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Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits Paperback – May 17, 2011
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Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits is a new book out by Andra Knight-Bowman. If you like knitting sweaters, you will enjoy this book of 19 patterns. Many are simple yet striking and all have little to no finishing. The sweaters and one dress range from sizes small to 2x. The skill level is easy to experienced. Andra has patterns that build from the bottom up, top down and side to side.
The photographs are large and easy to see the nuances of each pattern. Some of the patterns are simple garter, stockinette and reverse stockinette. There are also cable, entrelac and textured designs.
All the designs are given girls names. Patti is an easy quick to knit cardigan with a small seam at the underarm. It is a simple long sleeved "V" neck closed by three buttons close together, just below the "V". Deb is also an easy pattern. It is a smart looking simple garter-stitch sleeveless vest, with a collar and one button closure. I have also seen this pattern of hers in a doll size version. Another quick knit is Perri, a tunic-length vest. This is worked side by side in the knit stitch.
The patterns range from sporty to casual and dressy. There are sweaters for all four seasons. Whether this is your first sweater or you have a closet full of handmade sweaters, you will find yourself taking a second look at these patterns.
Especially if finishing work is not your style, this one is for you. --Paula Moliver, Hartford Knitting Examiner
About the Author
Andra Knight-Bowman learned to knit at the age of seven in a small farming community in Ohio. After marrying the man of her dreams and moving to Tennessee, she was so inspired by the scenery, mountains, and changing seasons that she found herself knitting and designing constantly. She is now the owner of her own shop, Knits & Pearls, which she opened in 2004. She thrives on helping her students discover the joys of knitting.
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Something that's different in this book vs. other sweater knitting books I've read is that there is no waist shaping on any of the sweaters. That may be a disadvantage for some knitters who like their sweaters more fitted. However, I'm beginning to think that at least for me, worsted-weight projects look better without the waist shaping. It probably depends a lot both on your personal taste and your body type. (I'm petite and curvy, and I feel like the the waist shaping makes worsted-weight sweaters look more bulky on me.)
I will definitely be making more patterns from this book. And I might use the side-to-side sweater idea to do a little designing of my own. These sweaters are based on a front and back panel, each of which is knit side-to-side, then joined at the shoulders with a 3-needle bind-off. You then pick up and knit all around the sides and shoulder in a U shape. You do a little more side-to-side knitting, then join the side seams using the 3-needle bind off from the bottom up until where the sleeves will be. Then you continue knitting the sleeves in the round. (I know this was a little hard for me to visualize at first, but eventually it made sense. It's easier to understand if you're looking at the picture.) And because the center panels are knit side-to-side and then added on to, I suspect you could do a lot of variation on stitch pattern and yarn choices with only a little minor experimentation.
All in all, possibly my favorite knitting book yet.
I have made two of the patterns and they turned out beautiful. I am a novice or challenged knitter so it has to be on the easy side for me to understand how to do some of the more complicated stitches.
I recommened this book to those who want the satisfaction of knitting something beautiful from beginning to end and then either wearing it themselves or seeing it on a loved one. good luck with you knitting and happy spring.