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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (15 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060061638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600616382
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Debbie Abrahams is renowned for her vibrant, contemporary hand-knit designs that have inspired knitters all over the world. She has a keen eye for colour and stitch detail, which has resulted in unique designs for knitters of all abilities. Previously a Design Consultant Manager for Rowan Yarns, Debbie now enjoys teaching and encouraging knitters to keep the craft of hand-knitting alive.

Debbie's most popular titles include 'Blankets & Throws to Knit' (9781855859661), 'More Blankets and Throws to Knit' ('25 Cushions to Knit' (9781843401576) and 25 Beaded Knits '9781843404248'


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About the Author

Debbie Abrahams graduated from Nottingham Trent University, UK,
with a degree in Knitwear Design. After working as a buyer for a major
retailer she joined Rowan Yarns, progressing to become their Design
Consultant Manager. Debbie has worked as a freelance knitting designer
since 2005, and this is her fifth book.
Location: Nottingham, England

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gwyneth Davies on 18 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I really like this book. It is logical and easy to follow and does not use the "you are holding your needles in the wrong way" mentality I usually find in books about design. It is for the new generation of knitters who want to start to design their own projects and as a beginner in this area myself, I was particularly pleased to find socks and hats as well as sweaters, so I can start with something easy and work towards the more difficult areas.
There is a lovely section about colour and finding inspiration, beautifully illustrated with photographs and reproduction of paintings.
There is also a lot of graph paper to practice on, which, if like me, you are fond of intarsia and fairisle, you will find useful. I have not used the proportional graph paper and was interested to see how much easier it is to transfer a design using this paper.
I have tried to design a sweater myself in the past, without much success with the sleeves, reading this book I can see why, for which I am really grateful and can't wait to try again.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Welsh on 27 Mar. 2008
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This is an amazingly readable book, with clear but not patronising explanations; deals with design basics such as how to measure precisely, and to work out shapings. The section on specification drawing was particularly helpful for me, as was the discussion of choice of yarn for texture and drape, and the guidance on calculating yarn quantities.
Demonstrates all principles and techniques with very clear diagrams and schematics.
Has given me (after 35 years of knitting!) the confidence finally to design a garment myself. Thanks and well-done, Debbie!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Little Acorn on 8 May 2012
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Simply fabulous. As an addicted knitter I've attempted design before and failed miserably. This book answers all my questions by taking an easy to follow approach without being patronising.......(so many knitting books take you right back to complete beginner knitter stage and this does not). I'm sure my next design attempt will be much more successful, now I have the help with shaping and sizing. The special knitters graph paper at the back is really hard to get hold of now, so I was really pleased this was also included. Basic shapes and then the adaptations for different sleeve types, necklines, and lots of hints and tips are included. Would recommend.
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