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Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design: Working from a Master Pattern to Fashion Your Own Knits (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer) [Paperback]

Sharon Turner
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8 Feb 2008 Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer (Book 8)

A book that takes knitters step by step to the next level

According to the Craft Yarn Council of America, more than one–third of American women know how to knit or crochet. This book shows knitters how to create custom–fitted, one–of–a–kind items that express their personal style. It starts with basic designs and patterns for hats, sweaters, mittens, and other popular items and walks readers through making modifications. Topics include working with gauge, modifying sleeves and necklines, changing yarns or stitch patterns, and adding cables, stripes, beads, or other embellishments to jazz up the design.

Sharon Turner (Brooklyn, NY), author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting (0–7645–9640–3) and Monkeysuits (1–56158–493–2), designs some of the most vibrant and brilliantly colored children’s knitwear available today. She sells her patterns and kits through yarn stores and online at

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (8 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470068175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470068175
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 20 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are lots of stylish knitting patterns out there, but sometimes you want to do your own thing. Maybe you′ve found a yarn that would make a beautiful hat, and all you need are basic directions for shaping. Or maybe you′ve had your eye on a cute sweater in a store window and know that you can make a better version yourself—if you could only figure out the measurements. This handy guide demystifies all that knitting math and shows you how to knit custom–fitted, one–of–a–kind fashions that express your style. Master patterns for hats, sweaters, scarves, shawls, bags, mittens, vests, and socks lay out the basic construction for each item in a range of sizes; you choose the yarn and decide which modifications and customizations you want to make.

Precise master patterns show you all the steps involved in constructing handknits

  • Master patterns give instructions for multiple sizes and gauges
  • A number of shaping, edgings, and stitch patterns accompany each master pattern
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance
  • Tables take the work out of knitting math
  • Step–by–step instructions accompany each photo
  • Color photos, illustrations, and diagrams demonstrate important concepts

About the Author

SHARON TURNER, author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting and Monkeysuits, designs some of the most vibrant and imaginative knitwear available today. She sells her patterns and kits through yarn stores and online at

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book in knitting design 20 Oct 2007
For those of you who would like to try your hand at designing your own knitwear or alter a pattern you have, this book is a gem. It has it all, step by step instructions,clear diagrams,close up illustrations and photos.
The book explores designing scarfs, shawls, hats, socks,mittens, gloves, hand warmers, vests tops, sweaters, altering master patterns and designing your own knitwear. Whilst the yarn weights and needle size are in american as a UK knitter I found that it is was quite straight forward to convert to english equivalents.
The book ends with an appendix with a wide variety of techniques and embellishments including felting. This book has enabled me to not only knit garments I saw in my mind's eye but to alter patterns so that they fitted me. I am delighted that I own this book and would say that following Ms Turner's comprehensive book your knitting is definately in goods hands.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book offering yarn freedom 14 Aug 2010
This wook is really great, and I am so pleased with it. As fitting with the rest of the book series, this book is clearly illustrated, and easy to follow. However, the most important factor for me, was the freedom it allows you when chosing which wool to knit with.
Alot of books you buy with knitting patterns in them, are produced to be made up with a particular make of wool. Sometimes, these are hard to get hold of, especially if the book is a few years old, and the wool has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Then you are in the tricky position of having to find substitution yarns that knit up to a similar tension gauge.
This book is special, because you can knit the patterns with any type of wool, working by tension gauge, not yarn make. For each pattern you are given a number of stitches to cast on, rows to knit etc, depending on how many stitches per inch, your tension gauge is.

The book is based around providing master patterns for a variety of different knitted items. The master patterns used in the book are modern and easily adaptable, and there is huge scope for design. The intention is that you begin by knitting the master patterns, and as you get more confident, you can start adapting them to your own style. When you have had enough practice with the adapting of master patterns, there is a very useful section towards the back of the book, explaining how to create your own knitting patterns from scratch.

The only downside to the book, is that it is American, so you have to have a knowledge of the names of the American yarn weights and their UK equivalents. However, it is easy to find this information on the internet.

