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Custom Knits: 25 Projects (Plus Variations) and Techniques for Customizing to Fit Your Style and Your Body Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
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About the Author
Wendy Bernard is the creator of blog Knit and Tonic (www.knitandtonic.typepad.com), which has an average daily readership of over 5000. Wendy began selling her patterns online approximately two years ago and since then has sold thousands without advertising or a distributor. She lives in Califormia.
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The book assumes that you're at least, an advanced learner, so there's no 'how to's here. There's a checklist of things you need to consider when knitting (yarn expense, does the style suit your lifestyle, weight of yarn). Then, the book is divided into sections: raglan, set in sleeves, yoke jumpers, how to make it your own). This book is exclusively women's patterns, mostly sweaters, running from saucy to cosy.
Pattern wise, if you like Ms Bernard's designs from her blog, there are no surprises here. The designs are really cute, with an unpretentious California vibe. The designs are simple, but with little details that make them fun. Like a bit of kid mohair in a neckline for an empire styled top, a cardigan with ribbon threaded through as accent, or ribbing with varying lengths for a top down. In addition, for clothing, most of the designs are done on 3.5-4.5mm needles. There are a lot of dk weight yarns used in this book, so if you have a dk stash like me, it's all good.
A draw back to this book is the act that the patterns aren't indexed, nor is there isn't any indication to pattern levels of difficulty. Some people might like the latter, but it helps to know what you're getting into.
The writing style is engaging, the pictures are sharp, and I can see myself making most of the stuff in the book, if not all. Most of the yarns can be substituted, although a few online british knitting stores may have the brands quoted. I haven't knitted anything as yet, so I don't know if there are any errors.
Update: I am currently using the top down methods in this book to rework a pattern from a sweater from the bottom up. Ms Bernard's instructions are very clear in terms of how you go about doing these things. I'd advise you to research other types of provisional cast on. The one that she's fond of (long tail cast on) is annoying if you're doing over twenty stitches.
Really cute book. Recommended.
Really lovely book that's fun to read, has some wonderful designs which I just can't wait to knit and is excellent value.
But the main reason for the 2 stars is that there is very little (well, actually in my view, nothing) about how to flatter different body types. No-one else has mentioned this. But there is simply nothing in here that would work for me: short, slim but curvy. Lots of high neck lines, neck line detail, thick yarns, straight shapes, very little waist shaping - just the kind of thing that drowns me or makes me look like a busty blob. And the idea of Jane or Mina's Tuxedo Vest - even my husband burst out laughing! So this book is not as useful as, for instance, Amy Herzog's Fit to Flatter approach, which works for everyone.
The designs look fun and if they would work for you, go for it. But try to get a look at them first to make sure.
It's a well-photographed, well-written, awesome book. Get it!!
Customizing to individual fit, top down - try on as you go -is truly the answer for me.
I have knitted two pieces from the book for myself.
Im so proud wearing them, and actually choose them when I really want to look my best.
I especially like her afterthought -set in sleeve.I've used this successfully also on two other projects, not from the book.
I plan on knitting more from the book, but its hard to choose which one goes first.
On a lonely planet, given needles,a ton of yarn and only one book to choose: I would have choosen this one .
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