The definitive guide to the ever-popular Irish Aran sweater, Starmore’s highly sought after The author of many knitting classics, Alice Starmore is internationally. Description. ARAN KNITTING by Alice Starmore. Paperback X 21cm. New and Expanded Edition, published by Dover Inc (). ISBN – – 0 – . The definitive guide to designing and knitting in the Irish Aran tradition by Alice Starmore. Also included are nine of her original classic Aran Knitting designs.

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I enjoyed reading about the historical background history, mythology and Aran knitting.

Normally, I don’t buy knitting books unless it teaches me a new skill or has enough patterns to make it worth it. Want to Read saving…. She’s a little opinionated at times, and of course touting her own yarn lines, but she’s Alice Starmore, so who’s gonna argue with her?

I think it would make a lovely gift for any knitter, so if you need any ideas for Christmas, this is certainly a book I would recommend! You can’t find this book of excellent Aran patterns and history. Excellent review of how the Aran sweater is believed to have originated.

It provides complete directions and charted patterns for the original edition’s fourteen designs — many of them reknit in contemporary yarns — plus a new design. I love the way the author presented her research and the stories of the islanders were fascinating to me.

It is very high quality in kbitting and lay-out and goes above and beyond being simply a book of patterns. Not only are the patterns beautiful, this knihting a handy little reference book. The Isle of Lewis, where I live, is in the Outer Hebrides — the heartland of Gaelic and the only place where you will hear the language in everyday use. The photos are stunning, so you get a clear picture of what it will look like at the end.


For anyone working with cables. How did you get your start professionally? For those that are ready for the next step, I would recommend this book. New and Expanded Edition.

I am interested in everything. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac. The book is divided into three parts. The pattens allce very tradtional, and therefore timeless.

The only reason I have given the book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I would have liked to see a few more articles xtarmore children and babies featured. Preview — Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore. Can’t wait to get back to it.

Broadly recognized as one of the world’s authorities on Fair Isle and other folk knitting traditions, Starmore founded Windfall Press in An excellent history of Aran knitting along with lots of stitch options, and patterns. The information is very useful, especially when she gets into the stitch guides and outlines of designing and adjusting Aran patterns.

Miniature Crocheting and Knitting for Dollhouses. Brigid, one of the author’s most popular hand-knitted designs, which represents a step forward from Aran knitting into the realm of Celtic design.

To start with, all the patterns are genuinely Irish, both historical Celtic and classical Aran designs. If this book had stopped there and only been a history lesson it would have been wonderful.

We spoke to the author of the 1 crafts bestseller Nkitting Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting about her knitting background, professional start, and more.

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Aran Knitting: New and Expanded Edition by Alice Starmore

My main problem is that I cannot possibly live long enough to produce work from the amount of ideas that come into my head. There is so much to learn about the history of the so-called “ancient” knihting of the Aran “fisherman” sweaters. That is the only thing I starmroe disappointing, but perhaps the patterns can be adapted and sized down for an experienced knitter. I plan on making a bunch of different swatches of her Aran and Celtic designs to make a quilt.

Great patterns, wonderful instructions. She held her first major solo exhibition in on the Isle of Lewis.

Aran Knitting: New and Expanded Edition

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Loved the pulling apart fact from myth – and the look at cultural and economic factors on the process of history and on what “history” we “know”. It starts with explaining charts which is essential with cables and has illustrations when needed to clarify.

Alice Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting: I have the newer reprint of this book and I alicf recommend it to anyone interested in cables knitting.

I was also born at a time when most women knitted as a matter of course, and I had three aunts who had been fisher girls in their youth and were experts at making traditional fishermen’s gansies. Sharon rated it it was amazing May 25,