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Custom Crocheted Sweaters: Make Garments that Really Fit Paperback – January 3, 2012
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While some say this book is not for beginners, I would argue that it is essential for beginners to read this. Dora's pedagogical writing style is not stuffy, nor difficult to understand. Her voice clearly comes out through the text and her patience, and step by step instructions take many if not most of the misgivings a beginner might have and make them fade away.
I am tired of hearing how crocheters are afraid to try new things, that knitters are braver and more inquisitive...posh! Custom Crocheted Sweaters is a book that meets the needs of those crocheters who have been looking for answers to questions about fit and fashion for the last few decades and have come up empty and frustrated in their search. And any person new to the craft and art of crochet will have the benefit that they won't have to wait for decades to find out how to turn out a finished piece that fits them and makes them satisfied with their efforts and time investment.Read more ›
Every sweater in this book is a classic. I am most impressed with the early sections that truly walk the student through the sweater construction process. Each sweater focuses on a technique that will have carry over to all the future items a crocheter might create. I can hardly wait to work my way through the book creating each item.
Kudos to Dora...may she never stop creating!
Like most crocheters, I've been waiting a long time for a book like this. Although I personally have little interest in actually making a sweater, I would love to have a greater understanding of how to make a crocheted sweater that fits and looks great.
Knitters have (seemingly) thousands of books about sweater designs. On the other hand, until January, crocheters seemed to have Modular Crochet: A Revolutionary New Method for Creating Custom-Design Pullovers (out-of-print and for sale on Amazon for $50-$260) and the first section of Couture Crochet Workshop (also selling for $100-$300 on Amazon). (Yes, there are many crochet books of sweater patterns, and some even include tips on fitting and customization, but few seem to be primarily designed to teach the reader to design and customize her/his own sweaters.)
As soon as I heard that Dora Ohrenstein was working on Custom Crocheted Sweaters, I began eagerly anticipating its release. Surprisingly, the book actually managed to live up to my high expectations.
The book opens with a 42 page overview of sweater design, divided into these sections:
The Art and Craft of Making Garments,
Overview of Sweater Construction,
Measuring Your Body,
Shaping and Alteration 101, and
Finishing with Care.Read more ›
I just wanted to reassure those thinking of buying this book from Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has BEAUTIFUL designs. Tops that will get you compliments and offers versatility for all seasons. The short bio about the author is very interesting as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K.Markey
Love the looks in this book, but will waiit until finished with "Lovely Knitted Lace" before I will know if I enjoy knitting the sweaters..... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anne N. Stoddard
This had been great to read and a good source of learning how to create custom-fit sweaters. My only complaint is knowing that there were several errors in the first few printings,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by June Perez