- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612126103
- ISBN-13: 978-1612126104
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top-Down Crochet Sweaters: Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit Paperback – September 20, 2016
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"If you've always thought of crocheted sweaters as lumpy, heavy, and unflattering, Dora's book will change your mind in about two minutes flat."
— Franklin Habit, designer, teacher, author, and illustrator
From the Back Cover
In the first collection of its kind, crochet designer Dora Ohrenstein presents 14 patterns sure to flatter all body shapes and sizes. From elegant to casual, here are contemporary options for every season and occasion.
Making a garment from the top down lets you try it on as you go and adjust the length as necessary. Detailed directions on the top-down technique plus valuable tips on choosing yarn and stitch patterns ensure exquisite sweaters with fashionable drape.
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Top Customer Reviews
My one caveat for the book is that Ms. Ohrenstein uses rather hard to find designer yarns for the sweaters. Nor does she give the specific size or weight of the yarns chosen, but rather says in the front of the book that she'd used DK to fingering sizes [which is a significant range], but doesn't specify the weights for individual yarns that she used. There are some general guidelines for each sweater so experienced crocheters can probably make educated guesses for suitable substitutions, but why make it hard? The weights of the specific yarns used in the samples should have been mentioned.
Other than this yarn weight ommision, I was very impressed by the book and can't wait to try one or more of these beautiful sweaters.
Special attention is paid to how yarn selection affects drape and fit and how how to adjust patterns to fit your shape. The patterns in the book are shown on women with varying body shapes and include a wide range of sizes to accommodate real women. The yarns used for sweaters shown in the book include some fibers that are moderately prices (including as least one available in big box stores) as well as luxury yarns, with suggestions for alternatives base on fiber content and texture.
Dora has written clear explanations of how the two types of top down garments achieve their shaping and devotes a chapter to making the sweater fit. The pattern instructions themselves are clearly written and include useful reference point to guide the way.
If you are new to Dora's books and designs, this book will introduce you to her well thought out designs for real people along with her clear pattern instruction for achieving your own well-fitting sweater. If you are already a fan of her books and patterns, this book will be a necessary addition to your crochet library
Dora goes into great detail on the method of crocheting a garment Top Down. She goes on to discuss getting the drape that you desire and how to find that in various types and weights of yarn.
Then there is information regarding choosing a size, measuring yourself, and what is ease.
If that isn't enough, Dora explains how to read garment schematics, and includes at least 7 pages on making your own modifications to garment patterns to get the exact fit that you want!
Very nice photos are included in this book, including back and side views of all garments.
Stitch charts and detailed schematics are also provided for all patterns.
These patterns are not for beginning crocheters. You have to know all basic stitches, how to read your own work, how to read written crochet instructions as well as make use of crochet diagrams.
I am starting on one of the first patterns, and hope to work up to the garment featured on the cover!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though I will be making a few modifications, one is to make sweater in the rounds there are no ugly seams going down the backs of the pull overs.
Author: Dora Ohrenstein
Publisher: Storey Publidhing LLC