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. . . Arans, Guernseys and Fair Isle Knitting Books from Schoolhouse Press . . .

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Center-pull Ball Winder $39.95

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Tudor Roses
—Alice Starmore

In collaboration with her daughter Jade, Alice Starmore has re-issued her 1998 book, Tudor Roses. The original theme has been slightly altered to concentrate only upon women (so Hentry VII and Hentry VIII have been eliminated, as it were). There are a total of 14 itmes (13 garments and a blanket), which included 4 new designs which did not appear in the original edition. Plus, several of the 1998 patterns have been re-designed/updated completely. The photography plus 4 of the designs are by Jade Starmore; the rest are from Alice. The book is lavishly produced; oversized, cloth covered and embossed with gold lettering. $40

 

 

 

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Cables, Diamonds, and Herringbones


 

 

 

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Ron Schweitzer Fair Isle Knitting Books
—Ron Schweitzer

These splendid Fair Isle design books are now out-of-print, but we were able to procure the last of them. Together, they contain dozens of amazing patterns (all worked in Shetland wool) from master Fair Isle designer, Ron Schweitzer. For a limited time, order all 4 together for just $29.95 (reg price $63.80 - save over 50%!): Travel Logs, Chesapeake Collection, Appalacian Portraits, and Postcards from Shetland. Softcover. $29.95

 

 

 

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Aran Knitting
—Alice Starmore

Dover has re-issued another of Alice's long sought-after classics. 60 charted stitch patterns and instructions for knitting caps, sweaters and shawls - plus 2 new designs not included the original edition. Softcover. $29.95

 

 

 

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Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks
—Mary Wright

This charming and historic title, first published in 1979, is just now back in print from Polperro Heritage Press. I have knitted many Guernseys using patterns from this dear book; the Polperro Musician being one of my faves. And isn't the cover photo of the patient knitter, waiting for the ships to return, most touching? You will find 30 Gansey charts, complete history of Cornish knitting, instructions for two classic
garments (into which you can knit the stitch-pattern of your choice),
and scores of wonderful old photos. Softcover. $19.95

 

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Aran Sweater Designs
—Janet Szabo

A comprehensive book for designing your own Aran Sweater, including choices of cables and sample projects. $24.95

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Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting
—Alice Starmore

 

How many knitters have been thwarted by the soaring on-line-auction prices for this title? Dear Dover convinced Alice to bring it back for only $24.95. Indeed, a beautiful and comprehensive book on this vast subject: technique, steeks, charts, plus plenty of garments for men, women and children; an essential adjunct to any color-pattern-knitter's library. Alice is certainly one of the masters when it comes to use of color and traditional construction. Softcover. $29.95

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Fair Isle Knitting
—Sara Don

Nearly three decades ago, this book arrived from the UK; it was the very first book ever published on the subject of Fair Isle knitting and here is part of Elizabeth's review in our WG#24, March '81: "I remember these splendid jerseys from my youth in the '20s, when great boxes of them would come from Shetland 'on approval'. We selected those we couldn't resist, wrote a cheque, and returned it with the resistable ones. Last fall Sarah Don's magnificent book appeared, Fair Isle Knitting. We have sold so many crates of them that it is hard to imagine that you lace a copy and have no access to these wonderful and genuine designs. (Are any of you getting 9 sts to 1"? I'm not!) ... History & legend, ten complete sweaters, 2 caps-and-mittens, well over 100 pattern-graphs, color-plates. Find Fair isle on the map. It lies alone between the Orkneys and the Shetlands off the NE coast of Scotland. Its sheep are small, agile and soft." Now, after years of languishing out-of-print, dear Dover has reprinted the original book. $12.95

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Traditional Fair Isle Knitting
—Sheila McGregor

History, technical info, plus 900 Fair Isle charts. An indispensible book. Softcover. $14.95

 

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The Celtic Collection
Alice Starmore

Twenty-five stunning designs for men, women, and children. Softcover. $24.95

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Arans and Celtics
—XRX

Another collection from back issues of Knitter's Magazine. 30 designs by assorted designers. Softcover. $19.95

 

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Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans
—Gladys Thompson

The first and still one of the best. Softcover. $14.95

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The Art of Fair Isle Knitting
— Ann Feitelson


In-depth technique, history, construction and use of color, plus 20 lovely garments. Hardcover. $34.95

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Travel Logs
—Ron Schweitzer

One in a series of four Fair Isle books each containing complete instructions for nine dazzling all-over patterns knitted in Shetland wool. An amazing collection of vests and sweaters (cardigans and pullovers). $12.95

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Chesapeake Collection
—Ron Schweitzer

Second in a series of four Fair Isle books each containing complete instructions for nine dazzling all-over patterns knitted in Shetland wool. An amazing collection of vests and sweaters (cardigans and pullovers). $14.95

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Appalachian Portraits
—Ron Schweitzer

Third in a series of four Fair Isle books each containing complete instructions for nine dazzling all-over patterns knitted in Shetland wool. An amazing collection of vests and sweaters (cardigans and pullovers). $16.95

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Postcards from Shetland
—Ron Schweitzer

Number 4 in a series of four Fair Isle books each containing complete instructions for nine dazzling all-over patterns knitted in Shetland wool. An amazing collection of vests and sweaters (cardigans and pullovers). $18.95

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Simply Shetland
—Unicorn

21 designs for men, women, and children. Softcover. $23.95

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Simply Shetland 2
—Unicorn

$23.95

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Simply Shetland 3
—Unicorn

$22.95

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Simply Shetland 4
—Unicorn

Following in the same excellent style as the first
three in this series, here - from 10 different designers - is an additional assortment of simple, elegant and complex designs for men and women: jackets, hats, wraps, a skirt, cape, pullovers, coats and scarves. Beautifully photographed in Point Reyes, Tomales Bay. Softcover, $24.95

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Simply Shetland 5
—Unicorn

A continuation of the established mode of this series of books: clean, classic patterns for an assortment of garments (16 of them) from their stable of talented designers. Softcover. $24.95

 

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Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified
—Ann and Eugene Bourgeois

A dazzling book: 16 rich, color-saturated designs with just under 100 garment-variations shown. Lovely location photographs, handsome sweaters, and the Philosopher's philosophy. What a beaut. Softcover. $29.95