Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans by Gladys Thompson

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This week’s pick: Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans: Fishermen’s Sweaters from the British Isles by Gladys Thompson.

Source:  Amazon.

Publication date: 1971 second revised edition.

Status: 3rd revised edition (1979) is available as a Dover book for $14.95.

Condition: Good.

Craft: Knitting.

Guernseys cover

I bought this book online a few years ago after I first learned to knit.  I’ve always been fascinated by knit and crochet cables and I heard that this was one of those “must have” knitting books.

As someone who will probably not be knitting a sweater any time soon, this is more of an interesting (but not critical) find for my vintage collection.

I haven’t read it very closely, but I do love the cable patterns contained within.  It’s almost as fun to look through as a stitch guide.

Flamborough diamond moss and cable pattern.

Flamborough diamond moss and cable pattern.

From what I can gather, the book includes some historical and regional information along with the patterns.  Periodically, I like to glance within its pages for inspiration.

Filey Pattern VIII: Zig zag, moss, and cables.

Filey Pattern VIII: Zig zag, moss, and cables.

I have yet to be feel the urge to read the entire book, but I’m sure one day the mood will strike me.

The Crimlisk Brothers.

The Crimlisk Brothers.

One of the major downsides to this book is its lack of an index.  I have no idea who these brothers are, but don’t they look interesting?

Charts for the Sheringham pattern.

Charts for the Sheringham pattern.

Some of the textured patterns are charted.

Scottish Fleet Pattern XXVI: Trees and Bars.

Scottish Fleet Pattern XXVI: Trees and Bars.

Has anyone made a project inspired by this book?

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