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Sweaters from a New England Village Paperback – January 1, 1993

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The New England village referred to in the title is Harrisville, New Hampshire, home of Harrisville Designs, a woolen mill that for many years has supplied weavers with gorgeous tweed and solid-color wool yarns. Now more and more knitters are beginning to discover the tremendous color range (more than 80 colors) that Harrisville offers. In creating the 20 original patterns included here, Strick used a variety of Harrisville yarns from heavy to fingering weight, but given the proper gauge the knitter can use any favorite yarn to knit the sweaters, which include a number of fair isle designs as well as textured solid-color knits, entrelac socks, and a beautiful pair of Amish Star mittens reminiscent of the quilt pattern. Patterns are clearly written, with complete charts that show every shaping detail, and there are, of course, color photos of all designs. For intermediate and advanced knitters?and an inspiration to beginners; any library collecting knitting books will want this one.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892723580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892723584
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learning both music and knitting at the age of three, Candace Eisner Strick has followed these two loves all her life. She was co-director and cello instructor of the Suzuki String Program of Mansfield, CT for 16 years. Her latest book, Strick-ly Socks, features a revolutionary and amazingly simple way of knitting socks.

She is the author of Sweaters From a New England Village (Down East Books, 1996), a book about Harrisville, NH which features twenty original designs using Harrisville Designs yarn. Her second book, Sweaters From New England Sheep Farms (Down East Books, 2000) is a series of portraits of eight New England sheep farmers who hand-dye the wool they produce, and includes over 25 original designs using their fiber. Her third knitting book, Beyond Wool (Martingale and Co., Feb. 2004), uses a variety of fibers other than wool. There are chapters about the fibers as well as 25 original designs. Her fourth book, The Quilter's Quick Reference Guide, was released in June, 2004 by Martingale and Co. Her fifth publication, Little Box of Crocheted Bags, was released in March 2006 by Martingale and Co. Her sixth book, Knit One, Stripe Too, was released by Martingale and Co. in October, 2008.

Her designs and writing have appeared in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knit It Magazine, Wild Fiber Magazine, Cast On Magazine, Vogue Knitting books and Interweave Knitting books. Candace designs for yarn companies while she and her husband run their internet based business,, which features her exclusive designs, and her new line of yarn, Merging Colors.

Candace teaches workshops internationally at major knitting conventions and guilds. Her other fiber related interests include spinning, weaving, dyeing and quilting. When not doing the above, she is riding her bicycle. She lives in rural Connecticut with her pianist/knitting husband Ken, wonder-bunny Abraham, and 2 birds. She has three grown sons, all of whom know how to knit but refuse to do so.

You can follow Candace by reading her blog at

Videos of knitting techniques can be viewed at

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Candace Eisner Strick engagingly explains the history of the town of Harrisville, New Hampshire,and its mills. She uses Harrisville yarns in beautiful, complexly designed, colorful sweaters, and supplies clear directions for making them. The Fair Isle Scroll sweater is especially lovely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nadine Harris on September 29, 2004
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These are gorgeous patterns in lovely colorways. The directions are very clear and there are generous charts. Harrisville yarns are very reasonably priced, available in cones, and have a huge range of colors, and so this is a good source for sweaters that won't use the baby's milk money. Probably not for the beginner, but not daunting for anyone with some experience. Some textured work, but most of the sweaters are delightful fair isles. I wish there were more photos and that all of the sweaters were modeled. Sometimes the sweaters are shown from just one view (say, the back) and I am itching to see the other side, but this is carping. Very highly recommended.
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I was pleasantly surprised when this book arrived. Out of print and previously used, it was in excellent condition. And totally unexpected was that a sweater pattern I had been looking for high and low throughout the internet was in this book . . . a very pleasant surprise. I would never have found it because I thought it was published by someone else and was looking in all the wrong places. For that alone, I would obviously be pleased with this book, but there are also several other nice sweater patterns that have also caught my eye, including the one on the front cover.
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