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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596684887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596684881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What does no-sew knitting mean? At first casting on, some might equate it to top-down or side-to-side all-in-one needlework. With a more thorough look inside the book of former magazine-editor and design-contributor TenDyke, it involves all of the above—and more. (Although you still do have to block your finished work.) Her 20 women’s tops—boleros, sweaters, vest-hoodie, shrug, and cardigans—feature lots of lace and cables, pick-up stitches, binding off when completed, shaping during construction, plus other techniques to avoid the drudgery of assembly. Her sidebars feature generous how-to’s, such as how to join a casting and how to make box pleats; the patterns are replete with instructions—graphs, written directions, color photographs (note the plural), tips, and the like. Ninety-nine percent of this collection is devoted to great design; one could only wish she’d indicated, with icons, the level of difficulty. --Barbara Jacobs

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"Finish-Free Knits: No-Sew Garments in Classic Styles by Kristen TenDyke presents 20 knitwear designs from the well-known designer that lets the knitter 'off the hook'...or needle...for sewing, seaming and other finishing techniques." - Publishers Weekly


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Kristen TenDyke is a knit and crochet designer from Maine. She loves playing with yarn and has published designs in Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Twist Collective and Knitty.com. She also has designs published with various yarn companies such as Quince & Co., O-Wool, Berroco and Classic Elite Yarns.

In 2010 Kristen began a growing collection of self-published designs that are dedicated to supporting the use and production of eco-friendly yarns. Her Caterpillar Knits designs use organic, fair trade, low carbon footprint, recycled, animal friendly or vegan yarns that use low impact, natural dyes, or none at all. See more of Kristen's designs on www.kristentendyke.com and www.caterpillarknits.com

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I'm all for zero finishing when I can get away with it!
DeborahDarling
This book really has some innovative patterns in many different styles so you'll definitely find something you'll want to knit.
Camping101
All of the designs are beautiful, several feature innovative construction techniques.
Rebecca Zicarelli

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia McPherson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2012
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Most knitters have not only yarn stashes but stashes of almost finished sweaters and other projects that require blocking and seaming. It is knitting's dirty little secret: finishing is an art in itself, albeit a tedious one.

No Finish Knits provides not only lovely, useful patterns to make with creative construction techniques that require no seaming but provides them in good yarns that are either available or easily substituted. The patterns are classic and useful with wonderful lace and cable details and manage to incorporate current style trends while remaining classic. The designs are also good for all ages, being neither too old or too young. The construction techniques are astonishing and inspirational. Every pattern in this book deserves to be carefuly read, especially by budding or experienced designers. Not all of the techniques are easy, but they are all translatable to other designs. These are very useful construction techniques and deserve to be used more often. Perhaps not every garment can be totally seamless, but many garments can eliminate some seams resulting in a higher ratio of finished projects.

The instructions are clear and well written and include charts and schematics as well as written directions. The usual appendices of cast-ons, bind-offs and increased and decrease methods used in the projects are included as well. This book is a treasure trove and is in competition with Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges for my favorite knitting book of 2012. Beautiful, useful, instructional and inspirational.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julie Matthews on November 27, 2012
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If you love beautiful, truly creative sweater patterns, then you need to get this book. If you hate seaming hand-knitted sweaters, then you DEFINITELY need to get this book! Kristen TenDyke offers spectacular bulky yarn pullovers, lacy shrugs, classic cardigans, and much more. She's also developed some innovative techniques to provide unique shaping in no-sew designs. Finish-Free Knits is a great book!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Camping101 on December 22, 2012
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So many times finish free means just raglan sleeves and a basic garment. This book really has some innovative patterns in many different styles so you'll definitely find something you'll want to knit. I have many pages already tabbed in my copy and have one of the sweaters on the needles. Every pattern has detailed instructions, lots of diagrams and a measurement schematic--not just the basic measurements but what each section of the garment should measure which is really helpful. Also, there are photos of both fronts and backs along with close-up details like sleeve edgings, collars and button closures. Very useful book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. O'hara on January 20, 2013
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I tend to rate knitting books by a few criteria - how clear and understandable are the directions? how many of the designs would I actually contemplate making myself? and how unique are the designs - how many of them are something I haven't seen before? On all of these, this book rates quite well. Flipping through it, I saw many designs I wanted to make, and several that were unique and special. The directions also seem quite clear, and I see ways I can modify them to better fit my own figure. Overall, this is a good book and worth buying. I can see myself using it over the years, making different garments or modifying patterns to create my own looks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2013
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This book provides patterns that are both finish-free and beautiful. What a wonderful combination! There are so many I'd love to knit. There is the Ease Tank, "worked entirely with knit stitches (no purls!), a few decreases and a few buttonholes". The Bliss Tunic is one of my favorites. Knit in purple sportweight yarn, it incorporates cables, lace panels, wide ribs and garter stitch. It is absolutely stunning. The light orange Honor Pullover utilizes short rows to shape the ribbed collar and there is some waist shaping. This is a wear whenever sweater. The Grace Cardigan in green features side to side construction. "The sleeves and lower body are bordered with pearl brioche switch". The golden hued Trust Pullover is primarily knit in stockinette stitch. It is a casual sweater and looks quite warm.

Overall, I love this book. While there are a few patterns that don't call out to me, the majority are wonderful and I can't wait to give them a try.

As with all knitting books, I ask three questions:

Are the patterns easy to read?

Do I want to knit the patterns in the book?

Is the book a good resource.

I answered yes to all three questions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Purlhawk on January 19, 2013
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Like most knitters, finishing is not my favorite part of a knitting project. This book has projects where I don't need to worry if the seams look goofy. The projects range from simple to elegant. I had a bit of trouble envisioning what I had to do with the hoodie, but I just blame that on my being left-handed: sometimes I need a picture drawn for me. All the projects in the book are "possibles." I can do them. Although I have been knitting for 42 years, there are some things I've never been adventurous enough to try. I will now with some of the patterns in Finish-Free Knits. Kudos to Kristen TenDyke.
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