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Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear Paperback – March 26, 2013
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About the Author
SALLY MELVILLE is a widely published and highly sought after knitwear designer who every year teaches a dozen different workshops at more than twenty venues across North America. Her work has appeared in many magazines, from Vogue Knitting to Interweave Knits, and she is the author of several books, including the bestselling Knitting Experience series. Visit Sally online at www.sallymelvilleknits.com.
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This book is NOT a book for beginning knitters. But knitting isn't exactly rocket science. Any moderately experienced knitter who is motivated to draft custom patterns--patterns that will really fit--should be able to make good use of this book. Aside from basic knitting skills, all that a knitter needs is the ability to read and understand schematic drawings of knitted garments; to take accurate body measurements; and to perform basic math calculations (e.g., to multiply a width-in-inches measurement by a swatched stitches-per-inch number, in order to determine how many stitches will be required at a given place in a garment).
What sets KNITTING PATTERN ESSENTIALS apart from other books of pattern templates, is Melville's explanations of WHY you need ease, of HOW MUCH ease you need in a particular garment style, and of WHY you do (or don't) need certain kinds of shaping (e.g., shoulder shaping) in a specific garment style. Melville teaches you to understand the patterns that you draft, which of course makes for better custom patterns. The basic garment shapes discussed in the book are drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and raglan. However, the book contains much additional discussion of shaping of necklines (funnel, v-neck, etc.), hems (diagonal, shirttails), sides of garments (A-line, hourglass, etc.), sleeves (puffed, saddle shoulder, etc.), cardigans (no overlap, banded, etc.), and finishing bands (armhole, collars and hoods, etc.). Melville also explains how to combine various garment elements successfully.
Personally, I like to use computer applications for drafting knitting patterns, because the apps do all the math calculations for me. But any template-generated knitting pattern is only as good as the information typed into it, and the assumptions made by the basic template. With this book, you can fine-tune any template-generated pattern to ensure that you get the desired custom fit.
KNITTING PATTERN ESSENTIALS also includes eight Sally Melville knitting patterns that are suitable for advanced-and-adventurous beginners, or for intermediate-level knitters. These are the Three-Bow Pullover, Marsha's Top, Uptown Jacket, Lace-Paneled Top, Escher-Inspired Vest, Bordered Lace Pullover, Carrie's Wrap, and Cee-Cee Wrap. My favorite is the oh-so-elegant Lace-Paneled Top (shown on the book's cover)--which by itself goes a long way toward justifying the book's purchase price. Some other good, fairly recent books on drafting knitting patterns are Custom Knit Jackets,Vintage Design Workshop, and The NEW Knitter's Template.
1)After reading Chapter 1 a knitter will be ready to tackle an actual pattern and make all adjustments to fit one's figure. Unlike a past reviewer I feel this book is designed for everyone including the new knitter. I feel even the meanest knitter can tackle the knowledge, however due to lack of mastery the sweater they knit will most likely have many of the same errors all knitters make when starting out, that is not a reflection of any book or pattern. So I rate this book as beginner being able to learn and old-hands gaining new knowledge.
2) Chapters 2-8 cover every single aspect of the construction of a sweater, is thorough and can be reference time and again after mastery of sweater knitting to solve problems or make adjustments. In short the longevity of the book makes it worth the price.
3) It offers standard patterns in the back that afford the reader a chance at designing their own sweaters or making minor to major adjustments to the published pattern.
4) The diagrams, photos, calculation section for each type take a lot of the mystery out of the designing/reworking processes.
1) The book is a little plain but then again who buys a knitting resource for the look of the actual book.
I have not one bad thing to say about this book, it comes from a seasoned knitter and that is obvious!
The titles of her chapters are:
Preparing to Draft
Shoulder Shaping, Back and Front Neck Shaping
Fabrics, Finishes, and Fixes
There is also an appendix that offers abbreviations, ratios for decreasing, seaming and picking up and knitting.
While only one of the patterns grabbed my eye, the information in this book is essential for all serious knitters. I think that advanced intermediate and advanced knitters will do best with this book. I am sure glad that I purchased it. It is a wonderful resource.
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One the one hand, it has extensive and much needed detail on drafting the different parts of a garment.Read more