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Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges Hardcover-spiral – August 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Spi edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596684836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596684836
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Ann Budd's previous title, "Sock Knitting Master Class" ..".the patterns! Beautiful, yet functional stitch designs and fun colors. This is a complete book." - "CraftGossip.com" "Some features I particularly like in the book: each pattern has a box listing the different techniques used in the pattern; An overview of different styles of creating parts of the sock, such as a few different heel types, toes, and cuff treatments; both top-down and toe-up construction techniques; a handy DVD in the back. If you are looking for some great new sock patterns or just looking to get started knitting socks, this book is sure to have what you need." - "A Woolie Tale yarn shop" "You think you already know everything there is to know about socks? After all, there are a multitude of sock books on the market these days, perfectly good books. You know everything. Except...do you really? Most (though not all) sock books I own are either filled with patterns with not a whole lot of time spent on technique, or they're full of guidance but with blah patterns. Of course, some do hit the balance between pattern and technique. Some are fairly exhaustive, in fact, and you may already have them on your shelves. But...they're not THIS book. First, this book is by Ann Budd, a genius in our time..."Master Class" is the right name!" - "KnittingScholar.com" "It's not often that I scoop a book from the top of the review pile and take it home with me, and it's even less common for me to sit down and read it right away. But with sock knitting on my mind, I was intrigued, so last night I sat down to peruse this over a cup of tea. I was absolutely delighted to see that the first chapter of the book is devoted to explaining the whys and wherefores of sock construction. Top-down or toe-up? She's got it covered. Heel flap, short row or afterthought heel? Ditto. Want to choose from a pointed toe, a spiral or star toe, or a toe band? She's got your back with that, too.

About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of Sock Knitting Master Class, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style. She is also the 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.

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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Cultured Purl on August 11, 2012
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I am a knitter who knits in the round more often than not, and I was truly anxious for this book to come out.
It did not disappoint, In fact this book is even BETTER than I had imagined!
Why???
Because with all the numbers in this book of sweaters , one can knit sweaters from from a toddler/ child size to a mans size 54!

Additionally,,,what is included in this book are quite a few really pretty patterns for women that were designed outside the numbers box, that are so darn cute that I want to make most of them ( this is NOT a usual thing in pattern books for me)

These designs are good for any age women,, as a side note, I am on the light side of my 50's but my DIL's saw them and liked them also, I think that the difference may come down to fit b/c I do not like negative ease whereas they do~
My personal preferences is 2 inches of ease,not much more than that.
These garments are NOT negative ease garments BTW, but can easily be knit that way if desired~and I will do just that for any design and yarn they happen to pick out for Christmas gifts for them.

There are 300 patterns in this book that are top down knit in the round,,,THEN,( quote) " add in the cardigan options and you've got 600 possibilities, without counting neckline, edging ,color and stitch pattern variations". (!!)

How great is that for those of us that like well fit top down knitting??
I am not kdding you,,this book makes me VERY happy as a knitter!

This means I can knit for EVERY member of the family in any style from seamless yoke, raglan, set in sleeves or saddle shoulder sweaters! Additionally there are some directions for those of us who do like to steek our cardigans .
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia McPherson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 9, 2012
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Wow is my first response to Ann Budd's new book of top down sweater patterns. I own Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, so I was familiar with the amount and type of information in these guides but I was still impressed.

Budd reviews four basic types of top down sweater construction Seamless Yoke, Raglan, Saddle Shoulder and Set-In Sleeve. Each style has several patterns made in this style and all of the patterns are attractive. The only possible criticism here is that there are no patterns for men or children, even though the book includes metrics for both children's and men's garments for each style. The book then includes proportions and metrics for each style of sweater in a range of sizes for men, women and children based on guage and stitches per inch. This makes things very easy for the prospective designer or knitter. Want to make a sweater out of those ten skeins that have been in your stash for years? Make a guage swatch and find your stitches per inch - the charts will then provide how many stitches to cast on and how, when and where to increase with a stitch count for every step in every guage in yarns from fingering weight to super bulky. Sweater proportions are also reviewed for each style and each size. How long are sleeves? How long is the body of the sweater? The neck hole? The armhole and arm skyce? It is all here for every size and every guage in every style.

Nor are these metrics and proportions limited to just plain colors or styles. Lace and color work have been addressed not only in the patterns provided as part of this lovely book but in theory as well.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Staff TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 18, 2012
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Top-Down Sweaters is my third (and clearly my favorite) of Ann Budd's "knitter's handy" books. My first, purchased years ago, showed me clearly how easy it is to design or adjust a sweater design for any person, any type and gauge of yarn. Hooray! But this book explains even more. Here's my take on "Top-Down Sweaters:"

PROS:

1. When I use one of my Ann Budd "handy" books, I know I'll have a book that lays flat, so I don't have to weigh down the pages. I wish more publishers would print their books with spiral bound pages and a hard-back cover.

2. There are many lovely designs in this book with plenty of ways to change them to make the garment you've been dreaming of.

3. Techniques abound. But this is more of a "learn by doing" book than a strictly technique book. I've been wondering how to work the caps of sleeves on a sweater I'm now knitting. I want to have the sleeves knitted in but wasn't quite sure if I could do this with a set-in sleeve. Now I know how! (HINT: Think short rows.)

4. I'm in love with the coral cardigan on the cover, but I'm not fond of raglan sweaters because that style makes my shoulders look narrow. Using her easy instructions, I can adapt the color and stitch to make myself a cardigan with saddle sleeves rather than the raglan I do not like.

5. Tips are offered throughout the book. As a new spinner, I was pleased to learn that knitting in the round is perfect for hand spun yarn because the imperfections are spread throughout the garment rather than appearing in ugly clumps.

6. Paper is nice and heavy. Photographs are clear, bright, and colorful. I couldn't ask for a better prepared book!

CONS:

None. This is a terrific addition to my knitting library.
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