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A Knitter's Template Paperback – 13 Jan 2003

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Good concept but disappointing 3 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The description of this book sounded good---six different body templates with three different armhole setting and gauges ranging from 2 to 6 stitches/inch in half stitch increments; I thought it would be something like Ann Budd's eminently user-friendly book "The Knitter's Book of Handy Patterns" except offering other sweater style options than that book did (i.e., straight up and down sweater with set-in sleeves). I didn't know how the authors would do it since sweater side shaping is dependent on row gauge and the wearer's proportions which are highly individualistic, but I was hoping for something better than what was presented, especially since the price level of this book is high compared to other knitting books. Here is what you get:

. A body schematic chart to record your relevant body measurments (shoulder width, chest, waist, hips, back length, armhole depth, etc.)
. A table with sizes by chest measurement showing their standardized body measurements on which their instruction tables are based.
. A blank pattern sheet for you to copy and then fill in with the appropriate data.
. Instruction tables (one table per stitch gauge) showing relevant numbers to fill in at specific points in your blank pattern sheet. Examples: how many stitches to bind off at the start of your armhole and decrease rate up to shoulder; inc/dec rate if your style has side-shaping. Warning--the tables are set up only to vary by stitch gauge, the row gauge is fixed, so you may have to change their increase/decrease numbers if your row gauge doesn't match. For example, the table for 5 stitches/inch has an assumed row gauge of 7 1/2 rows/inch. Also, if your length proportions vary from their standardardized proportions, you have to make adjustments.
The above portion of the book, along with some general guidelines on how to implement occupy only about half of the book, the rest are actual designs the authors have done with novelty yarns using the template idea. The designs didn't appeal to my taste and didn't look especially well-fitting on the models.
My advice is unless you really like the sample designs, your time and money would be better spent with a calculator, a piece of paper, pencil, measuring tape, your swatch, and perhaps a favorite sweater or a piece of readywear as your template.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Most Valuable Resource 1 May 2003
By cynthia crescenzo - Published on
Format: Paperback
We have a knitting store in manhattan. we are extremely selective about the books we carry. everyone who works in the store owns a copy and we suggest it to all of our customers. this book is invaluable as it allows you to adjust and create patterns. the format carefully takes you through the entire process from selecting yarns, to determining gauge, to creating a pattern. in particular, it gives you great confidence and supports the use of a wide range of yarns, from the traditional to the novelty. this book also encourages holding many yarns together for a truly unique garment.we suggest this book for all levels of experience.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A Knitter's Template 22 April 2003
By Karen Park - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I think the authors out did themselves. I am a knitter that tends to buy & hoard yarn and figure out what to do with it later; or see a pattern and wait to find a yarn. This often leads to the problem of mismatched gauges and needle sizes. I'm short with a broad back and so I generally fit in between pattern sizes. I apparently knit looser than most because I rarely use the suggested needle size for a garment.

I am working on my second garment using this book and found the preconstruction work quick and painless. I had already gotten my measurements for the first garment and could just move on. The yardage chart is very helpful and not in every book.
The photos are beautiful-especially of the yarns themselves. I find this very inspiring. I love to use novelty yarns but sometimes only as an accent or to blend. The authors seem to understand this.
I think I am a pretty clever knitter but the authors have ideas and suggestions I am not sure I would have come up with on my own; like the "stripe sequence" in the Arroyo Avenue sweater as well as several in the Changing the Tone chapter.
I don't think I will ever have to worry about finding the right pattern again! I will make my own with complete confidence that the end product will fit perfect and look the way I want it to.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not JUST a template 2 Nov. 2003
By Joanna Daneman - Published on
Format: Paperback
The title of this book is modestly deceiving; there are not only templates for garments, there are examples to use eyelash and fur yarn. Some of the patterns are "fur" jackets, long coats, jackets with cuffs and more. If you like to do stylish knitting, and you like to shop for yarn, not entirely sure what to do with it, this book is excellent. With the templates in hand, you can create a unique garment. Particularly recommended for people who love novelty yarns.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
It's a Winner! 6 May 2004
By Sheri Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
I rate this book right up there with The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. One of the best tools yet! Kudos to Barry Klein, Laura Bryant and all the other contributors to this wonderful book. It is nice to see books that more advanced AND beginners can use equally.
There are gauge and measurement charts for a variety of yarns and pattern styles and garment sizes, pluse some basic well written patterns that allow for lots of embellishments and customization by the knitter.
Buy it and enjoy it! You won't be sorry.
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