"I think I was lucky in the timing — I learned to knit just when your book first came out. The other books on the subject seemed to be aimed at people who already knit. . . . and [it] is the only one I read for pleasure, not just for patterns." — Gordon Reid, www.ganseys.com
"For years knitters have been pining for the return of Michael Pearson's lovely book, Traditional Knitting, complete with historical notes, charts, photos and patterns for Fair Isle, Guernsey, and Aran sweaters. Once again, our wish is granted by dear Dover." — Meg Swansen, Schoolhouse Press
"A fascinating and well researched book." — Evening Press
After visiting the remote fishing villages of Scotland and England, Michael Pearson compiled this extensive record of unique patterns. His sources include oral traditions, documents, family albums, and photos. Pearson combines a social history of the villages and the living history of these crafts with detailed patterns and practical instructions for knitters. For this revised and expanded edition, the author has added an extensive selection of new pattern charts and full knitting instructions, making this essential work even more valuable to lovers of traditional knitting.
"Great collection of patterns. So much history. I learned so many interesting things. The pictures were amazing and definitely my favorite part. A history and knitting lesson wrapped up in one book." — Debbie's Bookcase
About the Author
Michael Pearson's interest in knitting began with his residence in a Northumberland fishing village, where he talked with locals about their traditional crafts. In addition to running a mail-order company specializing in traditional knitwear, he is a founding member of the Northern Guild of Knitters and co-director of the Northern Wool Cooperative.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Michael Pearson's Traditional Knitting: Aran, Fair Isle and Fisher Ganseys, New & Expanded Edition based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A really interesting book on the history of knitting with a lot of great patterns to try out. I enjoyed reading about the various regional variations on patterns. I would recommend this book to fans of historical knitting or knitters looking for inspiration in traditional knits.
Fascinating, factual, informative, current and historical information related to Gansey, Fair Isle and Aran knitting fills the pages of this book. With over fifty years of knitting so far under my belt I have learned a GREAT deal that I did not know before. Original knitting guild members were male, knitting became a way to augment income, women were able to knit a sweater much faster than I am able to, special devices I had never heard of were used by knitters to facilitate the process, people carried their knitting with them almost everywhere, Gansey sweaters have purl stitches that form patterns while Aran sweaters use knit stitches to do so instead, gussets were made under the arms, reworking sweaters was easier using the methods and patterns described in this book…I could go on but I have to say that this is one very intriguing book and I am thankful to Net Galley and Dover Publications for the opportunity to read and review this book.