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Knitting from the Top [Paperback]

Barbara G. Walker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. March 7 2013
Format:Paperback
I tend not to buy pattern books, as I am not a pattern-follower-type. This book is a recipe book for how to design your own sweaters. It's a fantastic resource. Coupled with Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop, you'll have enough information on how to knit top-down or bottom-up sweaters with only your own imagination as the limit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this before it is out of print again! Feb. 27 2014
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This is one of the best technical instruction books for knitters I have seen. It is written in a precise, accurate manner. Whatever you wish to knit from the top down, instructions are there, to the point, without embellishment. Every knitter who has been disappointed with results of a purchased pattern, will find solace in this brilliantly simple book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book Jan. 23 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I grew up watching my Russian grandmother knit everything from the top down. In fact, like many Russians, she's never even considered knitting from the bottom up. I myself have always been too scared and lazy to bother with calculations, so I followed printed patterns. I don't find grafting and weaving difficult, but at the same time I found that adding seams to babies' and kids' garments is unappealing. If yarn is bulky, and the size is small, seams become obtrusive. So, I got B. Walker's book, read it from cover to cover, and now I am knitting a skirt from it for my little daughter. The book is absolutely clear and comprehensive without being too wordy. My only "complaint" is that it has no pictures of actual garments, only diagrams. I would have loved to see some pictures of the described designs.
Beginners, take note - this book assumes that you know how to cast on, cast off, increase, decrease, etc. If still unfamiliar with basic techniques, you will need another intro book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why knit from the top down? April 10 2001
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
EVERYONE begins a sweater from the ribbing up, right? Wrong, Barbara Walker takes you through a method to start from the neck down. This isn't just to be contrary, there are definite benefits to knitting top down.
One thing you can do is check the length while trying it on. Yes, you can do this. Put the unfinished stitches on a strand of yarn and slip the sweater over your head (or the head of the recipient.) You will quickly see how much more you need to knit, or whether you should add "short rows" (extra half rows that add a bit of ease) to cover a tummy or get rid of the dreaded riding up in the back. The book has methods for saddle shoulder sweaters (easy the top down way), raglan, drop sleeves, etc.
The book also has great methods for doing leggings, tights, skirts and other items you might want to knit but don't know how to. With a simple gauge-and-circumference technique you can make nearly any garment for anyone.
This is a revised edition. The original had some very dated 70's patterns and the new edition has been modernized.
192 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitters, Take Control of Your Craft! Nov. 11 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reading this book has helped me to grow from a "blind follower" of others' patterns to a thinking knitter. I despise fininshing knitted garments and have been able to avoid all but the most insignificant finishing tasks by using Walker's seamless designs. The designs are easily adapted to fit anybody from infant to adult ( and I should know -- I have four children ranging in age from 18 mos. to 11 years!). Walker's books are invaluable to knitters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love, but a word of caution May 21 2006
By Seed Beader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love this book, and love the idea of finally being able to make a sweater that fits! But a word of caution to other visual learners out there- this books contains very few illustrations and pictures. Most of the information you are supposed to gain is hidden away in fairly lengthy (in my opinion) descriptions. So if you are a visual learner, be prepared to read carefully, try the instructions, frog your work and re-try.

But the gains very much so outweigh the temporary inconveniences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless and made to fit! March 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hate sewing up? Never quite sure if it's the right length? Want to line up designs in the lower border with the pattern in the body? Then knit from the top. If your body's shaped like mine, patterns just don't fit and after you've done all that shaping at the top, who wants to undo it! With this method you make this decision at the end and make it having tried on the garment. I don't think I'll ever knit a sweater the other way. Best of all - no seams!
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