The definitive guide to designing and knitting in the Irish Aran tradition, this highly sought after book returns to print after a decade's absence in a revised and expanded version. The author of many knitting classics, Alice Starmore is internationally renowned as a knitwear designer and an expert on knitting technique. In this guide, she presents a fascinating history of Aran knitting and an analysis of the traditional style, in addition to a complete workshop in technique, pattern, and design. "Highly recommended" by Library Journal, this volume offers step-by-step instructions, photographs, and drawings. It provides complete directions and charted patterns for the original edition's fourteen designs — many of them reknit in contemporary yarns — plus a new design. Patterns include the St. Brigid, one of the author's most popular hand-knitted designs, which represents a step forward from Aran knitting into the realm of Celtic design. Brilliant color photographs depict all of the finished caps, sweaters, and shawls. Sixty easy-to-read charted patterns guide readers through the design process and encourage the development of unique patterns. Beginners and experienced knitters alike will cherish this comprehensive guide to a beloved craft.
Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans: Fishermen's Sweaters from the British Isles
For hundreds of years the fishermen of the British Isles have gone to the sea wearing Guernsey and Jersey sweaters. Among landlubbers as well, these sweaters are perennially popular, but, especially in this country, it is often hard to find practical instructions for the patterns that are traditional in Britain. Here is a book that presents fully 82 different genuine folk patterns for both the lighter weight Jerseys and the heavier Guernseys, and diagrams many more patterns that you can use in your knitting. The author gives the names of the stitches and patterns traditionally used in making Jerseys and Guernseys, and she tells you exactly how to knit every sweater in this book using those patterns and stitches. Here you will find patterns taken from sweaters found in Yorkshire, Norfolk, the west coast of Ireland, the Scottish Hebrides, and the Aran Islands. These are sweaters that have often been handed down from father to son for several generations, they wear so well. Instructions for these sturdy sweaters are given row by row for knitting fronts, backs, sleeves, and necks, in the traditional fashion. Each set of instructions is accompanied by a diagram of the pattern and, often, by a photograph of the finished sweater. All of these sweaters can be worn by either men or women...
Knitting an Aran sweater is one of the most delightful and interesting projects any knitter can undertake. Knitting an Aran sweater that you've designed yourself is even more fun! This comprehensive reference book walks knitters—step by step—through the process of choosing and combining cable patterns to create a unique, textural work of knitting art. Lots of photos, illustrations, and sample projects give additional help along the way.
220 Aran Stitches and Patterns: Volume 5 (The Harmony Guides)
The Harmony Guides are a series of highly practical, illustrated guides to hand knitting and crochet, explaining basic techniques from start to finish. An easy-to-follow, practical guide to this universally popular stitch, this book includes diamonds, cables, twists, honeycombs, textures, panels, and backgrounds.
Irish Knitting: Patterns Inspired by Ireland (Hobby Craft)
Rohana Darlington's unusual and fascinating story of her search for the origins of Aran knitting inspired this collection of designs. The obscure history of this complex craft, previously thought to be impossible to trace, became an irresistible challenge. The author investigated the general development of textiles in Ireland and eventually her painstaking enquiries led her to an important discovery about the history of Aran knitting.This book contains twenty-four original hand-knitted designs which reflect Ireland's artistic and cultural heritage. The inspiration for the garments originates from a variety of rich sources, such as the Tara Brooch, the Book of Kells, lace making, an old school sampler and the Galway Races.The designs include garments for men, women and children, and even a bedspread created from a nineteenth century pattern. They range from easy to knit to the more demanding and use a variety of yarns to suit every season or occasion. Each design has a short historical introduction, comprehensive knitting instructions, colour photographs of the garment, line illustrations, colour charts and the inspirational source behind each pattern.
Yes, it's true--you CAN create the classic style of Aran sweaters with crochet! These luxurious designs look and feel just like knitted garments.Ten sweaters and vests feature texture-filled stitch patternsPatterns introduce cables, bobbles, seed stitches, and moreIncludes step-by-step crochet stitches, plus simple projects for first-time crocheters
Little Aran & Celtic Knits for Kids: 25 Designs for Babies and Young Children (Knit & Crochet)
Rowan Yarn's master knitwear designer Martin Storey shares twenty-five beautiful patterns for babies and toddlersFeaturing soft colors, a mixture of traditional Aran patterns, touches of intarsia colorwork, and sweet knitting pattern motifs that both children and parents will love, the projects in this book will make the perfect addition to your little one's wardrobe or room decor. Traditional cabled and Celtic patterns, plus rabbits, cats, anchors, hearts, and birds adorn a wide range of garments and accessories from cardigans, sweaters, dresses, and skirts, to blankets, scarves, socks, and gloves.All the designs are knit in Rowan's cozy and comfortable natural wool yarns―and range from simple to challenging―so there's something for every knitter to enjoy. The twenty-five adorable designs in this book are sure to become special keepsake handknits that will be treasured for years to come.
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Aran Designing and Edwardian Knitting // Casual Friday #51
Aran Sweater Patterns
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In this week's podcast, I show you how I approach designing an Aran sweater, and also the progress I've made on an Edwardian sweater pattern from 1904/1906 that I couldn't resist knitting.
To jump to a specific point in the video, click on the timestamped link
Aran sweater design Part I: 0:26
Edwardian knitting Part I: 13:56
(updates to my progress will be tracked in future videos)
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