.

The book includes 16 knitting designs, eight of which are textured patterns, and eight of which are colorwork. The designs are all photographed against scenery from California's Highway 1, and they are named accordingly, such as "Golden Gate" and "Bodega Bay." Three of the patterns are for children, and one design is a blanket.

Given my sky-high expectations for any Starmore book and the current price tag of 85 dollars, I'll review this fairly critically. I thought 8 of the designs were nice or OK, but not special enough to knit - such as the somewhat unoriginal texture-work of Golden Gate and the impracticality of the Grant Avenue vest. The book had 4 patterns that I would love to knit, including a children's sweater, a truly striking women's colorwork cardigan, a gorgeous blanket, and the textured unisex sweater "Irish Beach." 4 of the patterns were not really appealing at all.

Some of the designs fit the models rather poorly, and thus the knitwear wasn't really showcased as well as it could have been. In addition, some of the sweaters were knit very long which was rather unattractive (in my opinion) and could be much improved simply by making them shorter. However, in general there were lots of photos so you could really tell what the finished pieces look like.

The book contains Starmore's usual (in my opinion) easy to follow instruction and the very readable charts of her recent publications. The charts are large enough that I don't think enlarging them is necessary.

Overall, this isn't Starmore's best work, but if you can afford it, it's certainly a nice addition to your knitting library.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Beautiful Knitting Book from Alice Starmore March 1 2009
By Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
Every book I have by Alice Starmore is more beautiful than the next. The photographs are luscious, the projects to die for, and the books all inspire me to knit more. This book is no exception.

The patterns are all Aran and Fair Isle sweaters for adults and children except for the Point Reyes Baby Blanket. This baby blanket is adorable. It's a shame that Alice Starmore yarn is no longer made but Jamieson, Rowan or Simply Shetland are good substitutions.

I wish there were more hours in the day so that I could knit every project in this book. The patterns are very clear and the book is a great resource.

I highly recommend this book for intermediate and experienced knitters. However, if you are a beginning knitter and want inspiration and beautiful eye candy, this book is for you, too.

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