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The New Knitters Template [Spiral-bound]

Laura Militzer Bryant , Barry Klein
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Book Description

15 Oct 2010
Back by popular demand, this is the must-have guidebook for anyone who wants to stitch knits that fit and flatter! Choose from nine gauges and 16 sizes as you create stunning garments with stylish detail and flattering fits. Not only does this edition include all the techniques and templates from the original book, it also includes dozens more tips, and templates that are bound to get your creativity flowing.


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  • Spiral-bound: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale; Spi edition (15 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680102
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 22.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Militzer Bryant has been creating fantastic knitted designs with her company Prism Arts since 1984. Barry Klein runs Trendsetter Yarns, a craft shop dedicated to bringing its customers the most luxurious yarns.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For experienced knitter's ONLY 28 Oct 2010
By Barbara Rhoades TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Spiral-bound
I would only recommend this book to a knitter who feels they are VERY experienced. This book is way beyond my knitting capabilities. I do not make knitted clothing so it talks of things I know nothing about.

In reading through it, I understand that it would be very helpful to someone who knits sweaters, vests or coats as it goes into details regarding body measurements and contains a blank pattern worksheet for helping the knitter remember all the numbers needed to fit a garment properly. It also tells you how to figure out what size you are and a yardage chart for the yarn needed.

There is a section on gauge which is important for making sure your garment fits. There is even a section on custom knits which show you different stitch types. The final section is how to work with a template and then the templates themselves.

Don't forget, this book is spiral bound so you can lay it open without having to use a paperweight to keep it open or worse yet, break the binding. All in all, it is a very comprehensive book but only for those whose skills are advanced enough to create garments.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for re-sizing and re-styling & designing basic styles 19 Aug 2010
By J. Korte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
At first glance, this book seems disappointing. But it's actually an extremely valuable book -- it's just that it's mostly meat & potatoes where most knitting books sell themselves on inspiration. You have to work through and actually knit a sweater using this book to appreciate its value.

When most knitters think of templates, they think of diagrams with dimensions noted. However, many knitters would not knit from these diagrams -- they prefer detailed, row by row instructions.

This book aims to help the math-challenged create their own line by line patterns. So, after the introductory discussions about styles, shapes, design details etc. come the templates -- a full two page spread (spiral binding makes it easy to read them) for each of 9 st gauges (from 6 to 2 sts per in) and a spread of adult sizes from chest 30 in to 60 in detailing how to knit the shaping for armholes, sleeves and sleeve caps, v's and other neck lines etc. including cropped, boxy and a-line body shapes.

While its fairly easy to calculate the basic # sts for a given chest size, calculating the rate of inc/dec for an a-line shape for a variety of sizes is not as straightforward -- and calculating armhole and sleeve shaping for a set in sleeve for various sizes is even less so.

This book is definitely of interest to someone writing their own knitting pattern, or for someone who has to constantly size-up or size-down standard patterns to fit a loved one who falls outside typical size ranges. Yardage estimates by gauge/size are also provided.

The one garment I made using this template came out the correct size. I have not checked all their numbers for accuracy but, assuming a low error rate, this is a very useful book.

Note: This is a new edition of a previous book, A Knitter's Template: Easy Steps to Great-Fitting Garments which has nearly all 5-star reviews.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Knitter's Template 19 Sep 2010
By tmtrvlr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
First of all, I loved that the book is hard bound with the pages spiral bound inside so that the book will lay flat. This is not your ordinary pattern book. The book starts with 7 simple steps to create that perfect custom garment. All patterns are knitted bottom up with the ability to use different neckline and body styles. There is information on sizing, measurements, and it has a yarn yardage chart.

There are several worksheets to make copies and fill out. There is a Body Measurement chart and a blank pattern worksheet to record all of the information for each project.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the finished measurement chart without success. This is the chart that enables the knitter to determine the correct size. This book is not going to be for every knitter. I found it limiting and very confusing, but there are some very good tips in the book. There are also several lovely stitch designs with photographs of the design knitted up into swatches.

