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The Sweater Workshop: Knit Creative, Seam-Free Sweaters on your Own with any Yarn Paperback – January 1, 2002
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Knitting is a hands-on activity; it's one thing to read about knitting a sweater and another thing to knit one completely from sometimes cryptic patterns. First published in 1983, this book was written for knitters who have no desire to follow a pattern blindly but instead want to master the techniques necessary for sweater knitting, whether or not a pattern is available for the yarns they wish to use. Fee works the prospective knitter through a sweater sampler that includes every technique needed to master knitting seamless sweaters in the round, using any yarn and based on the measurements of the wearer. The finished sampler is a conversation piece that looks for all the world like a form-fitting pullover. This second edition features a more readable format, updated designs, and more sweaters, as well as a spiral sock pattern intended as a practice project for knitters not accustomed to knitting in the round on double-point needles. Recommended for all but the smallest knitting collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Even if you're not into knitting sweaters [I live in Mississippi, VERY little use for wool, although I love it]the techniques acquired working your way through the book give you the capability to make it past the "bumps" we all experience with traditional knitting instructions.
Which brings me to my second major point. I absolutely abhor line-by-line knitting directions and any knitted pieces requiring sewing or other seaming. By that I mean seamless knitting is the only way to go and Fee's workbook takes you there, although she includes instructions for "flat" knitters as well.
So, regardless of your preferred method of knitting, flat or circular, seamed or seamless, there is a great deal to be gained from this book. Although I have also acquired a great fondness for Elizabeth Zimmermann's writing, the DVD's for Zimmermann's instructional sections are better and make the techniques far more accessible to the average knitter who lacks a more experienced knitter for assistance. There is no such shortcoming with Fee's workbook, which means you can take it with you and work your way through it without access to video or computer equipment.
I really, really like this book and of the several knitting books I have purchased this one has taken me a long way to designing my own sweaters and other items without having to resort to a pattern wedded to a particular gauge, needle and yarn size.
I also strongly recommend you get the spiral bound version - it's definitely worth the few extra dollars you spend on it
Many thanks, Ms. Fee. And I would adore a DVD workshop "book" as well; if it would turn out to be anything like the book, I'd be glued to the computer with wool and needles in hand.