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Patterns for guernseys, jerseys, and arans; fishermen's sweaters from… (original 1969; edition 1971)

by Gladys Thompson

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Title:Patterns for guernseys, jerseys, and arans; fishermen's sweaters from the British Isles
Authors:Gladys Thompson
Info:New York, Dover Publications [1971]
Collections:Your library, Knitting
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Tags:knitting, history, ethnic/regional, patterns

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Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans by Gladys Thompson (1969)

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Thompson's book on knitting patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, & Arans is the result of hundreds of hours of research around the coasts of the British Isles, where each seaport had its own traditional sweater pattern. While this was useful in recognizing drowned sailors, it also is part of the British Folk tradition, which is rapidly vanishing in the face of modern day pursuits, where the young have no time for the old ways. This book preserves many of the traditional patterns of knitting sweaters, called Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans for the islands on which they originated, so modern knitters can make sweaters in the old patterns, before they are lost forever. A great pattern book for the dedicated knitter, it also preserves these traditional patterns for the time when these sweaters are no longer commonly worn, and stands as an archaeological work of preservation.
  FresnoWeaverSpinner | May 11, 2010 |
Exactly what it says: a book of stitch patterns. There is too little about technique for a complete novice to knit a completed sweater from the book without a great deal of doubt and frustration. However, for those seeking background information about the the craft, or looking for handsome, authentic patterns to use in their own knitting, it is invaluable and worth twice the price.
  calotype | Sep 30, 2006 |
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Historical documentation/patterns of the famous fisherman and aran sweaters of the British Isles. There's some inconsistency as to whether the motifs/patterns are given in charted or written form

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486227030, Paperback)

This fully illustrated guide features 82 geniune patterns for traditional fishermen's sweaters. Collected from sources in the Hebrides, Aran Islands, and throughout the British Isles, these sweaters and cardigans for men and women range from lightweight jerseys to heavier guernseys. "A godsend to all knitters of Arans and Fishermen's jerseys." — Shawls.

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This book is a revised edition of 'Guernsey and Jersey Patterns' published in 1955, omitting some of the knitting history and stories, but giving more patterns, and including several new items which have been discovered since the first book was written. These include full directions for knitting a Channel Islands guernsey. Also one from Fife in anchor pattern, and full directions for making two sets of sweaters and cardigans adapted for ladies' wear . . . they are knitted in Filey and Seahouses designs. Earlier Filey patterns dating from 1822 have been included, also a Sheringham and two Norfolk guernseys. - from the preface… (more)

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