Custom Knits: Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques

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Along with being pleasurable and satisfying, knitting can sometimes be frustrating: the turtleneck that looked so fabulous on the model is too bulky for your body, or the cardigan you spent countless hours on just doesn’t fit right. Herein lies the beauty of Custom Knits, which teaches knitters how to use improvisational techniques to achieve spectacular results—and to unleash their inner designers.

Wendy Bernard, creator of the popular blog Knit and Tonic, provides 25 original ...

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Overview

Along with being pleasurable and satisfying, knitting can sometimes be frustrating: the turtleneck that looked so fabulous on the model is too bulky for your body, or the cardigan you spent countless hours on just doesn’t fit right. Herein lies the beauty of Custom Knits, which teaches knitters how to use improvisational techniques to achieve spectacular results—and to unleash their inner designers.

Wendy Bernard, creator of the popular blog Knit and Tonic, provides 25 original designs for sweaters of nearly every type, plus variations, most knitted in one piece starting at the top, a method that allows you to try on as you go, alter as desired, and essentially design on the fly. “Make It Your Own” prompts in each pattern suggest easy alterations to suit your style and body type. And an in-depth reference section teaches how to alter key sweater elements, for example, change a crewneck to a V-neck, add sleeves to a vest, and much more. For the truly adventurous, the book concludes with guidelines for knitting sweaters with no pattern at all.

Bernard’s friendly writing style and photographer Kimball Hall’s lively images create an inviting book of beautiful designs and key techniques that a knitter can use to customize nearly every garment she knits from now on.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584797135
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 791,941
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Bernard’s work has been featured in the online pages of Knitty and Stitch Diva Studios, in the book No Sheep for You, and in Interweave Knits and Knitscene magazines. She lives in Thousand Oaks, California.

Kimball Hall is a Los Angeles–based photographer with 25 years of editorial and advertising experience. Among his clients are Four Seasons Hotel, American Express, and Bank of America.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    A Must

    Wendy has always been one of my favorite knitting designers. Her patterns are easy to read and always amazing. This book is a compilation of some of the best patterns I seen out of her. There are at least 10 sweaters or tops and a few hats that I need to make (which will always be in fashion). And in the intro is one of the coolest things I've ever seen in a knitting book - how to make your very own duct tape double (to test out your knit wears). She gives you lots of ideas on how to get your knitted items to fit correctly and the patterns are easy to read. A must buy for any knitter!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Great Fresh Patterns I want to make each one!

    As a pretty new knitter, wanting to take it to the next level this book has great advise on how to do that. I find the patterns to be fresh and fun, I can't wait to shop for, prepare for and make each project!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Great resource book for top down knitting

    I love this book. Most of the styles are fine for the older, 50+ woman. The best part about the book is the chapter on making your own dress form out of duct tape. The basic knowledge needed to knit a sweater from the top down is easy to understand and concise. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    A Usable and Re-usable Knitting Book

    This is one of the few knitting books that I have used and am certain will revisit on more than one occasion!

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    A book every knitter should have!

    This book was recommended by a knitting friend. It really helps to understand how to custom fit a knitted garment. It's a book every knitter should have.

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