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Source: Gifted to me by one of my students who found it for $1 in a thrift shop.
Publication date: 1993
Status: Reprinted by Collins & Brown in 2010.
Condition: Mild wear on dust jacket.
In her introduction, Alice Starmore explains that “knitting fisher ganseys entirely in the round is the most technically and visually sophisticated” knitting tradition in the world. (Tell us how you really feel, Alice!) Her purpose in writing Fishermen’s Sweaters is “to revive interest in this technique, to celebrate its achievements and to carry it forward with new developments.”
This is an oversized hardcover book, and it definitely has a coffee table book vibe to it.
The patterns include written and charted instructions along with schematics. For example, the Inishmaan sweater includes seven charts for different pattern stitches.
I confess that the Caribbean-American in me has a preference for the colorful, Scandinavian influenced designs.
For whatever reason, the New World sweaters don’t really seem that North American to my eye.
Ravelry members can see all 20 designs from the book here. Although the book is clearly intended to inspire you to knit a sweater, it has some nice stitch patterns which can be used for other projects. The charting makes it easier to use the stitch patterns whether you prefer to knit flat or in the round.