Aran Design

Rita Taylor
Aran knitwear is instantly recognisable, respectfully fashionable and generously comfortable. With a long-treasured heritage steeped in Irish history, it is no surprise that most knitters express a wish to produce an Aran knit at some time in their creative life. This book delves into the history and heritage of this popular style, offering traditional designs and patterns, whilst providing inspiration for contemporary and innovative adaptations. Written for the dedicated knitter, Aran Design: The Creative Knitter's Handbook offers a unique insight into the trends and techniques associated with the style. This beautifully illustrated book includes: the history of Aran knitting; recommended materials and equipment; a dictionary of stitches; how to plan an initial design; working out the numbers for a project and finishing tips and techniques. It is invaluable reading for all who wish to learn more about Aran knitting.
Aran Design by Rita Taylor

About the author

Rita Taylor is a self-taught knitter who has been designing for more than twenty-five years. Having cultivated a lifelong interest in traditional knitting styles and their social history, she is passionate about preserving and promoting traditional skills and heritage crafts. As a keen cyclist and artist, she gets much inspiration for her work from the countryside around her. Author of six previous books on knitting and crochet techniques, Rita's designs are regularly featured in top knitting magazines such as Knit Now and The Knitter.

Press Reviews

Knitters, designers and technical editors will all find much to interest and inspire them in this fascinating book. the depth and breadth of research into the story of aran is remarkable and the beautiful designs will no doubt prompt a frenzy of casting on! Everything you need for your first aran creation is right here too. A treasure trove of a book.

- Rose Woodland, former editor of The Knitter and Knit Today