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Aran Sweater Design Paperback – March 31, 2006
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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.
It starts by examining the construction of traditional sweaters, the kind of yarn that is ideal-important, basic beginnings. Then it discusses different kinds of cables-honeycombs, diamonds, braids ... what makes them different from each other. But then it gets really good-it talks about how you put them TOGETHER. Proportions. Row-counts. Frequency of repeats. Reasons some cables look better with certain cables rather than others. This entire section is masterful.
Next, the book examines the different constructions-saddle-shoulders, top-down, bottom-up, raglans, set-in sleeves, and so on, along with tips you need to know. This is followed by in-depth detail about how to actually KNIT a sweater in whatever shape you might want.
There are a handful of fully-designed sweaters at the back. They're perfectly nice, attractive and all, but to me, they are not the point of the book. The object of the book is for you to be able to design your own Aran ... why follow someone else's pattern?
Honestly, there isn't a technique that I can think of that's not in here-not that you're likely to need, anyway. The style is entirely accessible and readable-it feels like having a good friend sitting next to you, helping you along. It does not get bogged down with technical jargon, but it doesn't dumb-down anything.
My one complaint? There are no cable patterns in the book, which I think is an odd lapse. Since the book is giving you all the tools you need to knit your own Aran, why are there no cable stitches to see you on your way? I understand that the object is to concentrate on the construction, and that there's no way you could have all the cable stitches you might want.Read more ›
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I bought this as a reference book, but once I opened it, I had to read it cover to cover because it was so fascinating. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by ICL2
One of the best books on designing Aran style knitwear since Alice Starmore I liked it so much I bought a copy for my only knitting offsrping (hey one out of four isn't bad)Published on January 14, 2013 by Regina M. Legard
Some really nice ideas, but sticking with the older classic design books would save a lot of expense since I already had those.Published on July 13, 2010 by Amazon Customer
As I have several of Janet Szabo's patterns, I was delighted to find that using this book, I can - and will - design my own aran sweater. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by M. Tudor
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. Read morePublished on March 11, 2008 by W. Byrd