- Hardcover: 131 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (October 14, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345345347
- ISBN-13: 978-0345345349
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweaters for Men: 22 Designs from the Scottish Isles Hardcover – October 14, 1989
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There are rare elements of some of the designs that are 'dated', and I would say in the Rock and Sand pattern, the cowl neck is not currently in vogue for men.
However, the 'dated' elements of the patterns are all easily fixed by an intermediately-skilled knitter. Converting the cowl neck to a V-neck crew on "Rock and Sand" required little more than some thought and a couple of trial swatches to work out the decreases so that the crew neck would lie flat in the context of the angles of the neck opening.
(FYI, on this pattern I also swatched what Philosopher's Wool calls a 'Baltic Braid' technique, along the border between the body and yoke of the sweater where the pattern calls for a course of purls; wasn't aesthetically pleasing--too bulky, at least in worsted weight--so I can save you some work by saying don't bother with that bit of tweaking if you were considering it.)
My brother has happily worn that sweater during the Connecticut winters for the past 5 years or so, and *EVERY* time he wears it out, someone comments to him about what a fantastic sweater it is and wants to know where he got it (at which point he can smugly reply, "Oh, I had it custom knit...Read more ›
I was frankly a bit surprised that this book was not up to AS's usual standards. Her other books are really timeless designs, but this book screams "I was printed in the 80's!!"
Bully for the lady who said in another review that she got a lot of use out of this book. She seemed a bit up in arms about a previous less than favorable review. I , however, really feel that there are better patterns for men's sweaters out there and as Starmore books tend to go for premium prices, I would give this book a pass. Save your money and apply it towards getting Starmores Aran Knitting instead.
Even this book of men's sweaters has a few nice traditional patterns that would be good for any era. The traditional gansey that opens the book is one of these.
However, I was quite shocked at how dated many of the patterns are in this book. As a man, I can say that in the whole book there were maybe only 2-3 sweaters I would ever be caught dead in. My wife was more or less laughing at many of the designs. Obviously each to their own, but be warned that this is not like Starmore's other books of 'timeless' classics.
Also disappointing is that the book is mostly just patterns. Alice Starmore's best stuff -- her instructional writing and knitting history writing -- is not present in this book, making it significantly less interesting than the previously mentioned Fair Isle and Aran Island books.
It is cheaper than other Starmore books, but the lower price reflects an inferior product. Maybe the patterns will be enough for some, but for me, if I am going to spend so much for an out of print book, I want more than just a few good patterns.
UPDATE (2/2/2012): The price for a used copy of this book has dropped considerably since I first wrote the review. The current price of $18, is a pretty reasonable price when you consider that there are at least 2 quality patterns in this book. At the time I wrote the original review, the price was more than $50, which IS too much considering that the majority of the patterns are not up to Starmore's usual quality level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great knitting book and I was very happy with your service.Published 8 months ago by Janice Stephens
I am knitting a sweater from the front cover and it is beautifulPublished 13 months ago by Lyuda Battin
I love Alice Starmore's books, but I never bought this one until recently because of some negative reviews which I had read about this particular work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lars Kurt Kristiansen
I love anything by Alice Starmore. Her directions are clear and the patterns are beautifulPublished 19 months ago by vicali
Alice Starmore has done a lot for the knitting community with her good taste and excellent instructions. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Christopher Schindler
I've knitted two sweaters from this book, one for my son - the "Gansey Style Sweater" and one for my daughter who fell in love with the "Boat & Rope Sweater". Read morePublished on June 13, 2009 by Loves to Read