Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits

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From the initial spark of inspiration to the sewing of the last seam, this advanced manual to knitwear design provides knitters with the foundation to take their projects to the next level. The four exceptional projects demonstrate the level of uniqueness and beauty that can be achieved with these expert techniques and how to achieve the elusive "perfect fit" that defines a successful end product. Knitters will gain a clearer understanding of commercial pattern instructions, improve their attention to detail ...
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From the initial spark of inspiration to the sewing of the last seam, this advanced manual to knitwear design provides knitters with the foundation to take their projects to the next level. The four exceptional projects demonstrate the level of uniqueness and beauty that can be achieved with these expert techniques and how to achieve the elusive "perfect fit" that defines a successful end product. Knitters will gain a clearer understanding of commercial pattern instructions, improve their attention to detail with a meaningful test swatch, and acquire a stronger knowledge of proper body and garment measurements.
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Editorial Reviews

Knitcircus Magazine

Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design.

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"Knitters usually begin with simpler items like scarves and move on to more complicated projects like sweaters. But once sweaters are mastered, many experienced knitters want to know how to design their own knitwear--and have it fit. There are a number of books that explain the mechanics and the math of designing sweaters. This one, too, examines commercial patterns, the intricacies and importance of measurement, and the result that comes with various yarns. But this book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume--spiral-bound inside sturdy covers--is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled. Four attractive projects are included as examples of the many techniques author Paden explains." - Ilene Cooper, Booklist

"First Reaction: Blown Away. If you're interested in sweater design, and want to understand everything, you need to look at this book. It's amazing. I have other design books in my library...but this one stands on its own." - KnittingScholar.com

"This is a comprehensive guide to getting an idea out of your head and into a knitting pattern. It's also a fantastic resource to use to alter an existing pattern to your specifications." - Knitty.com

"Add this to your essentials shelf, next to Barbara Walker and Nancy Wiseman. And make something fabulous." - Twist Collective blog

"The book's layout is very clean, clear and attractive, with high quality photos and diagrams, to keep the reader inspired and motivated. Paden writes succinctly and well, packing in a wealth of information." - Crochet Insider

"Captivating designs with flattering silhouettes." - Quick & Easy Crochet

"If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf." - Knitting Purls newsletter

"Easy-to-follow... Shirley Paden offers detailed techniques for achieving just the look and fit that are right for you." - Detroit News

"This book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume, spiral-bound inside sturdy covers, is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled." - Booklist

"If you've ever wanted to knit yourself a perfectly tailored and fitted sweater, this is the book for you. Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design." - Knitting Purls Newsletter

"5 out of 5 Stars. This 343 page oversized book is outstanding!" - Knitting News

"If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf." - Knitting Purls Newsletter

"This priceless information is a gem for any knitter's library." - Machine Knitting Monthly

"Shirley Paden wants to empower you as a knitter to be the best you can be." - The Courier-News

"Paden delivers a graduate-level course for very serious knitters, using text, charts, annotated schematics, sketches, sidebars, mathematical conversion formulas--every aid at her considerable disposal--to explain the myriad ways of getting exactly the look you're after by marrying the right yarn and stitch pattern to the right silhouette and sleeve type. Exhaustive, comprehensive--mere adjectives don't begin to describe it so I'll stop trying. Paden is simply in a master class of her own." – Yarn Market News

"OMG...Just got Shirley Paden's new knitwear design book and I am totally in LOVE with it! Seriously! IN LOVE!" - Yarn Thing via Twit

