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The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns Spiral-bound – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; 1ST edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499439
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Ann Budd frees a knitter to pick up any yarn and create a custom garment...Sounds handy to me." - Knitters Magazine

"This, my friends, is the Better Home and Gardens of sweater pattern books... It's a book worth reading and absorbing." - Knitter's Review

"Easy-to-read instructions... Great for anyone who wants to design their own garment...a very valuable resource." - Knitting News

"The bible for those who are beginning to design their own sweaters." - Knitting.AllInfoAbout.com

"You will love this book... This could easily be the last sweater pattern book you will buy." - Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot

"With this book, if you can dream it you can knit it." - Planet Purl

About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


More About the Author

Ann Budd is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book series, Simple Style, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and a coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style, all published by Interweave Press. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her website and blog at www.annbuddknits.com.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended, even for beginning knitters.
T. Howe
If you are tired of knitting from patterns and want to branch out into your own designs, this is the book you need to help you get started!
K. Hansen
This is great for basic sweaters, but can be used as a base for more creative design elements.
Pamela Mulla

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

160 of 160 people found the following review helpful By sfknitter on August 2, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I know many (I for one) are happy this highly anticipated book came out earlier than the stated release date and it is even more packed with so much good information than Ann Budd's first book of ...Handy Book of Knitting Patterns. Some initial good points about the book: many sweater "palettes" are presented, there's many side points within each section - like how to convert a yarn gauge of yours that isn't included in the book to one that is compatible to a gauge, there's eighteen sweaters knitted up in different yarns that are shown in clear photos, different styles of necks, sleeves, bodies are set out and explained, and! so much more! And for those familiar with the first book - there is an even nicer (deeper) inside pocket provided. The same spiral format is kept which will help in your designing/decision making of your sweater(s). Don't let the higher price point scare you away - the information in this great book more than makes up for the cost.
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133 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
I love Ann Budd's first book "The Handy Book of Knitting Patterns" which are small patterns such as gloves, hats, mittens, scarves and vests. Most people asked for a sweater book to follow, with basic patterns in all sizes, from kids to big adults. Here it is.

You can take a raglan, a cardigan, a drop sleeve pullover or many other traditional styles like yoke-sweaters and knit either the basic pattern shown, or embellish it with your own texture, color or lace stitches. Ideas are given how to do the modifications.

The book is spiral bound with hard board covers, and an elastic band to mark your place. This is the kind of book that never leaves the knitting bag, and in particular if you go shopping to add yarn to your "stash", this book could assist you in visualizing projects and more importantly, buying the right amount of yarn. That way, when you pull the yarn from storage on a cold winter day when you want to start something new, you will have pattern, yarn and ideas all handy, thanks to this book. A real winner, and absolutely a great gift if you know any new knitters.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By K. Hansen on March 18, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
If you are tired of knitting from patterns and want to branch out into your own designs, this is the book you need to help you get started! It picks up where _The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns_ left off, including several different types of sweater construction, finishing ideas, necklines and collar types. Ann Budd explains the concept of ease, how to design shaping, and how to get a custom fit. The sample patterns provide a good source of inspiration for how you can use these "recipes" to make a unique garment. Highly recommended!
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100 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Josefiney on January 3, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I was excited to get this book because I already own and love Ann Budd's previous book, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I was dismayed to find shaping absent from all the patterns in this volume, which is the trickiest part of sweater design. I like fitted sweaters, but these instructions are only for basic, unshaped sweaters.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A. Bish on September 17, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I've a;ways been the type of knitter who has felt that if it is going to look like something I got at TJ MAXX then why go through the trouble and expense of handknitting it. I want my sweaters to be unique one of a kind creations full of my personal touches. My close friend on the other hand wants her handknits to look like she got them from Lands End (of Land of Conservative I'd say). We both love this book! I think she is ordering her own copy right now after keeping mine for three weeks. Using this book we can both end up with sweaters that fit, but with our own personal touches. You need to have this book in your knitting library, whether you already have 100 books or you only have one.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By T. Howe on September 1, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is great-there are so many different options that I did not even no where to begin! This book is also very easy to use-no "complicated" equations, just straight-forward direction. At the same time, there is a lot of room for personalizing sweaters so you really do have creative control over the designs. This book is great for someone just starting out in designing sweaters, and gives you a feel for how sweaters are put together. Using this book first and knitting up the designs made it much easier to understand the more advanced design books out there. Great for anyone who wants to add personal touches to their sweaters without doing all the designing from scratch - yet also a good first step in the process of learning sweater design. Highly recommended, even for beginning knitters. If you can read a pattern, you can use this book!!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Mulla on August 31, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
It is a great book. I already have her previous book which was a broader based group of patterns. Here, she hones her skills with sweater patterns in a number of common styles, for a number of sizes in a number of gauges. Little work is needed to work the pattern. This is great for basic sweaters, but can be used as a base for more creative design elements.

I used this on my knitting machine to knit a basic sweater in a fabulous yarn. I see a lot of use for this book. The patterns include pullovers and cardigans for adults and children.

The spiral format is user friendly: it stays open, props up easily, and has a place in the back to keep swatches and notes.
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