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« on: September 18, 2009 02:56:17 AM »

Hi Craftsters.

I am looking for a knitting book with basic sweater patterns (i.e. v neck, funnel neck, etc.), and information on how to size them, etc. 

Any help most appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2009 07:25:03 AM »

The most basic book -- and one of the best - is Barbara Walker's "knitting from the top down" - and the other best basic book is Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Knitting Without Tears". Both are long in print so what I would suggest you do is go to your library and check them out and see if they fit your needs. I have both and have used them extensively because I usually end up knitting from an idea in my head of what i want rather than a published pattern.

(Barbara Walker may be easier to understand if you're not into math!)
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2009 01:16:28 PM »

The most basic book -- and one of the best - is Barbara Walker's "knitting from the top down" - and the other best basic book is Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Knitting Without Tears". Both are long in print so what I would suggest you do is go to your library and check them out and see if they fit your needs. I have both and have used them extensively because I usually end up knitting from an idea in my head of what i want rather than a published pattern.

(Barbara Walker may be easier to understand if you're not into math!)

She's right.  These are the two to start with!  Knitting Rules by McPhee is a great read that puts things in perspective about knitting in general - not just about sweaters.  Another book for inspiration is  1000 Sweaters, by Griffiths. 
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