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Scottish Heritage Knits by Martin Storey

Scottish Heritage Knits by Martin Storey

24 designer handknits using Rowan yarns

Price:  £15.99

Stunning colour combinations breathe new life into traditional colourwork patterns, along with some great cables, in this beautiful new collection of designs from Martin Storey.  He offers a wealth of projects - jackets, sweaters, cardigans, a short coat, a waistocat and a ponchom as well as two throws, a cushion and a range of accessories:  gloves, socks, scarves, a bag and a hat.

Inspired by traditional Scottish knit patterns, his designs offer a contemporary twist.  For example, he transforms the popular Argyll pattern with some really singing colour contrasts and then uses a Scottish tartan design as border, while great traditional cable patterns translate into a modern style tunic, a cropped cardigan or a great poncho.  A neat houndstooth check changes colour in blocked rows to create a stunning scarf, hat and mittens. 

Martin's great eye for colour is aided and abetted by the exquisite colour palette of some of Rowan's most beautiful pure wool yarns in a range of weights, from 4 ply for the finer colourwork to Aran for some of the cables. 

If you are looking for something special to knit, this is the book you need.

Martin Storey is renowned for his truly elegant knitwear designs. He worked for trendsetting company Artwork on leaving college and since then has been a major force in Rowan Yarns, designing for their Classic Range. He is the co-author/designer of Knitting goes Large, Classic Knits for Men and Classic Knits for Real Women.

Author:  Martin Storey
Edition:  Paperback with flaps
Book format:  250 x 190 mm
Pages:  152 pages
Publication date:  December 2012
Publisher:  Rowan Yarns

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Martin Storey learned to knit as a child, taught by his primary school teacher, Mrs Cross.  His first knitting memory is making cotton dish cloths at Beeford Primary School and he can still recall the yellow and pink plastic needles and the dropped stitches.

His knitting has improved a bit since then!  In fact, his first ‘real’ knitting challenge was a Patricia Roberts cherries and grapes slipover (“a friend’s girlfriend had knitted him one and the only way I was going to own one was to knit it myself”, says Martin).  He did his degree in fashion textiles at Middlesex University (“I think that garment got me a place on the foundation course!”), included knitwear in his degree show and got headhunted by the famous knitwear company, Artwork, for whom he worked for fifteen years.

He regularly contributed designs to the Rowan magazine before being asked to design the Classic range for Rowan in 2001 and has been involved in knitwear designs for men, women, children, babies and homeware ever since.


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