The definitive guide to the ever-popular Irish Aran sweater, Starmore’s highly sought after The author of many knitting classics, Alice Starmore is internationally. Description. ARAN KNITTING by Alice Starmore. Paperback X 21cm. New and Expanded Edition, published by Dover Inc (). ISBN – – 0 – . The definitive guide to designing and knitting in the Irish Aran tradition by Alice Starmore. Also included are nine of her original classic Aran Knitting designs.

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She opens with a dissertation of sorts on the Aran, debunking some myths as she goes. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. If you just want to know how it might have come about and aren’t married to any particular theory, you’ll likely love this book.

THE book on Aran knitting. Yes I still speak Gaelic. Sep 29, Karen Gordy-panhorst marked it as to-read. She’s a little opinionated at times, and of course touting her own yarn lines, but she’s Alice Starmore, so who’s gonna argue with her? I’m going to buy this for my collection since I’ve renewed it from the library so many times!

Lists with This Book. The book is divided into three parts.

I haven’t read it all yet, but I spent an enjoyable hour looking through it and checking out the gorgeous patterns. Want to make them all! I was one of the lucky ones who received this book as a Goodreads First Read Giveaway. Found the historical intro very interesting and informative. Broadly recognized as one of the world’s authorities on Fair Isle and other folk knitting traditions, Starmore founded Windfall Press in Normally, I don’t buy knitting books unless it teaches me a new skill or has enough patterns to make it worth it.


I was impressed with how well researched it was.

Thus it is a wonderful and fascinating blend of a history book and a knitting book, rolled into one. It not only has patterns kniyting info on how you can customize your sweater, but also a history of Aran knitting. Adding in the beautiful patterns, the clear instructions, the gorgeous photography and the assurance that all you need to know to be successful with this book is knit and purl – well really, what’s not to love?

Aug 07, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: I received this book as aan of a First Reads and I couldn’t be more pleased.

The cables can run from beginner friendly my first aran sweater was Na Craga to alive complex I will knit St.

Oct 02, Barb rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love the way the author presented her research and the stories of the islanders were fascinating to me.

Ravelry: Aran Knitting, New & Expanded Edition – patterns

This is the best resource on Aran knitting that I have come across. Mar 12, Kathy rated it liked it. First Book of Modern Lace Knitting. Patterns include the St. The final section has many nice patterns for sweaters and accessories. The first is a history which would appeal to anyone interested in knitting, Celtic history or Celtic arts. The copy I read had a different cover, but I believe it to be the same book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Sep 29, Diana rated it it was amazing Shelves: My library wants it back, so I haven’t had time to read it all in detail, but it definitely goes on my list of knitting books to check out again and probably buy someday. To ask other readers questions about Aran Knittingplease sign up. jnitting

Aran Knitting: New and Expanded Edition

In this guide, she presents a fascinating history of Aran knitting and an analysis of the traditional style, in addition to a starmorr workshop in technique, pattern, and design. To start with, all the patterns are genuinely Irish, both historical Celtic and classical Aran designs. For those that are ready for the next step, I would recommend this book. There is enough inspiration in the natural world on my doorstep to last many lifetimes. The instructions are VERY clear, line by line, and I think even a beginner would be able to follow them.

I received this book as a Good Reads Giveaway.