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Contemporary Irish Knits

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  129 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Celebrate the Irish countryside and create one-of-a-kind knitted projectsThe patterns found in Contemporary Irish Knits showcase traditional Aran knitting patterns to create the more fitted and flattering shapes that modern knitters prefer. You'll get 18 patterns for making one-of-a-kind Irish knits, encapsulating projects for women's, children, and men's wardrobe pieces, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Wiley (first published July 26th 2011)
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: knit-crochet
In some respects this is a five-star book, and while that may be true for you it was, sadly, not so for me. It's not that the patterns are icky - they're *wonderful* designs, with clever shaping techniques worked into the patterns, and although there is a - to me - over-abundance of chunky cabling design used, still many of the patterns are lovely. And the sizings are quite good; this tends to be a Pet Peeve with me, as I'm "plus-sized" and many of the most beautiful contemporary patterns don't ...more
Charlie Avocado
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any knitter looking for a good book.
Recommended to Charlie by: Ravelry
First of all, the book contains a nice history of Irish yarns, and the specific histories of some of the shops there. It covers their wool sources, how the process the wool, spin and dye it, and sell it. It starts with their origins, and how they've progressed to where they are today. It's interesting reading, I really enjoyed it, and I would hope anyone with a passion for yarn would too!

Unfortunately the book didn't discuss the history of patterns like I'd hoped it would, but honestly if it did
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The writing regarding the Irish yarn mills is interesting, but the big draw is the beautiful patterns. The directions are clear, concise and include charts, schematics, and yarn substitution suggestions. I have completed several of the patterns with good success. I especially love how the cables are integrated into the patterns and not just "plopped" down on an otherwise generic pattern as an afterthought. Oh and great photography shows the beautiful location plus the "knitterly ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely descriptions of the various woollen mills, I enjoyed both the tales behind the yarns and those beautiful patterns.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I suppose I should wait to give a five-star review until trying to knit a pattern from this book, but I very much enjoyed the spotlight on the Irish mills and dyers, which is something usually only reserved for periodicals, since the status of any business described can have changed by the time the book is actually published. Related to this is the fact that Feller is careful to include notes on alternate names and yarn substitutions, since Irish yarns are not necessarily commonly available else ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty neat book. On one hand, it's got the fantastic patterns. On the other, it's got some nice background information yarns (their types and creation), and sizing. I really appreciated the section on knitting for women, and waist shaping. I'd like to give the honeycomb beret and the Killorglin cable rib jacket a try.
A good specialty resource

Full disclosure: I did not read all the way through these patterns. I did read through them and was impressed with their detail and length. The information about the mills is fascinating and not too long. Most of the patterns are modern classic.
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book. It has a great introduction to Irish Knitting, includes the basic elements of knitting to fit, provides on-line resources for the yarns and substitutes. There is probably only one pattern that I'd actually knit, but I really enjoyed this book.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting
Borrowed from READS
* Dangan (Cable-and-Lace square blanket/shawl)
* Glengesh (Cable-and-Lace wrap)
* Rathcooney (fingerless mittens and hat) - hat esp.
* Dalkey (cowl and fingerless mittens) - mittens esp.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Lovely patterns.
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: knitters
Shelves: fiber-arts
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting
Unfortunately the styles didn't matchup with my own, despite being beautiful patterns.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved the history of the yarns, the beautiful projects, but the icing on the cake was the knit stitch glossary. So well written, this book is a keeper.

Leslie Jem
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing, beautiful book. However, it's well beyond my current skill set, and I chose to return it to the library and not purchase a copy of my own. Sticking to more attainable projects!
Katie Webb
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts
There are some stunning patterns in this collection. It is also great how the author utilises some beautiful yarn from Ireland.
Lil' Grogan
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Had heard of this book quite a bit. Liked the attention on Irish wool mills. Not really any designs which attracted me, but nice.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knit
Well photographed, clever patterns, with lots of cables!
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
This one has some really interesting patterns in it. I plan to make a few of these.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lovely patterns. I really enjoyed the discussion of different mills and indie dyers in Ireland.
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