Although I found this book confusing, I would recommend checking out the "Look Inside" feature here on Amazonto see if this is a style of pattern you would be able to follow.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Knitter's Template 17 Sep 2010
By Crazy Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
I wanted to get the updated version of the Knitter's Template by Barry Klein and Laura Bryant. I had purchased the original version in 2008. I love the binding of the book -- can be opened and stay opened without using any props or damaging the binding. If you don't have the original version, this is an excellent book for designing sweaters where your top and bottom are not in proportion. However, there were some great patterns in the first book that were not included int the "new" version. Photo's of stitches are much clearer in the "new" version. Guess I expected more in this revision rather than less.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book 16 Oct 2010
By Doreen L. Marquart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
This is the perfect book for those who purchase the yarn before the pattern! By using the templates in the back, a gauge swatch can be knitted, a size selected, and the corresponding numbers can simply be plugged into the style of sweater one wants to make.

Some people may find this book abit too technical and it definitely is not for everyone (especially a beginner), but for those who like to venture off on their own and not always follow a specific pattern, this is a great book to help in designing a one of a kind garment! The ring binding allows the book to lay flat so it is extremely easy to work from. Gives you many options to choose from and helps you select which will best flatter your own shape. Tons of hints on how to make your garment look "professional". If you want to design your own sweater....start by reading this book!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Templates Do the Pattern-Writing Math for Different Yarn Gauges 3 Aug 2012
By Lynne E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
The NEW KNITTER'S TEMPLATE is a book of charts intended for experienced knitters to use in designing various styles of garments, in yarns of different gauges, to fit bust/chest sizes 30" to 60". The book is not so much about achieving custom fit, as it is about telling a knitter how many stitches to cast on, increase, and decrease to obtain the desired size and shape of a standard knitted garment component (e.g., back, front, sleeve) when using different gauges of yarn.

The authors provide a schematic "Style Diagram" drawing showing basic knitted garment styles (e.g., straight body back, v-neck front, cap sleeve). This schematic is used in conjunction with a "Blank Pattern Worksheet" and "The Templates" to create garments with specific bust/chest measurements using yarns of different gauges. The knitter takes her/his body measurements, selects a style out of the possible components, and then chooses a bust/chest size depending on the amount of ease desired. At this point, the knitter goes to the template for the yarn gauge (e.g., 5-1/2 stitches and 7-1/2 rows equals 1 inch), and finds the column headed by the selected bust/chest size (e.g., 36 inches). The knitter can then find the number of stitches to cast on, increase, and decrease (including number of times to increase and decrease) for each standard-shaped component part for the selected style. The knitter then writes these numbers down in the appropriate areas of the pattern worksheet. Voila! The knitter now has a pattern for the project.

Basically, the templates do the math for the knitter. They substitute for a software "sloper" (e.g., Cochenille's top-of-the-line "Garment Designer"), which will write out knitting instructions after the knitter selects a style and inputs figures for body measurements and yarn gauge into appropriate fields. But unlike the software programs, the NEW KNITTER'S TEMPLATE does NOT give templates for garments that will "custom fit" persons with "non-standard" body measurements (e.g., small bust, wide hips). Instead, the templates are based only on bust/chest size and standard garment component shapes. If a knitter has wide hips and simply follows the directions for the bust/chest measurement, the knitter will end up with a garment that is too narrow at the hips.

The NEW KNITTER'S TEMPLATE does include a few pages of general discussion about adding ease to various styles, to help the knitter choose the appropriate template to follow in compensating for different body types. However, I found the book to be difficult to use, and to be little more than a collection of pattern-writing charts. For these reasons, I rate it at 3 stars ("it's okay" on the official Amazon scale). If you're looking for a book that will really help you achieve a custom fit, by making a personal pattern based on your specific body measurements, then you might want to consider Jean Frost's excellent Custom Knit Jackets: Casual to Couture.
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