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Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Patterns eBook: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges

Now in two accessible formats! Do you want standard sweater patterns in a variety of sizes and gauges, as well as a template from which your own ideas can develop? This easy-to-download eBook or app is just the answer!
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Now in two incredible formats, access hundreds of sweater patterns at your fingertips.

Both a pattern book and a reference eBook, The Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Patterns has been created for knitters who want standard sweater patterns in a variety of sizes and gauges, as well as those who want a template from which to develop their own design ideas. This easy-to-download eBook is a must for every knitter's collection!

This sequel to the phenomenal bestseller The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, presents easy-to-follow charted instructions for eighteen sweaters, three in each of the six most popular sweater constructions: drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, saddle shoulder, raglan, and seamless yoke. Each style is provided in fifteen sizes (in two-inch graduations) from a 26-inch chest circumference for a two-year-old child to a 54-inch chest circumference for a large adult. Each size is further divided into six possible gauges: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 stitches per inch. If you're counting, that's 75 options for each of the six styles, or 450 patterns in all (all with yarn yardage estimates). Add the cardigan and neckline variations, and you've got more than 1,000 patterns! Even more variations are possible by adding different neck finishes, edgings, waist shapings, and color or stitch patterns.

Detailed diagrams for finished dimensions are included, along with a glossary of techniques and a chapter on design considerations. If knitting sweaters is your passion, look no further-this book is your definitive eBook resource.

A note from Ann Budd, Author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns:



This is not your standard sweater pattern eBook, though you’ll find detailed instructions for eighteen designs. Nor is this a design book, though it will guide you through creating the sweater of your choice in the yarn of your choice. This book offers instructions for the six most common sweater constructions— drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, saddle shoulder, raglan, and seamless yoke.

Each style is provided in fifteen sizes, in 2" (5-cm) increments from a 26" (66 cm) chest circumference appropriate for a child to a 54" (137 cm) chest circumference appropriate for a large adult. And each size is given in five possible gauges—3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 stitches per inch. That’s a whopping 75 options for each of the six styles, or 450 patterns in all! Add the cardigan versions and you’ve got 900 possibilities, without counting neckline, edging, color, and stitch pattern variations.

The six sweater styles in this book differ in the way that the sleeves join the body. The first four styles are made by knitting the sweater pieces separately—one back, one or two front(s), and two sleeves. In general, the pieces are knitted back and forth in rows (though some designers have methods for working them in the round). The other two styles are worked in the round from the bottom up. The body is worked as a tube from the lower edge to the armholes, the sleeves are also worked as tubes to the armhole, the sleeves and body are joined, and the yoke is worked in a single piece to the neck.

The simplest style, the drop shoulder, consists of a rectangle for the front, another rectangle for the back, and two trapezoids for the sleeves. There is no armhole shaping and the tops of the sleeves are sewn directly onto the side edges above the marked armhole positions.

The modified drop-shoulder style uses rudimentary shaping to eliminate some excess width at the upper body above the armholes. Stitches are bound off at the base of each armhole on the front and back to form notches that accommodate the upper sleeves.

Set-in sleeve sweaters have the most tailored fit. Both the upper body and the tops of the sleeves are shaped to eliminate excess fabric at the armholes. On a well-fitting set-in-sleeve sweater, the armholes fall directly in line with the shoulder bone without pulling or puckering.

The saddle shoulder sweater in this book is closely related to the set-in-sleeve style (though other sweater styles can also have saddles). The difference between the two lies in the “saddle,” an extension of the sleeve top, from the armhole to the neck.

The raglan style in this book is worked in the round. For the in-the-round method, the body and sleeves are each worked as tubes from the lower edge to the armholes, then joined for the yoke, which is also worked in the round to the neck. The yoke is shaped by decreases worked along four diagonal lines (two each on the front and back) that extend from armhole to neck.

Seamless yoke sweaters are worked in the round, as the raglan style, but the yoke is shaped by decreases that are placed evenly around the circumference of the yoke.

SKU: EP4319

Author/Speaker/Editor: Ann Budd

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781596689886

Preview
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Drop-Shoulder Sweaters
-Child Sizes
-Adult Sizes
-Copy Cats
Modified Drop-Shoulder Sweaters
-Child Sizes
-Adult Sizes
-Copy Cats
Set-In Sleeve Sweaters
-Child Sizes
-Adult Sizes
-Copy Cats
Saddle-Shoulder Sweaters
-Child Sizes
-Adult Sizes
-Copy Cats
Raglan Sweaters
-Child Sizes
-Adult Sizes
-Copy Cats
Seamless Yoke Sweaters
-Child Sizes
-Adult Sizes
-Copy Cats

Expanding Your Options

Glossary
Abbreviations
Yarn Sources
Index
About the Author
Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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"Get this. If you ever make sweaters, it’s absolutely fabulous. You could knit for your entire life out of this one book and a stitch dictionary. It’s great! If you ever knit sweaters at all, this is definitely a book you’re going to want. Especially if you have ever felt the urge to design your own sweater, but weren’t sure where to start, or were intimidated by the math." -- KnittingScholar.com

"With this book, if you can dream it you can knit it." -- Planet Purl

"This is a particularly valuable resource for the experienced knitter…. If you are an experienced knitter and sweater maker, you will love this book. This could easily be the last sweater pattern book you will buy." -- Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot

SKU: EP4319

Author/Speaker/Editor: Ann Budd

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781596689886

Customer Reviews

Wonderful resource Review by Megan
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I love this! What a wonderful resource to have - with so many options it is easy to create something that fits just right. I also love the sections that explain how you can take a simple sweater pattern and expand it to include cables, fair isle designs etc. - inspirational. Knitting sweaters that require minimal finishing off is an added bonus!

(Posted on 5/14/2014)

(Posted on 5/14/2014)

Lots Of Options Review by Rhonda Dohna

I own this book in paper and find it very useful. When I saw the ebook version, I had to get it. It displays nicely and appears to have all the info the paper book does. I have not checked it page for page, but all the charts, reference material, and patterns seem to be the same. I love all the options for making different sweaters in different sizes and guages. And I use it often!

(Posted on 2/29/2012)

(Posted on 2/29/2012)