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Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits
     

Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits

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by Shirley Paden
 

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Now in paperback, Shirley Paden’s bestselling book Knitwear Design Workshop is the perfect knitting resource.

This book explores the various techniques involved in designing handknitted garments with a perfect individual fit. Knitters at all levels who want to go beyond blindly following commercial pattern instructions will fall in love (all over

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Now in paperback, Shirley Paden’s bestselling book Knitwear Design Workshop is the perfect knitting resource.

This book explores the various techniques involved in designing handknitted garments with a perfect individual fit. Knitters at all levels who want to go beyond blindly following commercial pattern instructions will fall in love (all over again) with Knitwear Design Workshop, which pays special attention to knitters who would want to design their own traditional garments, stunning works of wearable art, experiment with garment shaping, write commercial patterns, or simply want to understand how to make minor modifications to commercial patterns. Conveniently, there are no prerequisites for using this book; instead, beginning with the first chapter, readers are guided through the different phases of the design process starting with the initial inspiration followed by a summary of the key design elements.

Every step of the design process is detailed and illustrated for clarity and readers will enjoy instructions for four garments, used to illustrate the steps for designing and knitting garments that fit. With open arms and creative minds, welcome back—again—this gorgeous paperback edition of Knitwear Design Workshop.

Editorial Reviews

Knitcircus Magazine

Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design.

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596687967
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
894,881
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(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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Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KnittingKnut More than 1 year ago
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.
Tiffny More than 1 year ago
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!
TextileWiz1 More than 1 year ago
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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