Knitwear Design Workshop: The Comprehensive Guide to Handknits (Paperback)Shirley Paden (author)
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Most knitters, no matter how experienced, will quite willingly volunteer that most of the finished garments they have spent countless hours making have, more often than not, turned out differently than they had anticipated at the outset. The most concentrated area of dissatisfaction appears to be centered around proper fit. The problem is caused by insufficient understanding of commercial pattern instructions followed by a lack of attention to the details of making a meaningful test swatch, and is compounded by a lack of knowledge about taking proper body and/or garment measurements.
This book explores the various techniques involved in designing handknitted garments with a perfect individual fit. It is for handknitters at any level who want to go beyond blindly following commercial pattern instructions. The focus is on those knitters who would like to design their own traditional garments, those who want to design stunning works of wearable art, those who want to experiment with garment shaping, those who want to write commercial patterns, and those who simply want to understand and/or make minor modifications to commercial patterns. There are no prerequisites for using this book, nor is there any assumption of any level of design conversancy. Instead, beginning with the first chapter, you are guided through the different phases of the design process starting with the initial inspiration followed by a summary of the key design elements.
Every step of the design process is detailed and illustrated for clarity. Instructions for four garments illustrate the steps for designing and knitting garments that fit.
Previously published as Knitwear Design Workshop 9781596680869
Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 1172 g
Dimensions: 262 x 216 x 21 mm
Praise for the hardcover edition:
"Knitters usually begin with simpler items like scarves and move on to more complicated projects like sweaters. But once sweaters are mastered, many experienced knitters want to know how to design their own knitwear--and have it fit. There are a number of books that explain the mechanics and the math of designing sweaters. This one, too, examines commercial patterns, the intricacies and importance of measurement, and the result that comes with various yarns. But this book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume--spiral-bound inside sturdy covers--is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled. Four attractive projects are included as examples of the many techniques author Paden explains." - Ilene Cooper, Booklist
"First Reaction: Blown Away. If you're interested in sweater design, and want to understand everything, you need to look at this book. It's amazing. I have other design books in my library...but this one stands on its own." - KnittingScholar.com
"This is a comprehensive guide to getting an idea out of your head and into a knitting pattern. It's also a fantastic resource to use to alter an existing pattern to your specifications." - Knitty.com
"Add this to your essentials shelf, next to Barbara Walker and Nancy Wiseman. And make something fabulous." - Twist Collective blog
"The book's layout is very clean, clear and attractive, with high quality photos and diagrams, to keep the reader inspired and motivated. Paden writes succinctly and well, packing in a wealth of information." - Crochet Insider
"Captivating designs with flattering silhouettes." - Quick & Easy Crochet
"If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf." - Knitting Purls newsletter
"Easy-to-follow...Shirley Paden offers detailed techniques for achieving just the look and fit that are right for you." - Detroit News
"This book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume, spiral-bound inside sturdy covers, is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled." - Booklist
"If you've ever wanted to knit yourself a perfectly tailored and fitted sweater, this is the book for you. Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design." - Knitting Purls Newsletter
"Shirley Paden wants to empower you as a knitter to be the best you can be." - The Courier-News
"Paden delivers a graduate-level course for very serious knitters, using text, charts, annotated schematics, sketches, sidebars, mathematical conversion formulas--every aid at her considerable disposal--to explain the myriad ways of getting exactly the look you're after by marrying the right yarn and stitch pattern to the right silhouette and sleeve type. Exhaustive, comprehensive--mere adjectives don't begin to describe it so I'll stop trying. Paden is simply in a master class of her own." - Yarn Market News
"OMG...Just got Shirley Paden's new knitwear design book and I am totally in LOVE with it! Seriously! IN LOVE!" - Yarn Thing via Twitter
"Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design." - Knitcircus Magazine, Summer 2010
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