Fisherman's Sweaters: Twenty Exclusive Knitwear Designs for All Generations Paperback – Aug 1 1995
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3. Ireland (including the Aran Isles)
4. Points North, South and East (including Breton, Norway and the Baltic lands and the Faroes)
5. The New World (hey, that's US!! Nova Scotia, Cape Cod, and more.)
The sweaters range from the thickly cabled true Aran style (the gorgeous Innishmore is incredibly deep and intricate) to colorwork such as a combination of textures and pattern characteristic of Estonian knitting. There is also an adorable child's sweater modeled after a Breton sailor's striped jersey.
This is one of Starmore's most useful books. The sweaters could be worn by men, children, fashionable women, hikers, you name it. If you love TEXTURE, you will adore this, but there is also color. In addition to the designs I just mentioned, I love the charming "Nova Scotia" featuring scallop shells in a knit-purl design.
This is one of my favorite Starmore books.
Starmore's marvelous book focuses on single-color, richly textured sweaters (though there are also two very striking Scandinavian-style pullovers which would serve as an excellent introduction to multicolor knitting.) There are complex Aran-style cabled sweaters as well as knit-and-purl brocades which involve little or no cabling. These brocade patterns (Lochinver, Filey, Norfolk, and Cape Cod, to name my own favorites) are some of the loveliest and most elegant sweaters ever to emerge from Starmore's workshop--and best of all, they are much simpler to knit than they appear!
Traditional construction is the hallmark of this collection. It is Starmore's ode to the Scottish fisher gansey, the art form of her homeland. Therefore, most of the designs call for DK, sport, or 5-ply gansey yarn, and fairly small needles. Finishing one of these fine-gauge sweaters will require a little extra patience and stamina, but the end result will be a hard-wearing, versatile, impeccably crafted garment.
It's a toss-up as to which is Starmore's best work: this book or the magnificent "Aran Knitting". This book has more original designs, however, and much greater variety among them.
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I love Alice Starmore's books. She gives you knowledge as well as unique patterns to knit up. JUST what I was looking for. Thank you for your detail Alice.Published on April 16 2013 by Aileen
I like the patterns, seems to be well explained. I won't make anything from it before at least a month though. Will know more at that time.Published on Dec 2 2011 by Mireille
This is a book that just makes you itch to knit. I had not knit a sweater in the round until I started working with this book, and I unerstand now why traditional knitters would... Read morePublished on July 27 2001 by Martha E. Nelson