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Knitting from the Top Paperback – February, 1996
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Beginners, take note - this book assumes that you know how to cast on, cast off, increase, decrease, etc. If still unfamiliar with basic techniques, you will need another intro book.
One thing you can do is check the length while trying it on. Yes, you can do this. Put the unfinished stitches on a strand of yarn and slip the sweater over your head (or the head of the recipient.) You will quickly see how much more you need to knit, or whether you should add "short rows" (extra half rows that add a bit of ease) to cover a tummy or get rid of the dreaded riding up in the back. The book has methods for saddle shoulder sweaters (easy the top down way), raglan, drop sleeves, etc.
The book also has great methods for doing leggings, tights, skirts and other items you might want to knit but don't know how to. With a simple gauge-and-circumference technique you can make nearly any garment for anyone.
This is a revised edition. The original had some very dated 70's patterns and the new edition has been modernized.
But the gains very much so outweigh the temporary inconveniences.
This book contains the information that you need to make well fitting garments. It also contains many very useful tips and tricks. However, this is not a book for beginners. In addition the book is very chatty and in my opinion not very organized. If you are a persons who likes to follow charts and diagrams, you may find the book frustrating. The information you need is contained in the book, but you may have to read carefully to find what you are looking for.
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There is a lot of great information in this book. It's worth taking the time to understand it and experiment with it.Published 4 months ago by Susan Akmentin
Barbara Walker is brilliant! She makes designing knitwear so accessible! This is one of the greatest knitting books ever written, so if you knit, buy it!Published 7 months ago by Planet Marcel
This is a knitting classic that no knitter should be without. Barbara G. Walker is a genius and excellent teacher -- even through her writing.Published 8 months ago by Marianna Brough
Very beautiful book with clear explanation for top-down knitting.Published 8 months ago by Cliente Kindle
Boring. Boring. Boring. I KNOW she's the queen of knitting and that I'll catch flack for it, but I found this to be a real snore, which makes it not helpful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Skabberdink
I though this book was going to be patterns from Top down, it is a teaching book instead, I know how to do top down and was disappointed in the book too much reading!Published 9 months ago by Ralph
It's an older book, but full of the information I needed. You can tell it's been used well, but that doesn't bother me, because I intend to use it the same way.to me, knitting . . Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mary Falls