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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680287
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits is a new book out by Andra Knight-Bowman. If you like knitting sweaters, you will enjoy this book of 19 patterns. Many are simple yet striking and all have little to no finishing. The sweaters and one dress range from sizes small to 2x. The skill level is easy to experienced. Andra has patterns that build from the bottom up, top down and side to side.

The photographs are large and easy to see the nuances of each pattern. Some of the patterns are simple garter, stockinette and reverse stockinette. There are also cable, entrelac and textured designs.

All the designs are given girls names. Patti is an easy quick to knit cardigan with a small seam at the underarm. It is a simple long sleeved "V" neck closed by three buttons close together, just below the "V". Deb is also an easy pattern. It is a smart looking simple garter-stitch sleeveless vest, with a collar and one button closure. I have also seen this pattern of hers in a doll size version. Another quick knit is Perri, a tunic-length vest. This is worked side by side in the knit stitch.

The patterns range from sporty to casual and dressy. There are sweaters for all four seasons. Whether this is your first sweater or you have a closet full of handmade sweaters, you will find yourself taking a second look at these patterns.

Especially if finishing work is not your style, this one is for you. --Paula Moliver, Hartford Knitting Examiner

About the Author

Andra Knight-Bowman learned to knit at the age of seven in a small farming community in Ohio. After marrying the man of her dreams and moving to Tennessee, she was so inspired by the scenery, mountains, and changing seasons that she found herself knitting and designing constantly. She is now the owner of her own shop, Knits & Pearls, which she opened in 2004. She thrives on helping her students discover the joys of knitting.


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Can't wait to start knitting!!
Barb G.
I was pleasantly surprised at the fresh fun projects in this collection that actually appear to fit and flatter.
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The directions are so very easy to follow.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Doreen L. Marquart on August 7, 2011
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There are several designs that I would like to make from this book. While some of the designs have more stitch detail to them, the majority are rather basic and sure not to go out of style too quikly. There are a few charts but written instructions are also given for those who are intimidated by charts. Great size range. I would have liked to have yardage amounts included though rather than just listing the total number of skeins used for each size. Substituting yarn is sometimes a necessity and it would be much easier if yardages were listed.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Barb G. on June 7, 2011
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It's got an attractive layout with large photos and clear, easy-to-read instructions plus schematics. The projects are relatively easy but still look very interesting, and are probably fun to knit as well. Many of them have some twists and turns to avoid seams that look like a bit of a challenge, but there is one garter stitch vest a beginner could tackle easily and a skilled knitter could probably make in a weekend or two. There are lots of easy and intermediate cable designs and a beautiful pullover that makes great use of self-striping yarn. There's even a basic entrelac piece. Can't wait to start knitting!!
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Great book! 19 projects, all with minimal seaming, but a variety of looks and styles. There are sweaters and vests (even a dress thrown in), in sizes from small to 2X, and everything from basic garter stitch and stockinette, to cables and entrelac. Styles are grouped by 'top down', 'bottom up', and 'side to side'. Most are made with medium (worsted or #4) weight yarn, with a few in light (#3) and bulky (#5) weights. Styles are classic, but not boring -- stylish, but not so much that they are out of style before you finish knitting them.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Barlow on August 29, 2011
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I'm a sucker for seamless sweaters, and although I'm a relatively new knitter (knitting for about a year now), I've got a lot of books on seamless knitting. This is my favorite so far. The variety in the patterns is great, and the instructions are some of the clearest I've ever seen. I especially love the side-to-side sweaters. It's a construction I've never seen before, and I'm really excited to try it. (I've cast on for one, but I've barely gotten started, so can't say how the finished project will look.) I have almost finished the Robin sweater (which is a bottom-up construction), and it's turned out great. It looks so much more complicated than it is.

Something that's different in this book vs. other sweater knitting books I've read is that there is no waist shaping on any of the sweaters. That may be a disadvantage for some knitters who like their sweaters more fitted. However, I'm beginning to think that at least for me, worsted-weight projects look better without the waist shaping. It probably depends a lot both on your personal taste and your body type. (I'm petite and curvy, and I feel like the the waist shaping makes worsted-weight sweaters look more bulky on me.)

I will definitely be making more patterns from this book. And I might use the side-to-side sweater idea to do a little designing of my own. These sweaters are based on a front and back panel, each of which is knit side-to-side, then joined at the shoulders with a 3-needle bind-off. You then pick up and knit all around the sides and shoulder in a U shape. You do a little more side-to-side knitting, then join the side seams using the 3-needle bind off from the bottom up until where the sleeves will be. Then you continue knitting the sleeves in the round.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Monica on January 4, 2012
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I started to knit the cover page sweater with Bamboo/Silk in a size XL but found two mistakes very early on. The pattern calls for increasing on both ends every fourth row 19 times, starting with row 3, while simultaneously increasing a total of 8 stiches along the raglan sleeves every 2nd row for 29 times. The resulting number of stitches are supposed to be 344 when all is said and done. If you do the math off of these numbers, you come out ok; however, the reality looks different. In frustration, my husband and I wrote down the increases row by row and we achieved the 344 stitches after increasing 15 times at the V-neck ends and 30 times at the raglan sleeves. This will make the row count off by a couple of inches (if I go by the pattern). I will have to measure when I have reached the 344 stitches to make sure the depths of the V-neck and the arm holes are sufficient; if not, I will have to fudge the stitch total. Are there any corrections out anywhere?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on November 25, 2011
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Sewing seams in knit garments isn't difficult, but it is a very time-consuming process to make it look nice. So it is nice to find a book with almost seam-free patterns, Seamless (or nearly seamless) Knits by Andra Knight-Bowman.

The book starts with a short (3 pages) section of Special Techniques and Tips that contains instructions for cast ons, three-needle bind off, and knitting in the round.

The patterns are divided into three sections:
Building from the Bottom Up - A shell, a sweater with ½ sleeves, a long sleeveless dress, sweater with ¾ sleeves, 2 vests, 2 long sleeve sweaters, a jacket, and a hoodie

Taking it from the Top Down - A v-neck sweater with ¾ sleeves, and three long-sleeve sweaters

Somewhat Side to Side - Long vest (my favorite), Short sleeve sweater (my second favorite), 2 long sleeve sweaters, and a jacket.

Skill levels are marked and there are 8 labeled as easy, 10 as intermediate and 1 for experienced knitters. There are 5 size ranges in each pattern.

I liked the styles in this book because they are current without being wild. The patterns are easy to follow and have easy to read double spacing between row instructions. The only problem I had is that on a couple of the more difficult patterns there were abbreviations that I was not familiar with. There was a section in the back of the book for abbreviations, but I found at least three that were not explained.
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