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Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges [Hardcover-spiral]

Ann Budd
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Book Description

Aug. 21 2012
Fiber and yarn enthusiasts nationwide will celebrate Ann Budd’s latest addition to The Knitter’s Handy Book series. Answering to a growing interest in knitting sweaters from the top down and knitting seamless sweaters that require little finishing, this handy book offers instructions for knitting five basic sweater types: circular yoke, raglan, modified-drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges and for a broad age group.

Following the basics for each of the five sweater types are three diverse patterns from top designers that illustrate some of the many ways that instructions can be used as springboards for creative expression, including color, texture, and shaping variations.

Also included for intermediate to advanced knitters are personal design touches, detailed charts, clear instruction, and quick tips to expand knitting possibilities and maintain creative originality. A key reference for knitters of all skill levels, this is the new essential knitting resource on your bookshelf.

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Praise for Ann Budd's previous title, "Sock Knitting Master Class" ..".the patterns! Beautiful, yet functional stitch designs and fun colors. This is a complete book." - "CraftGossip.com" "Some features I particularly like in the book: each pattern has a box listing the different techniques used in the pattern; An overview of different styles of creating parts of the sock, such as a few different heel types, toes, and cuff treatments; both top-down and toe-up construction techniques; a handy DVD in the back. If you are looking for some great new sock patterns or just looking to get started knitting socks, this book is sure to have what you need." - "A Woolie Tale yarn shop" "You think you already know everything there is to know about socks? After all, there are a multitude of sock books on the market these days, perfectly good books. You know everything. Except...do you really? Most (though not all) sock books I own are either filled with patterns with not a whole lot of time spent on technique, or they're full of guidance but with blah patterns. Of course, some do hit the balance between pattern and technique. Some are fairly exhaustive, in fact, and you may already have them on your shelves. But...they're not THIS book. First, this book is by Ann Budd, a genius in our time..."Master Class" is the right name!" - "KnittingScholar.com" "It's not often that I scoop a book from the top of the review pile and take it home with me, and it's even less common for me to sit down and read it right away. But with sock knitting on my mind, I was intrigued, so last night I sat down to peruse this over a cup of tea. I was absolutely delighted to see that the first chapter of the book is devoted to explaining the whys and wherefores of sock construction. Top-down or toe-up? She's got it covered. Heel flap, short row or afterthought heel? Ditto. Want to choose from a pointed toe, a spiral or star toe, or a toe band? She's got your back with that, too.

About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of Sock Knitting Master Class, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style. She is also the 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner July 15 2013
By Monica
Format:Hardcover-spiral|Verified Purchase
This is more of a puzzle book than the pattern book I was hoping for. The book is broken down into the elements of the sweater, and then as the knitter, you have to piece the different elements together by flipping through the book. Great if you are comfortable and know more than the basics. Also great if you're comfortable with mathematics and the technical side of knitting. Not so great if you just want to pick a pattern and knit. I have owned this book for months now, and have yet to work a single stitch. Guess which category I belong to. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Took me a bit March 23 2013
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I'm new to knitting sweaters, and it took me a bit, but the illustrations really helped and the patterns are easy to follow once you get the hang of it.

I like how you can 'see' how its coming together as you knit. Rather than pieces that have to be put together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Down Sweaters Jan. 15 2013
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Beautiful book, great concept, no more seams! Designs for many different styles and tastes. I am sure I will get lots of use from this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best knitting book April 11 2014
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I love these books by Ann Budd. I can knit any sweater with all different types of yarn without doing a lot of math!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great patterns March 27 2013
By HQP
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I love the book. The instructions are clear and the patterns are very nice.
I am a novice and I have been following the patterns with ease.
Thank you Ann for this wonderful book.
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