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« on: May 05, 2007 01:19:03 PM »


I'm perusing through Amazon as I speak. I think the time has come for me to knit top down and take a shot at doing my own designs. I already have Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears. I do like inset sleeves, and wish to use that type of sleeve in my topdown jumpers.

So, quick, while I still have the hubby's permission (and credit card) can you recommend solid design books?

I prefer them being easy (or relatively) straightforward when it comes to explaining the various principles.

*edit - I think I've found some links. Thank you*

Can anyone help me?
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2007 08:39:32 AM »

I don't know of any books that are strictly about design, but SnB Nation has an excellent section at the beginning about altering existing patterns... changing the neck style, adding shaping, etc. I found some helpful tips in there. Also, the Domiknitrix book has some tips on design.

In addition, knitty.com has some great articles on sleeve design. Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2007 05:28:33 AM »

Maggie Righetti's Sweater Design in Plain English is all about the technical aspects of design--it's a great book, and is a good resource for someone who wants to design their own sweaters, not just modify existing patterns. I think EZ has a book like this as well, Sweater Design Without Tears, or something?

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007 11:53:24 AM »

I've got a few recommendations - Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top and any of her stitch treasuries, and Vogue Knitting's The Ultimate Knitting Book.  I used the latter a lot when I was making my first solo sweater, and I really love the result.  I use the stitch treasury all the time, and I'm using Knitting from the Top for a few upcoming projects.  They're all very useful for different design aspects.

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007 12:00:25 PM »

Thank you ! I've now dropped a bomb of on Amazon. I have 4 balls of jaeger yarn that is screaming to be made into a scoop vest, so I'm eager to see what the books say!

*fingers crossed!*

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007 12:14:57 PM »

SnB Nation also has great tips on design and how to modify existing patterns. when i wanted to modify a shrug pattern to fit me b/c the first attempt didn't fit well, i used that book to figure out the math needed to do what needed to get done to make it fit better.

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