Detroit News
Easy-to-follow ... Shirley Paden offers detailed techniques for achieving just the look and fit that are right for you.
Crochet Insider
The book's layout is very clean, clear and attractive , with high quality photos and diagrams, to keep the reader inspired and motivated. Paden writes succinctly and well, packing in a wealth of information.
Knitting Purls newsletter
If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf.
Twist Collective blog
Add this to your essentials shelf, next to Barbara Walker and Nancy Wiseman. And make something fabulous.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596680869
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Paden is the owner and founder of Shirley Paden Custom Knits. She teaches master knitting classes for the fashion industry and conducts seminars on lace, entrelac, cables, color knitting, and finishing techniques. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Chapter 1: Planning Your Design
Researching and Refining an Idea
Layout of the Design Idea
Classic Silhouette Worksheet
Dropped-Shoulder Worksheet
Double-Taper Worksheet
Single-Taper Worksheet
Reverse-Taper Worksheet
Chapter 2: Selecting the Fabric
Choosing the Yarn
Choosing a Pattern Stitch
Understanding Pattern Stitch Intructions
The Gauge Swatch
Translating Measurements to Numbers of Stitches and Rows
Chapter 3: Classic Silhouette Pullover
Classic Silhouette
Classic Body Worksheet
Sleeve Worksheet
Chapter 4. Alternative Silhouettes
Dropped Shoulder
Modified Drop Shoulder
Double-Tapered Body
Single-Tapered Body
Reverse-Tapered Body
Chapter 5: Cardigans
Center Closure
Overlapping Front Bands
Independent Overlapping Bands
Overlapping Fronts
Rounded Front Edges
One-Piece Construction
Chapter 6: Skirts and Dresses
Straight Skirt
A-Line Skirt
Dresses
Chapter 7: Alternate Armhole Shaping
Classic Raglan
Circular Yoke
Classic Saddle Shoulder
Chapter 8: Sleeves and Cuffs
Straight Sleeve
Lantern Sleeve
Gathered-Top Sleeve
Short Sleeve
Cuffs
Chapter 9: Necklines
Classic Boatneck
Square Neckline
Round Neckline
V-Neckline
Chapter 10: Neckbands, Collars, and Lapels
Neckbands and Collars
Lapels
Chapter 11: Finishing Techniques
Blocking
Shoulder Seams
Necklines
Armhole Seams
Sleeve and Side Seams
Buttonholes
Zippers
Projects
Appendix
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    knitwear design made easy

    Great book which gives an organized approach to knitwear design. Detailed table of contents helps you find needed information quickly. Gives you detailed background information to consider when planning your design - importance of larger swatching to calculate gage, fiber type, stitch type, needle size and how they all interact to give you the finished product you want. Math formulas are given to calucuate increase and decrease placement and are easy to understand. All types of knit wear sillouttes as well as necklines, sleeves, collars, and sleeve openings are discussed with detailed information on planning each.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Fabulous book if you want to learn knitwear design

    Shirley Paden is without doubt a fabulous designer and this book is the book for all would-be designers to have. From the spiral binding to the detailed description of the design process all the way through how to create the perfectly structured garment with high fashion styling proves that this is one of the best, if not THE best, design book available to knitters. You have to see this book to appreciate its content. The author steps you through the process of sketching, measuring, determining silhouette and garment structure choices, choosing fiber and stitch patterns, charting and pattern drafting. She even shares with the reader some of her most famous designs which have appeared in Vogue and Knitters magazines over the years. Even for advanced knitters, there is must knowledge imparted and many many techniques and structural elements to be learned. Buy this book. You can't have a knitting library without it. It's sure to become a collector's item.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    must have!!!!

    This is absolutely a must have. I actually was lucky enough to find this book at my local library and checked it out. Ive had it for about a week and i realized i do have to take it back and buy my own copy. Its easy to read and all the calculations are worked through step by step as well as how to double check your calculations. Ive already designed my own top and it is coming along as planned. this is about the only knitting book i may ever NEED again!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    It is extremely rare that I give any book or movie the highest r

    It is extremely rare that I give any book or movie the highest rating! But this is an amazing book. I have knitted for over 30 yrs, re-worked and re-sized patterns and even taught beginning and Intermediate knitting. I would say this if for the advanced knitter... EXCEPT that there is great information for any level of knitter. It explains in detail how to make AND measure a guage swatch, and how important it is to do it every time. It also explains things so that most people should be able to -re-size designer patterns that they really want to make. Or if skilled enough to easily make their own creations!

    Only thing I found ridiculus was the need to explain Grade-School math! If you are over 8 yrs old with a basic education you should know how to measure and calculate square inches or centimeters etc... They even give 'example' equations! This was a waste of space in the book that could have been used for knitting! If you can't do the most basic math you will probablly not understand this book in it's entirety.

    I highly recommend this book! Good luck!

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