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If you're tired of making sweaters with sleeves that are the wrong length, necklines that droop, armholes that are too tight, and an overall look that's not quite right, then let Seater Design in Plain English come to your rescue. In clear, straightforward terms, Maggie Righettie shares her knitting know-how and good fashion sense so that, no matter what your knitting level, you can overcome the fear of failure, avoid costly mistakes, adapt already-existing patterns, and plan and create sweaters that really fit ...

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If you're tired of making sweaters with sleeves that are the wrong length, necklines that droop, armholes that are too tight, and an overall look that's not quite right, then let Seater Design in Plain English come to your rescue. In clear, straightforward terms, Maggie Righettie shares her knitting know-how and good fashion sense so that, no matter what your knitting level, you can overcome the fear of failure, avoid costly mistakes, adapt already-existing patterns, and plan and create sweaters that really fit and look terrific-sweaters that will be worn for many years to come. Topics and techniques include:

-Understanding the nature of yarn and pattern stitches

-Choosing the most flattering color and design for the wearer

-Taking accurate body measurements

-Estimating the amount of yarn you'll need

-How to tell whether or not a sweater will look good on you-before you start to knit

-How to alter printed patterns so they really fit

-How to understand the mathematics of gauge and pattern design

-Plus start-to-finish instructions for thirteen classic sweaters

Each technique is illustrated with clear diagrams, sketches, or photographs. Complete with conversion charts and a personal-measurements record-keeping section, Sweater Design in Plain English takes the guesswork out of every creative knitting effort.

Righetti explains in clear, straightforward style how to choose the colors and styles that will most flatter one's figure and describes the properties of various yearns and stitch patterns, calling attention to those that may sag, droop or otherwise ruin the creative effort. 120 line illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312051648
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Righetti, a certified knitting and crochet instructor, is the author of Knitting in Plain English, Crocheting in Plain English, and Universal Yarn Finder. She lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where she ran her own knitting design company.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    A great place to start with sweater design

    Maggie Righetti's book is great for anyone new at sweater design. Her writing is very friendly and makes you feel like you're in the same room having a conversation with her. Her design tips are written assuming you're making a knitted sweater, but only a basic knowledge of knitting (like the difference between ribbing and stockinette) is plenty to make it completely understandable and applicable for crochet as well.

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