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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Big Sky Knitting Designs (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976802503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976802501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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From the time I saw my first Aran design (which happened to be an afghan), I knew that I had found my home in the crocheting and knitting community. I am one of the growing number of men who greatly enjoys both knitting and crocheting, though developing skills in knitted Aran work is something relatively new to me. Janet's book on Cables and this one are two of the finest I have ever seen when it comes to detailed instruction. I am very pleased to have purchased both books, and even more pleased to know that their content is going to teach me pretty much everything I want to know when it comes to this style of knitting. --Amazon.com

About the Author

Janet Szabo is a nationally-known knitting designer, author, and teacher. Her designs have appeared in Knitter's Magazine, Cast On, KnittingNow, The Complete Knitting Collection, and currently in Twists and Turns, the Newsletter for Lovers of Cable Knitting, a 20-page quarterly newsletter which she edits and publishes. Janet is also the author of "The 'I Hate to Finish Sweaters' Guide to Finishing Sweaters." "Aran Sweater Design" is a completely new edition of her book "Handbook of Aran Sweater Design."

More About the Author

Janet was on her way to medical school when she changed her mind and took a bit of a detour to the wilds of Montana. Out of necessity, she had to invent a way to make money, and it came in the form of knitting. Sixteen years, over one hundred designs, a quarterly newsletter, a DVD, and three knitting books later, she has established herself as an expert on cable knitting and design.

Janet loves to share the joy of cables with knitters all over the world. She has taught for many fiber guilds, yarn stores, and knitting conferences. She writes about cables in a friendly, accessible way--it's almost as though Janet is sitting right there on the couch, knitting companionably with you.

Join Janet for an exciting journey through the world of cable knitting and Aran sweater design.

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This book is great for designing your own Aran sweater.
Scottish Gypsy
I've been knitting for 25 years, and I'm astonished at how much this book has taught me.
venatrix
She thinks it is a great resource and has learned a lot from reading the book.
Steven Adamczyk

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Donahue on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is instructional. It is not a collection of cute patterns with glamorous pictures. It is rather a workshop. If you read this book and practice every different part, by the end you will master Aran Sweater Design like a profesional. The book is black and white for the most part with easy, detailed explanations and drawings. At the end there are 3 or 4 patterns, one Aran Vest, two different types of pullovers and a cardigan.(There is a color picture of each project) I personally can't wait to start knitting one of the pullovers which is very elegant. The author is also the editor of a Pattern Newsletter for Aran Knitting by subscription called Twist and Turns. You can learn more about how to subscribe in her website. I highly recommend that you laminate this book with transparent adesive plastic as the paper cover gets easily scratched in that way it is going to keep looking like new through the years. And believe me, you are going to want to keep it that long.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Klara Decker on December 30, 2008
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I love this book because it's one of the relatively few on the market that help me make my OWN sweater - instead of forcing me to follow somebody else's pattern. It contains a wealth of technical information, starting with yarn construction and other materials needed, continuing with a classification of the stitches used for Arans (without describing them in detail - this book is NOT a stitch dictionary.) The next chapter is about "Creating a Design" - how to use the cables - which ones work well together and why and how to put them together. Then there's some useful tips (for better bobbles, for example). This general technical part (most of which is useful for any Aran design, not just sweaters) takes 65 pages.

The second part is about sweater construction methods - bottom-up (in the round and flat), top-down (body first, neckband first) - general and for each of the following sleeve types: dropped-shoulder, peasant sleeves, set-in sleeves, raglan sleeves, vests, t-sleeves, and finally wide-saddle Arans. This part takes 58 pages.

Finally, there's four written-out patterns (vest, peasant-sleeve pullover, set-in sleeve pullover and raglan cardigan) on 20 pages (cable patterns are charted and written out). A list of recommended books and software, a measurement sheet, a key of symbols to the charts and an index complete the book.

If you are looking for sweater patterns to follow, this is not the book for you. But if you have some experience (if you've never knitted a sweater before, get Jacqueline Fee's "Sweater Workshop" first), want to do your own Aran but don't quite know how, then this book is perfect.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By venatrix on January 3, 2008
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I asked myself how many knitting books a person needs. As it turns out, probably not all that many. But if you have even the most cursory interest in sweater design, you do need this book. I've been knitting for 25 years, and I'm astonished at how much this book has taught me. Helpful close-up photos and the author's light, conversational tone will make you feel like you have her sitting right next to you. As the author is the one selling the book on Amazon, it arrived autographed, which I thought was a nice touch, and would make it a particularly nice gift for any knitters you know.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Nancy O. Dickson on November 7, 2008
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I bought this book - which has very pretty pictures and lots of information about putting different patterns together - BUT the key missing ingredient is that no where in the book is there any information on how to create all the various types of cables and stitches she pictures. You CANNOT create your own sweater based solely on this book. You'd have to buy books on how to make cables, etc and how to construct a sweater pattern. . .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scottish Gypsy on May 24, 2007
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This book is great for designing your own Aran sweater. It explains the background of Aran sweater design and offers many patterns to use/incorporate into a sweater. So many 'newer' knitting books are full of fluff, but for any serious knitter, this should belong on your bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Adamczyk on March 29, 2013
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So I got this book for her birthday and she is excited to try every pattern in the book. Of course, her first project is one of the toughest (the cover pattern). Nightly, I hear her swearing at having made a mistake, lost count or misread some instruction, yet she tells me she is so glad I bought the book for her. I don't understand...maybe cable sweaters are delightful torture for some people. She thinks it is a great resource and has learned a lot from reading the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Gary on June 12, 2007
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This is my go to book for any questions I have while designing an aran style sweater. I'm so glad Janet had to forsight to publish this updated version of her original book. There are several patterns at the back of the book if you aren't up to designing your own, but if you follow the steps in the book, you will be more than well on your way.
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