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Fishermen's Sweaters: Twenty Exclusive Knitwear Designs for All Generations Paperback – August 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570760292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570760297
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alice Starmore is a leading knitwear designer and the author of books that include The Celtic Collection and Celtic Needlepoint.

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It's a very good collection of designs, most of which look lovely.
Michael Bedward
The charts are easy to follow, and Starmore's general directions in the back of the book are a bonus.
Virginia L. Tubbs
Alice Starmore is the authority when it comes to Aran knitting and this book demonstrates that.
Suzanne

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I can't praise this wonderful book enough. Every adult sweater in this collection is a treasure!
Starmore's marvelous book focuses on single-color, richly textured sweaters (though there are also two very striking Scandinavian-style pullovers which would serve as an excellent introduction to multicolor knitting.) There are complex Aran-style cabled sweaters as well as knit-and-purl brocades which involve little or no cabling. These brocade patterns (Lochinver, Filey, Norfolk, and Cape Cod, to name my own favorites) are some of the loveliest and most elegant sweaters ever to emerge from Starmore's workshop--and best of all, they are much simpler to knit than they appear!
Traditional construction is the hallmark of this collection. It is Starmore's ode to the Scottish fisher gansey, the art form of her homeland. Therefore, most of the designs call for DK, sport, or 5-ply gansey yarn, and fairly small needles. Finishing one of these fine-gauge sweaters will require a little extra patience and stamina, but the end result will be a hard-wearing, versatile, impeccably crafted garment.
It's a toss-up as to which is Starmore's best work: this book or the magnificent "Aran Knitting". This book has more original designs, however, and much greater variety among them.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L. Tubbs on February 18, 2002
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I am new to Aran kniting. The detailed, close up pictures of the sweaters show very clearly how the stitches should appear. The charts are easy to follow, and Starmore's general directions in the back of the book are a bonus. Sweaters are featured in light to heavy yarns. The fibers range from cotton, silk, wool or a combination. My sample knitted swatches have been sucessful.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Martha E. Nelson on July 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a book that just makes you itch to knit. I had not knit a sweater in the round until I started working with this book, and I unerstand now why traditional knitters would never have done things any other way.
I have rarely seen such beautiful swater patterns or such beacutiful photographs. If you like to knit, be patient and learn from this book and you will be immensely rewarded.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2003
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Alice Starmore is a knit designer who is reknown for her colorwork (Fairisle type--she hails from Lerwick, Scotland) and for her textured Aran and Guernsey-style work. Here she creates some glorious textured sweaters in chapters named after lands where fisherfolk live, work and yes, knit their characteristic designs. The chapters include:
1. Scotland
2. England
3. Ireland (including the Aran Isles)
4. Points North, South and East (including Breton, Norway and the Baltic lands and the Faroes)
5. The New World (hey, that's US!! Nova Scotia, Cape Cod, and more.)
The sweaters range from the thickly cabled true Aran style (the gorgeous Innishmore is incredibly deep and intricate) to colorwork such as a combination of textures and pattern characteristic of Estonian knitting. There is also an adorable child's sweater modeled after a Breton sailor's striped jersey.
This is one of Starmore's most useful books. The sweaters could be worn by men, children, fashionable women, hikers, you name it. If you love TEXTURE, you will adore this, but there is also color. In addition to the designs I just mentioned, I love the charming "Nova Scotia" featuring scallop shells in a knit-purl design.
This is one of my favorite Starmore books.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on March 5, 2003
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Alice Starmore is the authority when it comes to Aran knitting and this book demonstrates that. The pictures are gorgeous and the directions for the projects are well done. So, get inspired and make one of these! I have just started an Alice Starmore project and all I can say is that I am thoroughly enjoying it and find rather addicting. Her directions and charts are very clear and easy to follow. Her designs are truly works of art!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bedward on October 9, 2010
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...well, this man did anyway. i had wanted a fisherman's style jumper / gansey for a long time and since I could never afford one I decided to make one. Not having knitted anything before I figured it couldn't be that hard (ignorance being bliss) so I got a copy of this book and decided to try making the Stornoway men's jumper. LIke almost all the designs in the book it's knitted in the round and has lots of bits that sounded tricky: under-arm gussets, shoulder straps, complex patterning including cables. I was a little worried about it being rated as a three-star project (experience required) but I ploughed ahead regardless. The result ? Well, it took me about two years but eventually I was the proud owner of my very own Scottish fisherman's jumper :) Subsequently I've made the Lochinver jumper for my partner (which looks wonderful on her), modifying the sleeves a little to make them less patterned.

Without doubt, what made it possible for a complete knitting no-nothing like me to do this was the wonderfully clear, detailed patterns in the book. Really, if I can follow them, anyone can. I also found the additional information at the back of the book about jumper construction and techniques such as grafting and different cast-ons extremely helpful.

It's a very good collection of designs, most of which look lovely. I have to admit that a couple of them are not to my taste and with several others I think the jumper would be more attractive if the patterning was simplified a little. But that's just my preference.

I wouldn't part with my copy of this book at any price and I'll definitely be knitting more of the jumpers.
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