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The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns [Spiral-bound]

Ann Budd
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Book Description

Sept. 1 2004
Created for knitters who want standard sweater patterns in a variety of sizes and gauges, as well as those who want a template from which to develop their own designs, this book provides easy-to-follow charted instructions for 18 sweaters, three in each of the six most popular sweaters constructions. Each style is then provided in 15 sizes ranging from toddler to large adult, then further divided into six possible gauges: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 stitches per inch combining for 90 options for each of the six styles, or 540 patterns in all. The cardigan and neckline variations make for more than 1,000 patterns. Detailed schematics for finished dimensions are included, along with a glossary of techniques and a chapter on design considerations. This is a definitive resource for the passionate sweater knitter.

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"Ann Budd frees a knitter to pick up any yarn and create a custom garment...Sounds handy to me." - Knitters Magazine

"This, my friends, is the Better Home and Gardens of sweater pattern books... It's a book worth reading and absorbing." - Knitter's Review

"Easy-to-read instructions... Great for anyone who wants to design their own garment...a very valuable resource." - Knitting News

"The bible for those who are beginning to design their own sweaters." - Knitting.AllInfoAbout.com

"You will love this book... This could easily be the last sweater pattern book you will buy." - Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot

"With this book, if you can dream it you can knit it." - Planet Purl

About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful June 8 2006
While the sweaters shown in this book are not very attractive, the principles illustrated are very useful. It's a handy guide for doing your own thing using basic shapes and sizes. THe possibilities are endless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for any serious knitter April 11 2014
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Ann Budd's books allow the knitter to be creative with different gauges of yarn without having to do a lot of math!
Easy to read and allows you to knit all sizes of sweaters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed! May 22 2012
By Heather TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have very thin people to knit for, and very large ones, too. I have basic pattern recipes around here and there, but can never find exactly what I need when I need it. This is the basics in one book, ready for me to use and add whatever colour/pattern I'm trying out. Another good reference book. Not exciting patterns, but useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 3 2014
By R. R.
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Item arrived as described, fast delivery. A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chockful of really useful information Aug. 2 2004
By sfknitter - Published on Amazon.com
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I know many (I for one) are happy this highly anticipated book came out earlier than the stated release date and it is even more packed with so much good information than Ann Budd's first book of ...Handy Book of Knitting Patterns. Some initial good points about the book: many sweater "palettes" are presented, there's many side points within each section - like how to convert a yarn gauge of yours that isn't included in the book to one that is compatible to a gauge, there's eighteen sweaters knitted up in different yarns that are shown in clear photos, different styles of necks, sleeves, bodies are set out and explained, and! so much more! And for those familiar with the first book - there is an even nicer (deeper) inside pocket provided. The same spiral format is kept which will help in your designing/decision making of your sweater(s). Don't let the higher price point scare you away - the information in this great book more than makes up for the cost.
133 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Handy Sweater Book: The Sequel! You need it.. Aug. 26 2004
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
I love Ann Budd's first book "The Handy Book of Knitting Patterns" which are small patterns such as gloves, hats, mittens, scarves and vests. Most people asked for a sweater book to follow, with basic patterns in all sizes, from kids to big adults. Here it is.

You can take a raglan, a cardigan, a drop sleeve pullover or many other traditional styles like yoke-sweaters and knit either the basic pattern shown, or embellish it with your own texture, color or lace stitches. Ideas are given how to do the modifications.

The book is spiral bound with hard board covers, and an elastic band to mark your place. This is the kind of book that never leaves the knitting bag, and in particular if you go shopping to add yarn to your "stash", this book could assist you in visualizing projects and more importantly, buying the right amount of yarn. That way, when you pull the yarn from storage on a cold winter day when you want to start something new, you will have pattern, yarn and ideas all handy, thanks to this book. A real winner, and absolutely a great gift if you know any new knitters.
79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable! March 18 2005
By K. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
If you are tired of knitting from patterns and want to branch out into your own designs, this is the book you need to help you get started! It picks up where _The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns_ left off, including several different types of sweater construction, finishing ideas, necklines and collar types. Ann Budd explains the concept of ease, how to design shaping, and how to get a custom fit. The sample patterns provide a good source of inspiration for how you can use these "recipes" to make a unique garment. Highly recommended!
100 of 107 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaping not included Jan. 3 2005
By Josefiney - Published on Amazon.com
I was excited to get this book because I already own and love Ann Budd's previous book, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I was dismayed to find shaping absent from all the patterns in this volume, which is the trickiest part of sweater design. I like fitted sweaters, but these instructions are only for basic, unshaped sweaters.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner! Due to become a classic. Sept. 17 2004
By A. Bish - Published on Amazon.com
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I've a;ways been the type of knitter who has felt that if it is going to look like something I got at TJ MAXX then why go through the trouble and expense of handknitting it. I want my sweaters to be unique one of a kind creations full of my personal touches. My close friend on the other hand wants her handknits to look like she got them from Lands End (of Land of Conservative I'd say). We both love this book! I think she is ordering her own copy right now after keeping mine for three weeks. Using this book we can both end up with sweaters that fit, but with our own personal touches. You need to have this book in your knitting library, whether you already have 100 books or you only have one.
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