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on 9 October 2008
Sheila McGregor's book is an ideal starting point for experienced knitters who want a library of traditional Fair Isle patterns so they can design their own garments. The history of Fair Isle knitting is an absorbing read and explanations of the techniques are good, although for an inexperienced knitter they may be quite daunting.

It's mainly illustrated with black and white photographs (the pattern charts are b&w grids - like graph paper with dots for the stitches) so if you are used to the beautiful colour photography of books from Rowan etc this book will seem, at first, rather ancient. But give it a go - it's still very inspiring.
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This is a useful book all about fairisle patterns and knitting. The downside is that it is mostly black and white so you do not get the inspiration from 'colour' of some other fairisle books. However, the instructions are straightforward and fairly easy to understand as are the pattern charts. Although aimed at the experienced knitter, I do not feel that this is beyond the scope of some who just wants to give fairisle a go for the first time. The main thing about fairisle knitting is patience, concentration and lots of it! A jumper can take up to 100hrs to complete - not for the fainthearted but if you like a challenge go for it. Keep the art alive!!
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on 7 July 2009
This is a lovely book for anyone interested in traditional or Fair Isle knitting. I believe that a facsimile paperback copy is available, but the original hardback is probably nicer.

There are wonderful charts in the back section of the book grouped in stitch number widths. This would be very useful when designing a sweater from scratch.

The history and photos are also fascinating.
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on 15 November 2012
This is another must have book for anyone interested in Fairisle knitting, design, colour and construction and is a dream to own, you won't be disappointed, well worth the money. Far better than I expected!
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on 21 May 2013
I already have this book,i got it from a freind,one of my other freinds was looking at it and asked me to get her one,because there's so many patterns in it.highly recommended by both of us.
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on 25 January 2016
This is a super pattern reference book and complements another wonderful book I have - Alice Starmore's Charts for Colour Knitting. It isn't a book for a novice knitter. It is aimed at those who wish to design their own garments. It is methodically laid out with charts by no of stitches in the repeat and number of rows. I came across it as a reference from another book by Kate Davies about Yokes. If you like a modern twist on traditional patterns the other two books I have referenced here are well worth a buy too.
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on 6 April 2016
The book mainly shows pattern charts in black and white, so here are charts enough to last a lifetime.
What irritated me is that the charts are not numbered, so you have to do the count yourself.
There are only a few pages with the design shown in color, and the colors are not exiting.
Knitting patterns are few and not well explained.
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on 26 February 2017
Great book describing the principles of Fair Isle knitting, and lots of patterns that can be adapted and copied into your own pieces.
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on 23 December 2015
Good clear instructions, now going to a friend!
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on 27 May 2016
Great. Lots of pics
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