- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Potter Craft (19 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307965570
- ISBN-13: 978-0307965578
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear Paperback – 19 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Sally Melville is a widely published and highly sought-after knitwear designer who teaches a dozen different workshops at more than 20 venues across North America every year. Her work has appeared in magazines from Vogue Knitting to Interweave Knits and she is the author of five books, including Warm Knits, Cool Gifts and Mother-Daughter Knits. Her website is sallymelvilleknits.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I bought it as I had a problem with a garment that I had knitted but never quite completed (I'd changed the neckline of a pattern but then wasn't sure how to organise the stitches for the neckband. As hoped, the book perfectly answered the question. However, it also explains how to completely design your own garments from scratch. A bit beyond me, I think, at my time of life but I may regain the confidence of youth if I use this book more!
Would definitely recommend to any confident knitter.
Not many patterns ,so don't buy it as a pattern book, and the yarns are probably not easily available in the UK so you have to be ready to think things through rather than just following blindly.But you should be able to copy garmets you like by following the instructions.
It is possible that I will edit this review when I have had time to actually try putting the methods into practice... but while there is Ravelry, Knitting Paradise or the Incredible, Custom Fit Raglan Sweater (look it up on Ravelry so you can see what different people have done with it) I doubt whether I shall get around to doing that.
I am sad that I am unlikely to use this book, as the author has obviously gone to an awful lot of trouble. The person who will use it is probably training to be a professional designer, not just a granny who likes to knit without being tied too closely to a pattern.
OK, a month later, and I have upgraded my rating to four stars. This is because I have found that I referred to this book twice for advice on the necklines of different garments I was knitting. The hood was as I expected to do it, straight up from the neck and join at the top, which is what I like, although some critics would say that a rounded, fitted shape is superior. The other was more useful - a roll neck that didn't want to roll right. I frogged it and reknitted it as explained in this book, and it now behaves beautifully.
Brilliant, given in easy to understand lessons and once you have mastered the techniques in this book you will probably always use the ideas in it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping to learn something here, but the methods described in this book are too simplistic and lead to poor results. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Book Lover
This book is brilliant! I wanted to make one of my dogs a jumper based on a fleece jumper she already had. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Susan Olden
A bit to much maths for my liking but I will refer to it when changing a pattern. Would have liked some top down patterns to have been covered too.Published on 29 Jan. 2015 by Hopefulandhappy
I always was looking for a book like this. Will be very useful for my knitting because although I am an experienced knitter I know nothing about the structure of a pullover. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2014 by Roula Tornariti
This is an excellent book about adapting patterns to fit and suit individual requirements. I am looking forward to trying out the ideas.Published on 8 Sept. 2014 by Celia Pickles
Many technics to fit and measure the work, I will use in my next knitting.Published on 27 Aug. 2014 by Connie Worm