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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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