Charts for Color Knitting

Charts for Color Knitting
Author: Alice Starmore
Rating: 4.53
Bestsellers Rate: 73597
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 160
Hours of reading: 2.7 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: None

About the book

In the course of her career as an internationally recognized authority on knitting design and instruction, Alice Starmore has acquired a remarkable collection of charted designs for color knitting. This treasury features a choice selection of her source material, arranged into four parts: (1) Traditional patterns from Europe, Russia, and South America (2) Adaptations from textiles and other art, including Japanese porcelain and Celtic metalwork (3) Alice Starmore's own geometric and nature-inspired originals (4) Practical instructions that explain how to incorporate these motifs into unique designs. Suitable for beginning as well as advanced color knitters, these charted designs can also be adapted to other crafts, including weaving and embroidery. The first U.S. publication of Charts for Color Knitting, this new and expanded version explains how to incorporate color into your work and features color photographs of knitted swatches created expressly for this Dover edition.





Alice Starmore Biography

Alice Starmore (née Alice Matheson) is a professional needleworker, photographer and author of books on needlework, born in Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland. As an author she is best known for her widely-read Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting, a guide to the complex technique of knitting pullovers and other items using a palette of five colours, on which she is an acknowledged expert. Her photographic work is devoted to the natural world, especially birds and insects.

Life and career

Growing up in a traditional Scottish fishing community with Gaelic as her native language, Starmore learned knitting and created her own designs by the age of five. In 1975 she produced a knitwear collection which was sold in London boutiques. In 1978, Starmore was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, under which she travelled to Norway, Sweden and Finland to study their textile traditions. She is an authority on Celtic and Fair Isle design and technique through her books, as well as articles for Threads and Vogue Knitting magazines. She markets her own lines of threads and yarn. In 1991 Starmore founded Windfall Press, which began with knitting titles and moved to Scottish Gaelic. Starmore put on an art exhibition called "Mamba" at An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis during Summer 2008. She has appeared at a number of textile and knitting events, including the Dutch Stitch 'n' Bitch Day (Rotterdam, 2006) and I Knit London's Weekender (September 2009). Starmore photographs the natural world, particularly birds and insects, and she contributes to publications of the British Dragonfly Society. She is regarded as an authority on Scottish moorland habitats, and is employed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) as their Education Officer for the Isles of Lewis and Harris. Her daughter Jade is a professional needleworker and artist, and has published her own books.

Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting

Starmore is best known for her book on Fair Isle knitting, a traditional knitting technique used to create complex patterns with multiple, typically up to five, colours. Sarah E. White, on, writes that Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting "makes my head hurt in a good way." The Knitters Bookshelf editor writes of the book that "Alice Starmore's incomparable unveiling of the art of Fair Isle knitting is not just the most complete resource on the subject that is available, but also a journey into the world of color and fiber and design that both inspires and enlightens." Alessandro De Luca of Yarns of Italy writes that it is a book he can read, not as a book of ready to use patterns but a book which explains the history, theory and techniques involved. He writes "If you've ever wanted to create fair isle patterns that are uniquely your own, this is the must-have book. If you've ever wondered about knitting history, this is the book. And if you've ever wondered about steeking, carrying yarn in colorwork, ... Read full biography

Authors: Alice Starmore
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Languages: | English |
Original Language:
ISBN13: 9780486484631
ISBN10: 0486484637
Reference Edition:
Edition: New edition
Edition Statement: New and expanded ed
Illustrations: full color
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 160
Book Weight: 725.75
Book Dimensions: 214x279x15.49
Circulation: None
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2011
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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