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The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd
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Oct 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: knitting, needlecrafts

Making sweaters seems to be a requisite part of the "being a knitter" package. This is my favorite beginner-friendly book to indoctrinate you into the sweater culture. Ann Budd's book provides a lot of background detail that would benefit a beginner to sweater making, whether you choose to follow one of the patterns or design your own sweater using the "formulas."

The subtitle of this book is "Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges." It's basically a sweater recipe book. The designs included are Drop-Shoulder Sweaters, Modified Drop-Shoulder Sweaters, Set-In Sleeve Sweaters, Saddle-Shoulder Sweaters, Raglan Sweaters, and Seamless Yoke Sweaters. Each design includes guidelines for creating that style of sweater in child and adult sizes based on a stockinette gauge of 3-7 stitches/inch, and a cardigan variation. There are also tips for several variations of ribbing, necklines, edgings, and waist shaping throughout the book. There are some additional patterns ("copy cats") in each chapter.

This book seems like the intermediary between following patterns and completely creating your own designs. It talks you through the number of stitches to cast on, when to shape armholes, sleeves, etc. But there is also design advice sprinkled throughout. It also has a great book design. It is a hardcover, spiral-bound book so it lays flat, and it includes an elastic marker to keep your place. There's also a pocket in the back where presumably you would keep notes. There are many full color photos and each pattern sample is photographed on a model.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars as a beginner design book and a beginner sweater book.
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