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  • Hardcover-spiral: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Spi edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680869
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 10 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Knitters usually begin with simpler items like scarves and move on to more complicated projects like sweaters. But once sweaters are mastered, many experienced knitters want to know how to design their own knitwear—and have it fit. There are a number of books that explain the mechanics and the math of designing sweaters. This one, too, examines commercial patterns, the intricacies and importance of measurement, and the result that comes with various yarns. But this book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume—spiral-bound inside sturdy covers—is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled. Four attractive projects are included as examples of the many techniques author Paden explains. --Ilene Cooper

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"Knitters usually begin with simpler items like scarves and move on to more complicated projects like sweaters. But once sweaters are mastered, many experienced knitters want to know how to design their own knitwear--and have it fit. There are a number of books that explain the mechanics and the math of designing sweaters. This one, too, examines commercial patterns, the intricacies and importance of measurement, and the result that comes with various yarns. But this book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume--spiral-bound inside sturdy covers--is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled. Four attractive projects are included as examples of the many techniques author Paden explains." - Ilene Cooper, Booklist

"First Reaction: Blown Away. If you're interested in sweater design, and want to understand everything, you need to look at this book. It's amazing. I have other design books in my library...but this one stands on its own." - KnittingScholar.com

"This is a comprehensive guide to getting an idea out of your head and into a knitting pattern. It's also a fantastic resource to use to alter an existing pattern to your specifications." - Knitty.com

"Add this to your essentials shelf, next to Barbara Walker and Nancy Wiseman. And make something fabulous." - Twist Collective blog

"The book's layout is very clean, clear and attractive, with high quality photos and diagrams, to keep the reader inspired and motivated. Paden writes succinctly and well, packing in a wealth of information." - Crochet Insider

"Captivating designs with flattering silhouettes." - Quick & Easy Crochet

"If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf." - Knitting Purls newsletter

"Easy-to-follow... Shirley Paden offers detailed techniques for achieving just the look and fit that are right for you." - Detroit News

"This book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume, spiral-bound inside sturdy covers, is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled." - Booklist

"If you've ever wanted to knit yourself a perfectly tailored and fitted sweater, this is the book for you. Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design." - Knitting Purls Newsletter

"5 out of 5 Stars. This 343 page oversized book is outstanding!" - Knitting News

"If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf." - Knitting Purls Newsletter

"This priceless information is a gem for any knitter's library." - Machine Knitting Monthly

"Shirley Paden wants to empower you as a knitter to be the best you can be." - The Courier-News

"Paden delivers a graduate-level course for very serious knitters, using text, charts, annotated schematics, sketches, sidebars, mathematical conversion formulas--every aid at her considerable disposal--to explain the myriad ways of getting exactly the look you're after by marrying the right yarn and stitch pattern to the right silhouette and sleeve type. Exhaustive, comprehensive--mere adjectives don't begin to describe it so I'll stop trying. Paden is simply in a master class of her own." – Yarn Market News

"OMG...Just got Shirley Paden's new knitwear design book and I am totally in LOVE with it! Seriously! IN LOVE!" - Yarn Thing via Twit


More About the Author

Shirley Paden

As an internationally recognized hand knitwear designer, Shirley Paden's designs and articles have appeared in magazines such as Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Vogue Knitting, Knitters, Family Circle, and Knit it! as well as in the collections of leading yarn companies. She has taught and lectured on various aspects of hand knitting and crochet over the past 18 years. In her book, Knitwear Design Workshop, she brings to life, in print, her most popular class, Knitwear Design, for all those who want to explore designing their own garments or altering commercial patterns. Shirley has been featured on HGTV and Knitting Daily TV as well as in designer interviews in the leading knitting magazines. The British magazine The Knitter has listed her in their "Who's Who in North American Knitting." She is also the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits located in New York City where she designs an exclusive line of custom hand knit clothing.

Customer Reviews

Shirley Paden is an excellent knitwear designer.
patti
I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource for design and pattern modification as well as complete pattern design.
Bonnie Brody
And the spiral binding allows the book to lay flat!
mishi2x

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

162 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Cat Bordhi on February 26, 2010
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I've admired Shirley Padden's stunning designs for years and have hoped she might someday publish a collection. Instead she has done something better: meticulously and comprehensively laid out her procedures for designing carefully fitted and beautiful garments. This book not only guides the reader step by step through all that is necessary to produce original designs, but also offers a backstage glimpse into the thinking process of a gifted designer.

