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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New & expanded ed edition (26 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486478424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486478425
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An acclaimed textile designer, author, artist, and photographer, Alice Starmore is a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis. Starmore has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States. She has written 16 books and countless magazine articles, and her classic Book of Fair Isle Knitting is the work that introduced Americans to the popular traditional technique. 4 Questions with Alice Starmore: An Exclusive Dover Interview Alice Starmore has a fascinating tale to tell. We spoke to the author of the #1 crafts bestseller Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting about her knitting background, professional start, and more. Clearly, knitting is a deeply ingrained facet of the culture of Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Did your mother teach you to knit? My mother taught me to knit when I was very young. She was a dressmaker as well as a knitter and our house was a place of constant creativity. 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. I understand that your first language is Gaelic — do you still speak it? Yes I still speak Gaelic. 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. How did you get your start professionally? I designed a small collection of knitwear in 1975 and successfully sold it in London boutiques. It was featured in a national newspaper and from that small beginning my knitting career evolved in ways that were quite unimaginable to me when I began. Your books are known and loved around the world, and you've adapted design elements from the textile arts of many countries into your repertoire. Are you still discovering "new" aspects of knitting and fabric arts from other cultures? I am interested in everything. I find inspiration in all aspects of the world around me. There is enough inspiration in the natural world on my doorstep to last many lifetimes. I am also inspired by art, culture, history, science and music. My own culture features widely in my design work but I have always been interested in other cultures and in other places. My main problem is that I cannot possibly live long enough to produce work from the amount of ideas that come into my head.

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Freespirit TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2010
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I purcahsed this book because I liked the picture on the front cover. I am an expert knitter and having read many books, mainly from the USA, which provide a lot of incorrect information relating to Aran patterns and the history of Aran, I was expecting yet another USA author going over the same old INCORRECT information. What I actually found a a true gem of a book. The author, who is Scottish gives a very accurate history on the development of Aran knitting. Aran knitting is not as 'ancient technique' as some of the American authors of Aran knitting would have you believe dating back to the Celts, but is firmly grounded in the late 19th/20th century (Amazing, isn't it?). The author then goes onto describe various techniques and I am pleased to say, dispels some of the myth and 'legend' which has grown around this beautiful knitting style. Moving on from the history of Aran knitting, the author then sets out in a straightforward manner, how to knit Aran. Her claim that Aran is easy to knit is absolutely spot on! Any knitter, even a beginner who can knit 1, purl 1 can knit Aran. A dialogue is accompanied by clear step by step pictures so literally anyone can follow the technique.
Although the author details much of her patterns in chart form, once you get used to reading them, they are easy to follow. The thing about this book which really does blow you away are the designs. These have been designed by the author herself and go beyond the 'bog standard' patterns you can find on the web or in shops. These patterns are breathtaking and would certainly become 'heirloom' pieces. There are patterns given for various weights of wool i.e Standard tradition Aran, double knitting and 4ply (equivalent to shetland wool brokers 2ply- Jamieson and Smith. You will not fail to be inspired by what you find in this book and I am sure that you will end up knitting every pattern eventually.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By oboechristine on 26 Feb. 2011
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There are some beautiful patterns in this book. The photographs are attractive, the charts easy to follow if you keep your wits about you! I have been keen to try aran for a while now but always thought it would be too difficult. But if i can manage you can too! I checked out the author's recommended website for wool, thought it was a bit pricy and was looking for alternatives, but I felt it would do the pattern justice to go for the original. How glad I am! I am doing St Brigid in Pebble Beach and the texture and colours are amazing!The wool arrived within a few days, beautifully packed and in hanks so you need to wind them first, but excellent quality.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Gadd on 24 April 2011
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For anyone who loves ARAN knitting this is a must have. The most beautiful designs made it quite difficult making a choice of which to make. The presentation is excellent and the illustrations exquisite, as you can see I'm more than pleased! I first knitted an Aran minidress when I was sixteen (five decades ago) and my daughter still wears it as a sweater. Fantastic book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Max1968 on 21 May 2011
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Bought this book as a gift for my mum and I am wearing one its designs right now. So I can definitely recommend this product. My mother is not an expert knitter as such and could follow the patterns without any problems. Plenty of pictures to go with every pattern. Was spoilt for choice as to which item to do first! Product is highly recommended. Fast prompt service from Seller can highly recommend. A++++++++++
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MJ on 15 May 2013
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I have folders containing many aran knitting patterns. All now destined for the local Hospice shop. This book simply means I dont need any of the ones in my folder any longer. The instructions are easy to follow even for a beginner such as myself. I have completed the pattern on the front of the book in about a fortnight, and it wasnt difficult whatsoever. About to order yarn online for another pattern in it this week. I have found regular DK yarn (knitted a swatch to make sure) in pure Scottish wool was a perfect replacement for the strange yarn suggested in the book. All the patterns in this book are do die for, and all use charts - my preferred choice as it happens. The patterns have a modern twist to them, even my teenager daughters (17 and 19) have earmarked a pattern for me to complete before Christmas this year - Praise indeed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on 7 Oct. 2011
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I bought this book after seeing it on the high street. I just had to buy it! The photography is lovely, the patterns are just fabulous and the instructions and charts brilliant. I particularly love the shawls and am just about to start one. This book is very inspiring for both new knitters and experienced alike. I will be buying more books from this author as I wish to make seriously nice items!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Zeb on 27 Nov. 2010
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If you're already keen on Aran knitting or want to have a go, this is an excellent book. Lots of detail,diagrams and some lovely patterns.
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There are some really beautiful patterns in this book, some of which are extremely complex - Some are knitted in fine yarn weights, so are far removed from the slightly bulky traditional patterns normally available. The patterns are chart based and there is a section on adapting your favourite cable and knot designs into creating your own unique garment. A beautiful book with some wonderful and original designs.
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