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About the Author

Wendy Bernard is the author of Custom Knits (STC Craft, 2008) and the creator of KnitandTonic.net. Her work has been published online by Knitty and Stitch Diva Studios, in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Yarn Forward magazines, and in several books, including Brave New Knits and STC Craft’s My Grandmother’s Knitting. She lives in Thousand Oaks, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799382
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Generally, I'm a fan of top down knitting. But it appears that the "improvisational techniques" billed on the cover are more like convoluted methodology. In her effort to make her top down techniques more innovative, I fear that Wendy Bernard may have gone overboard. When I read the directions for her pattern "Flannel Jacket," I couldn't believe how she managed to so complicate a simple straightforward design by her most bizarre construction. Perhaps, if someone had proofread the pattern, they would have noticed that the directions for the main design element, a seeded rib are wrong and do not produce the ribbing shown in photos of three sweaters of this design. Additionally, the stitch counts listed for the body of the sweater do not fit the seeded rib pattern as printed. The design's pattern would be so much simpler knit (in reverse) on a circular from the bottom up. I started to do that until it became evident that that wouldn't be possible given all the errors.

FYI, the publisher has not yet listed any errata for the book. Too bad, 'cause I would've loved to knit this one for my mom.

This book just reminded me why I always try to borrow knitting books from the library before investing in them. This one will be going back before its due date and I will NOT be investing in it.
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I have Wendy's first book and totally LOVE it!! I have been waiting anxiously ever since for her second book to arrive.

I love knitting books that empower me as a knitter and this one does just that! Whether it's knowing how to take someone else's pattern that I like and alter it to fit me and tweak it here or there or to be able to take yarn in hand and create something wonderful that fits the way I want it to and looks the way I want to is a skill I feel is essential in the process of being happy with my finished project. Wendy's first book started me off in the right direction. Her second book just loaded me up with many more tips, tricks and techniques to truly make it my own.

I LOVE the top down seamless philosphy of knitting. It just makes so much sense. Custom Knits 2 contains so much information as to why and, more importantly, HOW to take a sweater, turn it on it's head and work from the top down. Wendy even includes information on how to convert a bottom up pieced sweater into a top down seamless sweater!! Something I am sure I will use often!

It is really important to be able to understand what we need to do to get our knits to fit the way we want them to. Otherwise, why even bother knitting garments? No matter how well written a pattern is, there is no such thing as one size fits all. We are all different sizes and even if we have the same measurements around our bodies as the pattern calls for, we might be longer or shorter vertically. Or our bust might match the pattern size, but our hips are a completly different size than the pattern was written for.
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Custom Knits 2 is chock full of wonderful patterns, all knit from the top down. There are sections on customizing patterns so that they can fit the person you are knitting for despite the pattern itself. In other words, the book tells you how to make each pattern work so that it fits right. The patterns themselves are wearable, look delightful to knit, and are utilitarian. Most of them are conventional pull-over sweaters and cardigans for adults along with some patterns for children. When I buy a knitting book, I ask myself three questions:

Will I use the patterns?

Are the patterns easy to read and knit?

Is the book a good resource?

The answer to all three questions is a resounding 'yes'.

I highly recommend this book
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I loved the first Custom Knit book. I went out and bought it twice when I lost it. This one was very good and the products were fun to look at, but I haven't tried to make any yet, because none of them caught my eye when I flipped through it. There were more than four that I wanted to do right away in the first book.
In short, I like the book, but it isn't my top ten of knitting books.
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And just the quality I've come to expect from Ms. Bernard. I believe anyone who loves classic designs like these...as I do...will enjoy knitting any pattern in this book! You make any of these your own by modifying the pattern. Enjoy!
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Wendy has done it again although this time she's encouraging us to go a little more off piste. Her first book was a great collection of inspiring top down knitting. Easy to follow patterns and ideas to make it your own design. The second book she has given more information on her process so that knitters can create their own look and fit. Having said this, it is still easy to follow and the patterns are just as great as the first book. A winner!
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I love this book because it has a lot of helps in it. I also like the top-down patterns as they are easily used and read.
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By OWL on April 8, 2015
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great book. helped me get started on custom fit sweaters. I have been knitting for over 35 years but couldn't make a sweater that fitted me, which was extremely frustrating. Thanks to this book and the "custom knit 1", i am doing well.
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