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Finish-Free Knits: No-Sew Garments in Classic Styles

For knitters who like to knit, but not to sew, Finish-Free Knits will teach you to join together projects- sewing needle-free!

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Imagine knitting a beautiful sweater without the stressful obstacles of sewing, seaming, and grafting.

Welcome to Knitwear designer Kristen TenDyke’s world of Finish-Free Knits! While exploring these 20 designs, you will discover stitch-free solutions to previously frustrating obstacles needed to finish a design.

Kristen will teach you to knit sweaters with no assembly required. Through clever planning and some simple techniques, the projects in Finish-Free Knits are shaped and joined during knitting— without sacrificing the pockets, buttonbands, shaped collars, and more that is accomplished in most designs by sewing together separate pieces. In addition, learn how to shape armholes, join pieces as you go, use short-rows for shaping, and more.

Once these stress-free finishing techniques are learned, you will enjoy the freedom to apply variations of each method in projects beyond the book. With Finish-Free Knits you can avoid the dreaded “Some Assembly Required” phrase forever.

SKU: 12KN03

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596684881

Table of Contents

Bottom-Up Construction
-No-Purl Tank
-Little Lace Dress
-Premier Leaf Tunic
-Provisional Pocket Vest
-Cabled Henley
-Quilted Top
-Lace Cardigan
-Lace Tunic
-Feather and Fan Pullover
-Pocket Yoke Coat
-Shawl Collar Cardi
-Wool Pocket Pullover

Top-Down Construction
-Slip-Stitch Yoke Top
-Cabled Yoke Pullover
-Top-Down Ribs
-Top-Down Raglan

Side-to-Side Construction
-Cable Back Shrug
-Cool Spring Shrug
-Side-to-Side Cardigan
-Side-to-Side Top

About the Author
Knitwear and crochet designer and knitting technical editor Kristen TenDyke’s designs have appeared in books including Weekend Hats, Knitting Green, and The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweater Patterns, as well as many publications including Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Vogue Knitting, Knitty, and Knit Simple. She recently launched Caterpillar Knits and is a former staff member of Classic Elite. Kristen lives in Maine.
Finish-Free Knits:  No-Sew Garments in Classic Styles by Kristen TenDyke presents 20 knitwear designs from the well-known designer that lets the knitter ‘off the hook’...or needle…for sewing, seaming and other finishing techniques. “ – Publishers Weekly

SKU: 12KN03

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596684881

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Customer Reviews

A pretty good little book Review by Amelia

While I haven't had a chance to knit one of these designs (yet!), the book contains some great patterns, most of which are tops (sweaters, vests, dresses, etc.). They include lace, cables and fair isle, as well as some simple patterns, in a range of yarn weights from sportsweight to bulky. There is even a pattern knitted from the side, as well as top-down and bottom-up patterns. As advertised, there is no finishing, aside from your weaving in of the yarn tails. (I don't think you can avoid that one!)

For larger knitters, the largest size in the patterns tends to be around 55" [140cm] around the bust, with a couple as large as 60" [152cm], and a few smaller ones around 50" [127cm].

A great little book, and, in my opinion, worth its price. Buy it to learn the secrets and techniques of finish-free knitting, or just for a stash of nice patterns.

(Posted on 12/6/2013)

(Posted on 12/6/2013)