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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059798X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597985
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is possible to go through the whole process of making a sweater, only to find that it doesn’t fit quite right. Ohrenstein guides readers through making sweaters that fit, deflating common fears along the way. She doesn’t just want you to follow instructions; she wants you to grasp the technique of how sweaters are constructed, with the idea that once you understand the concept, you can alter, customize, and even change the project to suit your fit and style. This is not for beginners but, rather, for crocheters who want to take their craft to the next level in combining creativity with technical construction. Included are 10 sweater designs with alterations. Each pattern includes discussion of technique and lessons, with emphasis on understanding how the garment is put together and including helpful side notes. Challenge yourself under the caring guidance of this designer, writer, teacher, and professional singer (also author of Crochet Insider’s Passion for Fashion, 2008, and Creating Crochet Fabric, 2010, and founder-editor of crochetinsider.com). --Lani Smith

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“Crocheting a sweater can seem daunting. There's the problem of matching gauge, getting a nicely draping fabric, knowing what size to make, and getting it to fit just right. Designer Dora Ohrenstein understands this, and in Custom Crocheted Sweaters, she takes the crocheter step-by-step through an overview of sweater construction, incluing understanding fit, reading patterns, and schematics, and shaping, altering, and finishing.” --Crochet! Magazine

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Custom Crochet Sweaters by Dora Ohrenstein is one of those books.
Tanis Galik
There are some fabulous sweaters in this book & I can't wait to get started on the first one.
sureen
If you are serious about make a beautiful, well fit, well done sweater, this book is for you.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amy Gulley on December 22, 2011
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This book it the very best sweater book. It goes into such great detail plus tells you how to make any crochet sweater how you want it. how to meausure and count rows to make any sweater fit perfect and change it to make it perfect!!! Plus it also shows you how to design a sweater and its so imformative and easy to understand. And gave me the confidence to make a sweater!! I hope dora ohrenstein keeps on writing crochet books I will buy all of them!! If you are scared to make a crocheted sweater buy this book it gives you all the tools you need to make beautiful sweaters in all sizes!!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Charles D. Voth on February 19, 2012
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This book on crocheted garments to fit custom measurements is truly one of the most timely manuals for crocheters. With the renaissance of crochet on the runways of Paris, Milan, and New York, and elsewhere, and even in some ready-to-wear pieces, crochet that is flattering, delicate, and elegant has arrived back in the limelight. Dora Ohrenstein has penned a valuable resource for crocheters who aren't interested in sifting through similar books written for knitters to figure out what to do in crochet. Besides, crochet's unique architecture and behaviour with yarns consisting of different fibres that don't work up the same way knitting does require the specific treatment and discussion of crochet fabric and how it fits the body.
While some say this book is not for beginners, I would argue that it is essential for beginners to read this. Dora's pedagogical writing style is not stuffy, nor difficult to understand. Her voice clearly comes out through the text and her patience, and step by step instructions take many if not most of the misgivings a beginner might have and make them fade away.
I am tired of hearing how crocheters are afraid to try new things, that knitters are braver and more inquisitive...posh! Custom Crocheted Sweaters is a book that meets the needs of those crocheters who have been looking for answers to questions about fit and fashion for the last few decades and have come up empty and frustrated in their search. And any person new to the craft and art of crochet will have the benefit that they won't have to wait for decades to find out how to turn out a finished piece that fits them and makes them satisfied with their efforts and time investment.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Edmonds Kathy on December 27, 2011
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My copy of Dora's latest book arrived today. I have taken two of Dora's online classes and have all of her previous books. For anyone serious about creating beautiful crochet garments that fit.....Dora's books are a must have.
Every sweater in this book is a classic. I am most impressed with the early sections that truly walk the student through the sweater construction process. Each sweater focuses on a technique that will have carry over to all the future items a crocheter might create. I can hardly wait to work my way through the book creating each item.
Kudos to Dora...may she never stop creating!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on February 17, 2012
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(Full disclosure: I received a review copy from Lark Crafts to review on my blog.)

Like most crocheters, I've been waiting a long time for a book like this. Although I personally have little interest in actually making a sweater, I would love to have a greater understanding of how to make a crocheted sweater that fits and looks great.

Knitters have (seemingly) thousands of books about sweater designs. On the other hand, until January, crocheters seemed to have Modular Crochet: A Revolutionary New Method for Creating Custom-Design Pullovers (out-of-print and for sale on Amazon for $50-$260) and the first section of Couture Crochet Workshop (also selling for $100-$300 on Amazon). (Yes, there are many crochet books of sweater patterns, and some even include tips on fitting and customization, but few seem to be primarily designed to teach the reader to design and customize her/his own sweaters.)

As soon as I heard that Dora Ohrenstein was working on Custom Crocheted Sweaters, I began eagerly anticipating its release. Surprisingly, the book actually managed to live up to my high expectations.

Structure
The book opens with a 42 page overview of sweater design, divided into these sections:

The Art and Craft of Making Garments,
Overview of Sweater Construction,
Choosing Yarns,
Measuring Your Body,
Understanding Fit,
Demystifying Patterns,
Reading Schematics,
Shaping and Alteration 101, and
Finishing with Care.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By carol on May 16, 2012
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I have been working on the shrug hug and so far have found several errors. If I followed the way the directions call for this sweater would not be shaped the way it should, especially on row 13. I am going to try and work it out so that the stitches are even in both sleeves as the v stitch is left out entirely on the back side of the first sleeve and the sleeve stitches are done twice on one side. Makes not a lot of sense. Was also a error in the begining of the sweater. Hard to follow. I would like to have corrections sent so I can finish it.
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