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Traditional Knitting: From the Scottish and Irish Isles.

Debbie Bliss, [Editor].

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ISBN 10: 0517586371 / ISBN 13: 9780517586372
Published by Crown Publishers, New York, NY, 1991
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First Ed USA, First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows binding square and secure; text clean. DJ price unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. Folio. 120pp. Decorated Endpapers. Over 30 Glorious Designs. Knitting Photography by Sandra Lousada. Hardback with DJ. Using patterns developed on the islands themselves, the 30 designs in this book have been modified to reflect modern styles. Featuring jumpers, cardigans, waistcoats, shawls, jackets, Ganseys and Fair Isles this book attempts to capture the spirit of the islands and celebrate the craft and tradition of handknitting. This book also features histories on the development of knitting styles on the various islands. Debbie Bliss is a freelance knitwear designer and design consultant to one of Britain's major textile manufacturers. Bookseller Inventory # 42270

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Title: Traditional Knitting: From the Scottish and ...

Publisher: Crown Publishers, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Ed USA, First Printing indicated.

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The Western Isles, the Shetlands and the Aran Islands provide the inspiration for Debbie Bliss's latest collection of designer knitting patterns. Originally created by the women of these remote and rugged islands, many of the patterns have been handed down from mother to daughter for generations, without any sort of written record. Distinctive motifs - with names like starfish, harbour steps, fishing net and wave - celebrate a unique way of life ruled by the sea. Debbie Bliss has used this tradition for a range of warm, practical and beautiful designs that will delight the whole family: chunky Aran sweaters. subtly shaded Fair Isle cardigans, sweaters and slipovers, delicate Shetland lace shawls and sturdy ganseys. Many of them feature classic details: for example, the practical side-buttoning neck and shoulder strap of the fisherman's gansey and the decorative cables that give the Arans extra elasticity. Full instructions are given for thirty patterns, together with details of traditional stitches and motifs, and appropriate colour schemes. The unique beauty of the landscape gives Sandra Lousada stunning backgrounds for her superb photography. Together with the fascinating histories of the knitting styles of the islands, they create a book that pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of the islanders and the skills and techniques of the past, while irresistibly passing them on to be enjoyed in the present.

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