Aran Knitting Hardcover – May 28 1997
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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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The beginning of the book is devoted to making a compelling argument for a cataclysmic knitting event which shaped this style of work. Based on her historical research she argues that Aran knitting was the result of a single, extra- ordinarilly talented, knitter, probably from Scotland or strongly influenced by Scottish knitting. Given the level of communication available at the time, the fact that this unnamed knitter didn't achieve notice outside of her local area is not too surprising. Also, considering the inspiration many of us have felt from Elizabeth Zimmerman and Kaffe Fasset (to name only two), the idea that a single creative person's influence could be so powerful is not surprising. She lacked only today's publishing and technology to become a household name.
In the middle section Starmore takes us through a series of lessons on the construction of cables, their variety and myriad possibilities. Experienced and/or adventerous knitters can then embark on a project completely assured of success. Every tool you might need is there in one place.
For those who prefer, in the final section of the book, there are a number of simply exquisite complete patterns for items ranging from hats, pullovers (jumpers) for women, men and children, to shawls.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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