I have always been fascinated with colorwork and the designs of many knitters such as Marie Wallin, Kate Davies and Martin Storey. But as a knitter I have been very intimidated by this type of knitting.
When I received a copy of Scottish Knits by Martin Storey to review, my love of colorwork was once again rekindled and my interest in cables renewed.
What happens when beautifully crafted handknits meet a Scottish sense of color and whimsy? You get an exquisite book of Scottish-influenced designs that knitters will crave, created by renowned knitter Martin Storey.
About the Author: Martin Storey is a renowned knitwear designer and author. A designer at Rowan for many years, he has masterminded their Classic range of yarns and brochures, as well as authored or co-authored several knitting books. He lives in Devon, England.
This collection of 24 designs offers knitters a well rounded mix of traditional Fair Isle patterns mixed with the elements of cables for cardigans, sweaters, gloves, socks and more. The last pattern in the book is a personal favorite called the Orkney Throw, a design created in seed stitch and an easy snowflake motif. I also love Skye, a bold cabled poncho knitted in Rowan Tweed, and Fyfe, a classic cabled cardigan knitted in Rowan Tweed. You can find many of the designs featured in this book online at Ravelry.
Inside you will find written instructions, detailed diagrams for each garment, charts for colorwork only and a glossary of terms and basic knitting. If you are a knitter who prefers to work with charts for detailed cabled patterns, then you might need to reconsider the purchase of this book as the cable designs do not offer charts but written instructions only. I must point out that this collection is for more experienced knitters with an understanding of Fair Isle knitting and cable patterns.
I love how the Martin has combined different elements and design techniques to create his own unique style. One in particular is the Tay Tartan Cardigan, which uses a combination of Fair Isle and Intarsia for a stunning result. Another is theThistle Cardigan, which uses a lovely thistle motif for the front of the cardigan and stripes for the back and sleeves.
All in all this collection is truly gorgeous, and if you are a lover of colorwork and a fan of Martin Storey, then this book is well worth adding to your library.
Disclaimer: This copy was provided by Interweave Press for review and the above opinions are my own