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Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges Hardcover-spiral – Download: Adobe Reader, August 21, 2012
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- Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
- Hardcover-spiral : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781596684836
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596684836
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 1.12 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Interweave; Spi Edition (August 21, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1596684836
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Next, I love the design of the book. She offers several categories of sweaters (yoke, raglan, etc.) and for each category, gives directions for child through adult sizes, and a range of yarn sizes. This amounts to a ton of sweater patterns.
My objection to the book is that for each of the categories (yoke, raglan, etc), there are no photos of sweaters following Ann's instructions. Instead, each category closes with an advanced pattern related to that category, designed by someone else. These special sweaters are lovely, but every sweater photograph in the book shows only these fancy sweaters! There are no photos of the basic sweaters that you knit following Anne's instructions!
I was not comfortable making a sweater with no photo to show me how the finished sweater would look. In fact, I would have liked several photos of each category, showing the sweater in adult and child sizes, made with plain or variegated yarn, or even fancy cashmere. I wish the author would make such photos available on a website somewhere!
The top down method allows the knitter test the fit of the shoulders, neck, and armholes, BEFORE the body and the sleeves are knitted. The body and sleeve length can also be judged before all the pieces are put together.
The book gives instructions for a seamless yoke, raglan, set-in sleeves and a saddle shoulder sweaters. If you don't like designing your own, there are actual patterns for sweaters, too!
As a bonus, there are explanations for waste shaping, a variety of edgings decorative knitting patterns, button and button hold bands, different cast-on and bind-off techniques, mattress stitch, short-rows.... I really could go on and on.
The book looks complicated. But if you start from the beginning and take time to read "How To Use This Book", the whole book will be much easier to understand.
I highly recommend this book. It's been a bible for me, for many MANY years. Although a very seasoned knitter, I STILL rely a lot on this book. It's worth every dime (and it's cheaper now than it was when I bought it!!!!)
1. When I use one of my Ann Budd "handy" books, I know I'll have a book that lays flat, so I don't have to weigh down the pages. I wish more publishers would print their books with spiral bound pages and a hard-back cover.
2. There are many lovely designs in this book with plenty of ways to change them to make the garment you've been dreaming of.
3. Techniques abound. But this is more of a "learn by doing" book than a strictly technique book. I've been wondering how to work the caps of sleeves on a sweater I'm now knitting. I want to have the sleeves knitted in but wasn't quite sure if I could do this with a set-in sleeve. Now I know how! (HINT: Think short rows.)
4. I'm in love with the coral cardigan on the cover, but I'm not fond of raglan sweaters because that style makes my shoulders look narrow. Using her easy instructions, I can adapt the color and stitch to make myself a cardigan with saddle sleeves rather than the raglan I do not like.
5. Tips are offered throughout the book. As a new spinner, I was pleased to learn that knitting in the round is perfect for hand spun yarn because the imperfections are spread throughout the garment rather than appearing in ugly clumps.
6. Paper is nice and heavy. Photographs are clear, bright, and colorful. I couldn't ask for a better prepared book!
None. This is a terrific addition to my knitting library.
Top-Down is a book that will offer many options for every knitter, from the beginner to the pro, and for every body, from small child to large adult. Get it, or give it to a confirmed knitter.
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This book has changed the way I knit now as I have a much better understanding of whether any jumper/cardigan pattern is going to fit using any pattern. I no longer try and knit to a gauge specified by a pattern. I knit a gauge swatch using the yarn I have chosen - I may then do another swatch using smaller or larger needles to get the hand I am looking for i.e. the desired amount of drapiness or body. I then count the number of stitches/rows per inch and compare it to Ann Budd's charts. I can then see how many sts I'd need around the bust/hips/biceps for one of her standard patterns. I compare that to whatever pattern I'm knitting from and choose the size that will give me the right measurements.
The book even has tips and tricks for finishing off, plus suggestions for types of different castoffs, some of which I had never heard of but a quick google produces step by step videos which is also increasing my knitting skills, and the best part of all with top down knitting there is no sewing the pieces together!
I would not be without this book it is fantastic