There’s no one else designing at the artful calibre of Alice Starmore. She’s been designing knitting patterns and written books for decades and yet every time a new one comes out I’m amazed at how she manages to completely top the previous one. Remember her Colourwork charts, her Tudor Roses, and her Aran knitting books? So you can guess I was very interested to learn that she had a brand new book full of incredible designs based from Scottish fables, called Glamourie.
Glamourie is filled with wearable art, and divided into two main sections – the first is filled with stories of Scottish legends by Alice’s daughter, Jade Starmore, who also took all the stunning photographs. Alice has designed intricate, incredible costumes that go with the fables, one-of-a-kind pieces that I look forward to oohing and aaahing over in a museum one day, they are that detailed, that incredible.
Below, from left to right: Costumes for The Hare, The Selkie, and The Calleach.
But let’s be real- there is a limited audience for knitted costumes. Which is why the book features photographs of the stunning costumes, but the pattern section features more wearable takes that are inspired by the costumes. For example, The Raven:
I doubt many of you are in need of a fully hooded Raven dress, but the poncho version has much more wearable drama. There are also patterns for a cardigan version, as well – you can customize the amount of ‘feathers’ you want, and can even leave them off entirely. I love the shaping at the sleeve cuffs, personally. There is a limit to the images I can share with you guys in this post (so many incredible details in the patterns, I have to be really careful not to accidentally show any part of the pattern pages online!), so I recommend you check out the cardigan versions on their original site.
There are 9 fables in the book, and 9 corresponding costumes which you can see here, but there are 13 patterns in the book – The Hare story has a pattern for both a cardigan and a hat, and many of the others have variations in the patterns that can give them entirely different looks. I particularly like the Damselfly cardigan (below) and the Otter pullover and its variations (one of which is shown below), as well as the Selkie cardigan, which I can imagine would look amazing in a million different colour combinations and gradient yarns.
This book is ideal for designers looking to incorporate more details into their knits to help them stand out, as well as anyone who thinks that knitting is ALWAYS a wearable art, and should be celebrated as such. I’ve had this book for a few weeks now, and I’m constantly going back to it, turning the pages and getting lost in the stories and details of this fantastic knitted universe that Alice and Jade Starmore have created. If there was a quintessential knitting coffee table book, this is it.
Dover Publications has very kindly offered a coupon code for 20% off a copy of Glamourie – follow the link and use code WRBT at checkout! If you have a birthday coming up, maybe send this link to someone who needs a gift idea for you? *wink wink*.
And they have generously offered to giveaway one copy to Knitted Bliss readers!
Entry for the giveaway will close on Saturday, March 10th at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 12th!
**This is a sponsored post from Dover Publications. All opinions are entirely my own.