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Traditional Aran Knitting,
This review is from: Traditional Aran Knitting (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
Traditional Aran Kniting begins with an explanation of the development of Aran Knitting with the meanings behind the different stitches being explored. There follows details of the necessary equipment, working methods and abrbreviations; and explains the designing of an Aran sweater.
There is a library of the patterns used in Aran sweaters with photographs and the instructions for these. The patterns includes cables; diamonds; braids,plaits and rope; wave,zigzags and chevron patterns, honeycomb and lattice patterns; the tree of life; wheatsheaf and leaves, moss stitch and rib patterns; and multiple cable patterns.
The full patterns are for traditional fishing shirts (long sweaters); round neck, V-neck and polo neck family sweaters a V-necked raglan cardigan cabled waistcats, an easy knit jacket with a shawl neck and tied belt (as featured on the front of the book); a man's zipped jacket; a child's coat, hat and mitts, a lady's below the knee coat;a lady's hat mitts and scarf set; and square, oblong and bolster-shaped cushion covers.
The patterns for these garments and cushions are divided into panels which gives the knitter the opportunity to practice each panel before trying to combine them. It also helps when combining the patterns as each panel instruction is followed in order. Extra photographs of pattern details are included. With one exception all were knitted in the traditional natural colour yarn so the black and white photographs bring out the texture of the patterns.
This book combines the beauty of the traditional Aran stitches with traditional and modern patterns and provides encouragement for the more proficient knitter to design their own garments.There is something in this book for most knitters