In the Hebrides Paperback – Sep 1995
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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.
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!