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Knitting from the Top Paperback – February, 1996
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Beginners, take note - this book assumes that you know how to cast on, cast off, increase, decrease, etc. If still unfamiliar with basic techniques, you will need another intro book.
One thing you can do is check the length while trying it on. Yes, you can do this. Put the unfinished stitches on a strand of yarn and slip the sweater over your head (or the head of the recipient.) You will quickly see how much more you need to knit, or whether you should add "short rows" (extra half rows that add a bit of ease) to cover a tummy or get rid of the dreaded riding up in the back. The book has methods for saddle shoulder sweaters (easy the top down way), raglan, drop sleeves, etc.
The book also has great methods for doing leggings, tights, skirts and other items you might want to knit but don't know how to. With a simple gauge-and-circumference technique you can make nearly any garment for anyone.
This is a revised edition. The original had some very dated 70's patterns and the new edition has been modernized.
But the gains very much so outweigh the temporary inconveniences.
This book contains the information that you need to make well fitting garments. It also contains many very useful tips and tricks. However, this is not a book for beginners. In addition the book is very chatty and in my opinion not very organized. If you are a persons who likes to follow charts and diagrams, you may find the book frustrating. The information you need is contained in the book, but you may have to read carefully to find what you are looking for.
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The definitive book on top down knitting with set in sleeves.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn S. Overbo
Did something I've never before done with a book ... returned it.Published 3 months ago by anonymous
Great book and I like this history and explanation of why she developed top-down knitting.Published 3 months ago by Pet Parent
A very practical explanation of knitting to fit, no fancy pictures of color combo's or intricate stitches, rather a lot of math (which is how you predict what you will get when you... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary
I have worked pretty much exclusively from the top for decades. I owe a debt to Barbara G. Walker that I can only repay in part by posting this review. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MrsPi
This book is the thinking knitters guide to top down knitting in many styles. There is not a step by step pattern in the whole thing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lh