- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584797134
- ISBN-13: 978-1584797135
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Custom Knits: Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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One of my favorite things is that each design comes with suggestions for things you can do to personalize it, and, the designs themselves? I think they're lovely. In fact, there's not a single one that I did NOT like, even if I'm not itching to pick up my needles and knit every single one of them.
The final chapter is one of my favorites. It's titled "Unleash Your Inner Designer" and then breaks down the structure of the different top-down designs ... what you need to do a raglan for top down, what you do to do a set-in sleeve from top down-all the math and the schematics necessary. Not to mention a very nice section of instructions on what to do to change a neckline, or the depth of an armhole, to make a design more personal.
This, I think, is my favorite part of this book-that it not only has nice designs, but that the author thoughtfully spells out what you need to do to make the sweaters more "you." She gives you good designs, and then gives you the tools you need to take them to another level-tacit permission to PLAY, instead of trying to make sure you never vary from the designs she gave you.
Really, about the only thing I DIDN'T like was that there was no index or listing of patterns, making it tricky to find a specific one later on.
I recommend joining Ravelry.com to view the end results of the patterns in this or any other book. They seem to have plenty of examples from Wendy B's book, and that helped me a lot.
Great job Wendy!! I can't wait for more.