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Sweater Design in Plain English Paperback – October 15, 1990
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One Saturday afternoon, out of boredom, I decided to pick it up to read, laying on the bed. I could not believe that I could not discover the wisdom that the authour generously shares with us. My knitting knowleadge by then has grown to understand the authour's intention. Most of us do not have perfect bodies so that we need skills to knit to fit better. The models shown are real people with real mesurements! The sweaters are simples ones knitters tend to come back after ellaborately ornamented commercial patterns, which are often too-stylish to wear everyday.
All these knitting skills for size-manipulation were right there in her book at my hand. I looked for those informaiton here and there scattered in many other books, but most of the time I could not find them in any where. For example, how to plan bust darts by short-rowing were something I always wanted to know.
Her charting system is good model to copy. Math for knitting is well explined. If you can draw it and can do the math part of it, you can knit it. The price is very generous for the wealth of information contained. Probably, no color photos, no expensive commercial models have contributed greatly to its price. I am grad she made the book easy access to many people.
I would reccomend this book to intermidiate to advanced knitters.
The first part alone is worth the price of the book but there are many other lessons to offer. As mentioned before, most of the sweater projects are not very stylish (though I did like the sweater designed to use up left over yarn) but the lessons offered are sound.
As usual for Maggie Righetti's books, the writing style is chatty and fun filled with anecdotes and nuggets of wisdom that can only come from a veteran knitter.
My only real complaint about this book is that it often refers to information found in the author's previous book Knitting in Plain English. I suggest buying both books. (You'll want the other one anyway after reading this book.)
This book is a must for any knitter who wishes to design sweaters but it is also an excellant course in dressing well and in adjusting knitting patterns. Also, it is a good look at advanced knitting techniques. This book is hours worth of knitting lessons condensed in a convenient package. Worth every penny!
Part one goes into what to do before you begin your project. It covers what sweaters are, how to avoid costly mistakes, getting new ideas, understanding body shapes, getting the right measurements, and achieving the right marriage of fiber, fabric and fashion. It also covers gauge, estimating the right amount of yarn to use, and a refresher course on common knitting techniques. In addition, it covers the arithmetic of knitting and final preparation steps for designing your own sweater.
Part two is called 'Doing It - The Actual Designs'. Topics covered include V-necked sweaters, cable sweaters, cardigan jackets, child's sweaters, adult raglan cardigans, neck-down pull-overs, icelandic yoke pullovers, diagonal sweaters, designing your own sleeves, designing your own necklines and collars, and creating your own interesting effects.
This book has EVERYTHING a knitter needs to create a classic, beautiful sweater. I wouldn't be without it. It's a sweater knitter's dream-book and a must-have for anyone who wants to create their own sweater or modify a pattern.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book it is a must read if you want to design your own knitting.Published 1 month ago by Loretta
My Craftsy Fit You Knits teacher recommended this book. Although I tend to be a more visual learner, this book is a great resource. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Saucy
Love her books and have every single one of them. She gives you confidence in knitting and crocheting and really does teach these skills in "plain and simple English.Published 3 months ago by Tamara I Carr
There is a lot of good info in this book but also a lot of fluff. If I had had the opportunity to look through it more in depth in person, I doubt I would have bought it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rouquine
really nice reference book-I had checked it out of the local library first,
and decided I wanted one to keep.
I love this author and purchased this book since she wrote it. I have not designed that many items, but reading the book and using it for a reference has aided me in creating... Read morePublished 16 months ago by jando
Well written, knowledgeable, easy to understand. Would recommend to those who have some knitting experience and want to go further with their own ideas.Published 19 months ago by Catherine