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Book Title: Fishermen's Sweaters: Twenty Exclusive Knitwear Designs for All Generations|
The author of the book: Alice Starmore
ISBN 13: 9781570760297
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Edition: Trafalgar Square Books
Date of issue: August 1st 1995
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BOTTOM LINE: Absolutely superb book from a Master of her craft. Wonderful designs, nicely arranged. A book to keep in any serious knitter's home library.
While this is an almost perfect book of its kind, filled with the sorts of things that only someone as innovative and talented as Alice Starmore can imagine, there are two caveats that must be kept in mind. Firstly, all, yes, ALL the stitch patterns are charted; none of them are explained in the text. Admittedly, the charts are fairly simple given such complex patternings on some of the designs and thus easy to understand given time and patience, but for me they make this lovely book completely unusable - I simply cannot grasp the use of charting knitting stitches.
The second difficulty I had was that ALL the patterns are worked in the round, with circular needles, Ms Starmore's preferred style. While this results in a lovely finished fabric, I simply don't like using circular needles and suspect there are other knitters "out there" who feel the same. Unfortunately, all the books of hers I've seen so far (at least a half-dozen or so) have the same two drawbacks, although one or two of the earlier books did have stitch instructions inside the patterns for a couple of designs in each book.
These pet peeves of mine should not detract from *your* probably enjoying and using this book IF you can read/use knitting charts and don't mind or even enjoy/prefer using circular needles. Should that be the case, then this is a superb pattern book, worthy of a knitter's closest attention and likely to bring great enjoyment.
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Read information about the authorAlice Starmore (née Matheson) was raised in a traditional, Gaelic-speaking Scottish fishing village. She began knitting as a child, studying the folk knitting traditions of her native Scotland. Starmore later expanded her textile studies, traveling in Scandinavia in the late 1970s on a Winston Churchill Fellowship.
Broadly recognized as one of the world's authorities on Fair Isle and other folk knitting traditions, Starmore founded Windfall Press in 1991. Windfall produces knitting patterns and instructional manuals as well as a large number of Scottish Gaelic titles.
Starmore expanded her career beyond knitting in the 1990s, focusing on fine art and photography. She held her first major solo exhibition in 2008 on the Isle of Lewis.