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The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Excellent Resource!

    How many different ways are there of knitting a sweater? Ann Budd has put together a collection of basic bottom-up pullover patterns in this book: drop-shoulder, modified drop-shoulder, set-in sleeve and raglan sleeve with options for V-neck, crew neck, and turtle neck finishes. Like her magnificently useful Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, this book contains a grid of instructions so that each style of pullover can be knit for sizes ranging from baby to larger-than-life adult and with whole-number gauges from at least sport weight to bulky weight yarn.

    While you won't find a plethora of clever stitch patterns in this book, you'll find with each section at least one separate pattern that typifies the sweater style and uses an interesting pattern stitch or color work.

    As with the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, you'll not find directions for knitting with a fractional gauge (for example, you'll find instructions for 4 or 5 stitches per inch, but you won't find instructions for 4.25, 4.5, or 4.75 stitches per inch), and you have to remember to measure for armhole depth because the patterns are to standardized measurements.

    That said, however, this is a magnificent book and I highly recommend it for every knitter's pattern library. It's as essential as any of the Barbara Walker and Elizabeth Zimmerman texts on knitting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    Excellent book!

    I have been knitting for years and usually find a pattern to knit from. I would prefer to choose my own design but it's hard to knit your own sweater without a template. This book helps you with a basic pattern. You choose your own armhole shaping, your own neckline, your own size and it tells you how many stitches to cast on and when to bind off or decrease. It is so simple. It gives you stitches per inch, not needle size so it would be a good idea to knit a small patch to give you stitches per inch before you start your project, which is usually recommended in most knitting books. Also remember that the pattern design you choose will have a different amount of stitches than the book's template so you will need to adjust accordingly. Happy Knitting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    A must have

    I am a new knitter. I always see patterns that I think I would like in a heaver or thinner yarn. This book tells you how to do just that. Someone told me that the patterns were hard to follow, but I didn't find that. They were easy to read and my projects turned out great. I highly recommend this book to all knitters.

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