I've been on the waiting list on amazon.com for Alice Starmore's newest book to be released. It was late to become available but finally I got my copy this past week. I hold her in high esteem for her beautiful Fair Isle knitting patterns. Her definitive book “Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting” is probably my most treasured knitting reference books (and not because I had to pay a small fortune for the out-of-print book). The two books are dissimilar in two basic ways. The first book is more of an instructional manual. This new book is s a treasury of fair isle style patterns. There are some pages dedicated to designing a knitted garment using fair isle patterning. There are also some colour photographs of some of her designs. But the vast majority of the book (111 pages out of 155 total pages) are black and white graph patterns. The patterns are divided under the following sections: Tradition Knitting Patterns – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, South America; Adapted Patterns: Celtic, Greece, The Caucasus, Middle East, Far East; Continuing Story: Birds & Flowers, Sea & Shoreline, Inner Landscape. There is also a chapter on colour. The book is very inexpensive, only US$12.66 and it is a large size soft cover.
If you are a stranded knitting enthusiast, I recommend this book for both the pattern content and price. It can never replace her first book for instructions in this style of knitting, but it is a good resource work.
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