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The PERFECT Complement to BW's "Knitting from the Top Down",
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This review is from: Custom Knits: Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques (Hardcover)
This is the book I have been searching for, and the first of any genre I feel compelled to review. First, I love the author's classic yet sexy estetic, and preference for top-down constuction. (Please keep your designs coming, Wendy.) This book deserves high ratings alone for being loaded with T/D patterns for queue-jumping pieces. What I am most grateful for, however, is to have a resource that helps me fill in the gaps and questions I had after reading and re-reading Barbara Walker. I am a relatively new knitter and have never realy sewn. Early on in my knitting life I knew I would be limiting myself to seemless sweaters. After a few bad bottom-up experiences, I have recently vowed to focus on top-down patterns. Unfortunely I am also a visual learner and the indispensible "Knitting from the Top Down" still left me with too many questions, particularly on the sleeveless/set-in sleeve/saddle shoulder garments. None of the other T/D books I own (and I think I have most) transcend its patterns or ventures far past the raglan the way Custom Knits does. I finally feel like I have the resources I need to help me visualize the process and master my preferred technique. If this book is lacking at all, I for one couldn't say how.
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Initial post: Oct 7, 2008 9:18:13 AM PDT
I totally agree. I never want to try to fit another sleeve cap into a sleeve again! Especially when you get such beautiful results with just doing some short rows and picking up stitches in the round. I am really glad this book exists.
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