Whether we're a hand or machine knitter, this comprehensive guide to hand knits will teach all we need to know to design knitwear with a perfect individual fit. From the initial spark of inspiraration to the sewing of the last seam, Shirley Paden guides us through the knitwear design process. The book is based on successful workshops she teaches to the fashion industry in new York. Instructions for five projects demonstrate how the techniques learned can translate into individual designs. We learn to design garments with sleeve heads that fit, how to work out stitches and rows plus all forms of shaping. Full blocking diagrams with all mathematical calculations are included in detail. This book is for those who want to modify instructions, make a garment that fits perfectly, design their own traditional knitwear or create stunning works of wearable art. This priceless information is a gem for any knitter's library.-Machine Knitting Monthly Would you like to design your own knitwear, but feel a little hesitant? This fabulous book will give the confidence boost you need. Based on workshopls which Shirley Paden teaches to the New York fashion industry, the book is worth poring over for initial design inspiration and then keeping by your side for a practical 'how to' guide for everything from sleeve formation to understanding garment measurements. The book is presented in spiral-bound format, making it easy to leave open at a vital page.-The Knitter
About the Author
Once an executive in the corporate world, Shirley Paden left it all behind 15 years ago to pursue a career in knitwear design. Today Shirley is the owner and founder of Shirley Paden Custom Knits in New York City. She teaches master knitting classes for the fashion industry and conducts seminars on lace, entrelac, cables, color knitting, and finishing techniques. Her designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Knitter’s magazines and she was the subject of a profile in 2004. She has been a guest on public television’s Knitting Daily TV (2010). Knitwear Design Workshop is her first, much-awaited book. She lives in New York City.