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5.0 out of 5 stars serious beginner designing, 18 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Charts for Color Knitting (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
Charts for Color Knitting (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)

The book is actually called 'Alice Starmore's Charts for color knitting - New and Expanded Edition' - where 'Dover knitting, crochet, tatting Lace' comes from is anyone's guess.

Alice Starmore was born in The Outer Hebredes and is a professional designer and knitter. And - the samples of finished items shown in colour photographs in the book show off her own brand of 2 and 3 ply strands of wool. BUT DO NOT LET THIS PUT YOU OFF!

The book is a lifetimes shared knowledge and wisdom to us at home or in business. The book contains the methodology of how to design your own pattern, using single motif patterns to allover pattern sweater to horizontal border to vertical panel sweaters. Patterns as she says can been gleaned from any other objects as well as the traditional ones in the knitting world. i.e. carpets, textiles, ceramics. Colour is suggested that the knitter takes from Mother Nature (and of course there is plenty of suggestions on the internet). As she says it is best to explore themes.

When I say 'design' the author starts off with your tension swatch (ie exampled by her own) using intarsia method or knitting the entire background and then using swiss darning on top or how about using the combination of both methods? The measurements of a sweater you wish to achieve are demonstrated and actually shows you how to get the number of stitches to start your project, and then suggests the consideration of how to then apply your own unique design or a pattern repeat from the book on to it, in a sensible way so that shoulders or sleeves when they meet look like a continuation or naturally meet - the tricky bit (where to change the pattern to suit your design). So she demonstrates by a drawn measurement plan and how to calculate the knitting instructions. It also means you can use your own wool 2 or 3 ply wool and not necessarilary her own branded wool.

As she says quote 'my aim is to provide you with a clear guide to the process involved..... I invite you to 'look over my shoulder' as I design a small collection of sweaters which will serve as a guide for applying patterns to your designs'. The author uses a simple drop shoulder pullover shape that becomes the basis for understanding more complex shapes.

Also included in the book are traditional patterns from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and South America. Its disappointing that she has not included traditional fair Isle patterns from the UK. Do they exist? 'Adapted Patterns' are taken from traditional objects i.e. Celtic 'key' patterns from ancient manuscripts and stonework; Japanese sashiko stitching and carpet patterns. The patterns exampled are Celtic, Greek, the Caucasus, Middle East and Far East, the traditional patterns you would expect to see on or in buildings, tile patterns, archeology etc on holiday.

Another chapter gives you sample patterns on themes ie birds and flowers; sea and shoreline; the inner landscape as single motifs or all over patterns.

Over all this is a great reference revision book for us knitters at all expereince levels even if you feel you are an inexpereinced knitter this explains the patterns that you buy! Afterall knowledge is the power to understand and enrich our lives.....

Happy designing... mine stays as part of my reference library!
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2012 10:53:21 BDT
Dover is the publisher; Knitting, crochet and tatting is the series the book is published in
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