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Custom Knits: Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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About the Author
Wendy Bernard’s work has been featured in the online pages of Knitty and Stitch Diva Studios, in the book No Sheep for You, and in Interweave Knits and Knitscene magazines. She lives in Thousand Oaks, California.
Kimball Hall is a Los Angelesbased photographer with 25 years of editorial and advertising experience. Among his clients are Four Seasons Hotel, American Express, and Bank of America.
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Top Customer Reviews
One of my favorite things is that each design comes with suggestions for things you can do to personalize it, and, the designs themselves? I think they're lovely. In fact, there's not a single one that I did NOT like, even if I'm not itching to pick up my needles and knit every single one of them.
The final chapter is one of my favorites. It's titled "Unleash Your Inner Designer" and then breaks down the structure of the different top-down designs ... what you need to do a raglan for top down, what you do to do a set-in sleeve from top down-all the math and the schematics necessary. Not to mention a very nice section of instructions on what to do to change a neckline, or the depth of an armhole, to make a design more personal.
This, I think, is my favorite part of this book-that it not only has nice designs, but that the author thoughtfully spells out what you need to do to make the sweaters more "you." She gives you good designs, and then gives you the tools you need to take them to another level-tacit permission to PLAY, instead of trying to make sure you never vary from the designs she gave you.
Really, about the only thing I DIDN'T like was that there was no index or listing of patterns, making it tricky to find a specific one later on.
Great job Wendy!! I can't wait for more.
Also, as some other readers have written, there's a wonderful section at the end of the book for creating your own projects to your specifications. Maybe I will be brave and set my own sleeves in the round into some of those Interweave Knits patterns.
Anyway, I love top-down knitting, and I'm always looking for inspiration. The book has a couple of things to really recommend it. One is the section on how to make your own dress form. That was great. And the back of the book where the author explains how to design your own sweaters is almost worth the price of the book.
My main problem with the book was the designs. I don't really have the desire to knit any of them. They look ill-fitting on the models. Now, the author mentions in the beginning of the book that they were knit without knowing what size the models were. I've seen other authors make the same claim. Well, sorry, but that doesn't fly. It's your book, and I know I don't know much about publishing, but the pictures make or break the book. I would hope that authors would be able to have more input. Because knitters have been taught by Maggie Righetti to look suspiciously at pictures in which the model is standing funny, trying to hide parts of the sweater, etc. And a word from the designer saying that the models weren't the size intended for the sweaters doesn't help.
Some of the sweaters looked OK on the models, but just were not my cup of tea. But most of the set-in sleeve sweaters had this weird bulging under the arms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With the techniques this book covers you can design your own pullovers and cardigans. I love not having to seam my clothing!Published 11 months ago by Kathy Andres
Awsome book! The author gives clear directions for creating your own pattern and has a wonderful sense of humor as well. Read morePublished 13 months ago by rhhb
After borrowing this book repeatedly from my library, I decided it was time to buy. I love the helpful options for making modifications. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Connie A
I have to work into the book as it is a little advanced for me. I'm sure I'll beable to master it given time. Beautiful patterns and helpful advice.Published 17 months ago by Barbara J. Borkowski
Wendy is a very talented designer. There is so much information in this book - it will be great making my own patterns to fit.Published 20 months ago by L.Davis
I bought this book because I love to knit and it got lots of five-star ratings. I was disappointed for a few reasons. Read morePublished 24 months ago by globalcook