Charts for Color Knitting (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) Paperback – 1 Dec 2011
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
This book didn't disappoint at all. Pages and pages of clear, helpful charts - some intricate and fussy, some tiny, simple and pleasing - in neat 'page packages' from around the World. There were no patterns as such for garments but some great instructions for designing your own that made me itch to crank up an Excel page and start something - or grab a pencil at the very least! If you're expecting colour wheels and detailed information of what colour goes with what, you won't find it. You're gently pointed in the direction of the sky and hills - Nature is the colour palette here and the Knitter is the artist.
The whole book is filled with encouragement, colour and infectious enthusiasm. Well worth the money and I'm so glad it's part of my library.
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?Read more ›
This book covers a huge variety of two-colour patterns (black & white - which does not stop a designer to add colours!), from borders to individual motifs to large-scale patterns with a real wow-effect. The patterns are presented in three categories: traditional, adapted and 'the continuing story' (lots of nature motifs). Within these categories the motifs are classed by their country of origin, covering Northern Europe, Russia, South America, Greece, The Caucasus, the Middle and the Far East.
This book does not contain a single pattern for a particular project, but it has many useful design instructions how to make your own project using the charts in the book. Throughout the book, however, and at the back there are many photographic examples of how the patterns can be used.
The charts themselves are printed perhaps slightly too small to really work from them. You may want to write them out in larger or make an enlarged photocopy, especially, when working on any of the large-scale all-over patterns. At a pinch you can work straight from the book, but only with a marker on each row.
I have used these patterns already on items of home decoration (like cushion covers) and several jumpers (some with all-over patterns) and they look stunning. These patterns look great if you just use two colours (with good contrast between colours), or wool which changes colour itself right down to fair-isle style colour design. If you like your knitting project to be a little bit more challenging and get a wow-response from others - this is the book for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually bought this book as a crocheter wanting to move on from intermediate to advanced, ie from following patterns to designing my own garments, and this wasn't a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by fix
Great range of charts, clearly laid out. Made designing my own fairisle so much easier.Published 14 months ago by Gilly
Wonderful book. Good either for beginners and more expert knitters. Beautiful patterns to make original cardigans and sweaters.
Clear explanation of the patterns.
Lovely book, full of ideas for fairisle items that you want to make, really good for reference for different patternsPublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by catrin
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