The publisher has gone to the extra expense of binding the book with an enclosed spiral binding, which allows the pages to lie perfectly flat. Many knitters prefer this and take their books to Kinko's for a spiral binding, which unfortunately involves amputating the spine. Knitwear Design Workshop, by contrast, has a strong and decorative spine so it can be found in a bookcase.

This 343-page book is essentially a textbook for knitwear design. Every classic silhouette is each presented with detailed reproducible worksheets, schematics, and measurement instructions to insure success, with sleeve, cuff, neckline, collar and edging variations offered in a separate section. Practical suggestions include comparing your detailed body measurements to the detailed measurements of a knitted garment of similar weight and texture (my suggestion: if you don't have an appropriate garment, go shopping until you find one to try on, then lay it on a clean cloth in the changing room and measure it carefully) to discover exactly how much ease you want exactly where (and there is a worksheet for recording each individual ease measurement).
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Julie Benac on March 2, 2010
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I have been eagerly awaiting Ms. Paden's book ever since I heard it was being released, and now that I have it in my hands, I am not disappointed in the least. This is a complete reference on knitwear design, lacking almost nothing on the subject.

First and foremost, Ms. Paden presents the idea that we are creating FABRIC with knitwear design. The fabric that is made has it's own properties and characteristics; not just shaping and overall silhouette. This approach is similar to the dressmaker/sewer, who also works with a specific fabric in mind.

Ms. Paden begins at the beginning; that all design begins with the gauge swatch, and for the first time in all of my reading on the subject, she breaks down in a LOGICAL way all the math and how it corresponds directly to the gauge swatch. For example, the total yardage requirement for a sweater design is calculated by the total area of each garment piece (makes sense! I suspected this all along, but didn't quite know how to go about it...now I do), and how many "gauge swatches" will "fit" in the total area of the garment. Knowing the amount of yardage used in the gauge swatch can then be carried out to the entire garment. The entire design process is presented as a series of mathematical calculations that when broken down into logical steps, make perfect sense to even math-haters.

Garment shaping is also broken down into sections. For instance, different neckline styles (as well as many other garment areas) are actually graphed out so you can SEE the shape of the garment changing with increases and decreases. Ms. Paden makes graph paper the designer's friend; not the enemy, and makes the whole process easy to visualize and execute.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2010
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Knitwear Design Workshop bills itself as 'A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits'. It is published by Interweave Press, a very reputable publisher that also puts out Interweave Knits Magazine, my favorite knitting magazine.

I think that this book is a very valuable resource for the intermediate and experienced knitter. However, is a too difficult for a beginning knitter.

The book covers a wide range of topics, all essential for designing knitwear: design planning, ways to select fabric, pullovers, cardigans, skirts and dresses, armhole shaping, sleeves and cuffs, necklines and collars, finishing techniques. It also includes projects.

I am working on a project now that I need to modify and this book is perfect to help me redesign what I'm working on so I can get just what my friend wants in a neckline.

I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource for design and pattern modification as well as complete pattern design. Some of the projects included in the back of the book are also beautiful, especially the Twist Flowers Pullover and the Pea Coat.

The only caveat I have for the book is that it is not for the beginning knitter. Otherwise, it is a wonderful resource.

Bonnie Brody, February 26, 2010
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By sg on March 11, 2010
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How long we knitters have waited for the magnificent textbook Shirley Paden has worked so long and hard to producE !!

I am not, nor ever will be a knitwear designer, but with the help of this book, I can not only use commercial patterns more constructively, I can check them for accuracy and modify them easily. Ms. Paden gives you the techniques and the mathematical formulas needed to chart patterns so if you already have a commercial one, you can check it easily by charting it to confirm that there are no errors and/or you can adjust it to match your gauge and your personal body measurements.

Granted it may not be the first book a beginning knitter might want to buy, nevertheless, many of the techniques should be taught early to all knitters so that they do not stumble blindly for years, and only later, learn what they could have mastered in the first place. And those who criticize this for not being aimed at beginning knitters could be asked, "Where are the books to assist more advanced knitters in improving their techniques ? Have there ever been any that come even remotely close to serving those of us who have been knitting for years ?"

I ask Ms. Paden to please begin work on Volume 2 to address many of the topics that simply could not fit in her first volume and which, if included, might have made the book too heavy to lift ! And please do make the second volume spiral-bound so that it too can be laid flat and kept open without the binding eventually breaking as with traditionally bound books that one has to weigh down in order that they be read hands-free...many readers like to knit and read at the same time.

In conclusion, congratulations and thank you very much, Shirley Paden !
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