All in all, I am really happy with this book, and would reccommend it to anyone who would like to break free from knitting pattern dependancy and start creating their own ideas!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Helpful Book 5 Mar 2008
My only criticism of it would be that it is only for DK and thicker yarns. Personally I prefer knitting with 4 ply, but I think I am in the minority as this is quite difficult to buy these days, excepting online. Hopefully there will be another similar book out soon which does include designing with 4 ply yarn... so much more comfortable in our overheated homes and the Summer months !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 22 Jan 2013
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I love this book! I am a reasonably good knitter and this book has given me the confidence to try new ideas using the master patterns. A big thankyou to the author for writing an publishing this ook
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last knitting book you'll ever need 6 Feb 2007
By Joan M. Parlin - Published on
This is probably the last knitting book I'll ever have to buy. Yay! I spent hours last year searching for a cabled vest pattern and couldn't find exactly what I was envisioning. Then I got this book with directions for every kind of vest, sweater, scarf, bag, hats, mittens and shawls one could possible want. Not only are there all the elements to incorporate into creating one's own patterns for all these items, but Sharon Turner's directions are so clear that even a rather inexperienced knitter (me!) can easily follow them and create the pattern of one's dreams. Sharon even shows you varied stitch patterns. I sincerely recommend this book for every knitter from inexperienced to expert! Joan Parlin
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugs to you, Sharon! 15 Mar 2007
By knitter - Published on
I love this book. I used to search high and low for patterns that would suit particular yarns from my (huge) stash. Now I can sit down with yarn, needles, this book, and an idea of what I want to make, and I'm ready to go. Sharon Turner has done all the tedious math in this book so I can focus on the design.

I've made a number of garments with this book already: socks, hats, hand warmers, mittens, and even a sweater (which was a piece of cake!). As I've worked on these knitted items, I've begun to get a much better understanding of knitting (patterns aren't so mysterious after all), and I'm finding that I don't even need the book all the time when I want to create something new. On top of that, I've grown really frustrated with run-of-the-mill patterns because they're often so poorly written and buggy. Why struggle through that when I can use this clear, well-written book to create my own unique items?
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Knitting Book 28 Jan 2007
By Happy Knitter - Published on
I own a whole shelf of knitting books, and I have to say I use my

Visually knitting book more than any of the others. I used to buy

knitting books based on how they looked, but I'm so tired of getting

these books that look beautiful, but contain instructions that are

riddled with errors or are just plain incomprehensible. These books are

not like that. (I also have the sewing one in addition to these 2

knitting books.) I have only just gotten this latest book, but I have

already started to make a fun bag, and my first pair of socks. I didn't

even have to go out and buy special yarn, because the book contains

instructions for making all of the things (scarves, mittens, wrist

warmers, gloves, sweaters, hats, bags etc) in several sizes AND gauges.

I was able to just use yarn I had on hand.

Like the other Visually Knitting book, this one is chock full of useful

information, clear illustrations and photos and very clear

instructions. I could use just this one book to make hundreds of

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knitting Patterns 14 Mar 2007
By Madeline Griswald - Published on
This book is an incredibly dense knitting resource. It is literally packed with knitting patterns, techniques and suggestions for individualizing other knitting patterns--written clearly and filled with color images on every page. It covers every possible thing you could want to knit (hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, sweaters, bags) but in every size from baby to adult male, and in several different gauges for each category! It breaks each thing down into steps so that you can choose one type of hem, brim or cuff, then choose another shaping style, and so on. All the math is right there. I didn't really realize how knit items could be interchanged in terms of parts like that, and I feel like I have a renewed understanding of how to approach all knitting projects. The only thing I wish it included is how to add a hood to a sweater. Other than that, everything's in this book. A great value.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting and Fashion - Together at Last! 7 Mar 2007
By Anna - Published on
As a college student, I am always interested in the current trends. While I had heard for quite some time now that knitting was making a comeback, it seemed difficult to apply this trend to my everyday life. Though the idea of knitting a cute sweater or funky miniskirt always seemed appealing, I have often left knitting shops discouraged at the thought of spending hard-earned money and hours of time only to be left with a frumpy, unfashionable garment.

My mom sent me this book recently hoping it would solve my knitting dilemma, and to my amazement, it has! Though I am by no means the best knitter, this book makes it easy to make the image in my head correspond with the product that emerges from my needles. It is so fun to see a product in an expensive boutique and know that I could make it for half the cost, in a better color no less.

I own Sharon Turner's other two books, and therefore did not need any convincing to explore this latest one she has written. But for anyone who is not certain if this product will suit your needs, I encourage you to buy it and take a look. You won't be sorry!
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