Thursday, February 21, 2008
I am currently reading Ann Budd's "The Knitter's Book of Sweater Patterns. Although it contains patterns for 18 different sweaters, it delves into knitting a sweater with your own measurements, your choice of yarn and with the gauge that you choose. This is a different approach from most typical pattern books where the sizes are predetermined and if your body does not fit the standard sizes you must turn into a math wizard to alter the pattern. Then it still may not fit way you want. Been there, done that. The book covers drop shoulder, modified drop-shoulder, set-in sleeve, saddle shoulder, raglan and seamless yoke style sweaters. Detailed and easy to read charts provide a range of sizes from a small child through large adult and includes yarn requirements in yards and meters, stitches needed for cast on per gauge chosen, from 3 to 7 stitches per inch, increases, decreases and binds offs for armhole, shoulder and neck shaping. Schematics are included with sizing as well a examples of sweaters showing different treatments such as edgings, crew, v-neck, basic split and side split collars, vest and cardigans. I plan to put the ideas from this book to work. I have chosen two patterns, both summer tops, a camisole and tank. Both patterns need major adjustments.