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Knitwear Design Workshop A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits

Knitwear Design Workshop is for all knitters who want to go beyond commercial pattern instructions, whether it's modifying those instructions for a garment that fits them perfectly, designing their own traditional knitwear, or creating stunning works of wearable art.

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Discover how to create your own dramatic and unique knitwear!

Expert knitwear designer Shirley Paden approaches Knitwear Design Workshop as she does her design classes—teaching through example. With her new book, you'll learn all the tricks of the trade for designing with step-by-step instructions for using measurements, calculations, and schematics.

Knitwear Design Workshop is your backstage pass to the world of design. Inside you'll discover:
  • How to design double-tapered, single-tapered, and reverse-tapered garments with sleeves or sleeves caps that fit
  • Designing with armholes, necklines, neckbands, and collars and labels
  • A clearer understanding of commercial pattern instructions
  • Ways to improve your attention to detail with a meaningful test swatch
  • Stronger knowledge of proper body or garment measurements
  • How to handle design challenges in a variety of garments such as cardigans, skirts, and dresses
  • And much more!

Perfectly packaged in an easy-to-use hardbound, hidden spiral format, Knitwear Design Workshop is chock full of in-depth information, including measuring a gauge, working silhouette and fit, designing with stitch patterns, selecting color, and yarn characteristics. Also included in this helpful resource are four breathtaking projects—great for both design inspiration and creation! 400 pages.

Order Knitwear Design Workshop today!

 

Pea CoatDusterCabled Coat with Cape CollarTwisted Flowers Pullover
Pictured: Pea Coat, Double Leaves & Twists Duster, Cabled Coat with Cape Collar, Twisted Flowers Pullover

A prolific knitwear designer, Shirley Paden's impressive work serves as a concrete example to identify the right yarn for particular garment design and pattern stitches, and to knit a perfect fit. Instructions for five new projects designed by Paden will further demonstrate how the techniques learned can translate into one-of-a-kind garments.

Knitwear Design Workshop is for all knitters who want to go beyond commercial pattern instructions, whether it's modifying those instructions for a garment that fits them perfectly, designing their own traditional knitwear, or creating stunning works of wearable art. This priceless information is a gem for your knitting library.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1:     Planning Your Design
Chapter 2:
     Selecting the Fabric
Chapter 3:
     Classic Silhouette Pullover
Chapter 4:     Alternate Sihouettes
Chapter 5:     Cardigans
Chapter 6:
     Skirts and Dresses
Chapter 7:     Alternate Armhold Shaping
Chapter 8:     Sleeves and Cuffs
Chapter 9:     Necklines
Chapter 10:   Neckbands, Collars, and Lapels
Chapter 11:   Finishing techniques
Projects
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About the Author

Once an executive in the corporate world, Shirley Paden left it all behind 15 years ago to pursue a career in knitwear design. Today Shirley is the owner and founder of Shirley Paden Custom Knits in New York City. She teaches master knitting classes for the fashion industry and conducts seminars on lace, entrelac, cables, color knitting, and finishing techniques. Her designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Knitter’s magazines and she was the subject of a profile in 2004. She has been a guest on public television’s Knitting Daily TV (2010). Knitwear Design Workshop is her first, much-awaited book. She lives in New York City.

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“This book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter.  This volume, spiral-bound inside sturdy covers, is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled.”  - Booklist
 
“The book's layout is very clean, clear and attractive, with high quality photos and diagrams to keep the reader inspired and motivated.  Paden writes succinctly and well, packing in a wealth of information.” – CrochetInsider.com
 
“If you've ever wanted to knit yourself a perfectly tailored and fitted sweater, this is the book for you.  Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design.” – Knitting Purls Newsletter
 
 “Shirley Paden wants to empower you as a knitter to be the best you can be.” – The Courier-News
 
“Easy-to-follow... Shirley Paden offers detailed techniques for achieving just the look and fit that are right for you.” – The Detroit News
 
“Paden delivers a graduate-level course for very serious knitters, using text, charts, annotated schematics, sketches, sidebars, mathematical conversion formulas—every aid at her considerable disposal—to explain the myriad ways of getting exactly the look you’re after by marrying the right yarn and stitch pattern to the right silhouette and sleeve type.  Exhaustive, comprehensive—mere adjectives don’t begin to describe it so I’ll stop trying.  Paden is simply in a master class of her own.” – Yarn Market News
 
“OMG...Just got Shirley Paden's new knitwear design book and I am totally in LOVE with it! Seriously! IN LOVE!” – Yarn Thing via Twitter
 
"Knitters usually begin with simpler items like scarves and move on to more complicated projects like sweaters.  But once sweaters are mastered, many experienced knitters want to know how to design their own knitwear—and have it fit.  There are a number of books that explain the mechanics and the math of designing sweaters.  This one, too, examines commercial patterns, the intricacies and importance of measurement, and the result that comes with various yarns.   But this book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume, spiral-bound inside sturdy covers, is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled.  Four attractive projects are included as examples of the many techniques author Paden explains." - Ilene Cooper
 
“This book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume—spiral-bound inside sturdy covers—is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled.”  - Booklist

“5 out of 5 Stars. This 343 page oversized book is outstanding!” – Knitting News

“If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf.” – Knitting Purls Newsletter

“This priceless information is a gem for any knitter's library.” – Machine Knitting Monthly

SKU: 09KN01

Author/Speaker/Editor: Shirley Paden-Bernstein

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596680869

Number Of Pages: 344

Customer Reviews

Knitwear Design Workshop: The comprehensive guide to handknits Review by Debbie Hayes

This is one of the best books I've seen on knitwear design. I've been knitting for 30+ years and this book covers everything someone would need in order to design something knitted. It covers all the basics as well as more advanced items such as designing collars, and decreasing and increasing to make something fitted. I love how she explains all the terms used in various knitting techniques in a clear and concise way.

(Posted on 5/29/11)

Fantastic resource! Review by Rosi Garmendia

To say that I am very impressed with this book is putting it lightly. I consider myself a beginner designer that still has much to learn. I own a LOT of knitting reference books. NONE compares to this one book. The wealth of information in this book boggles the mind. The step-by-step design process for so many shapes. The book teaches you how to take accurate measurements with pictures of exactly where to take these measurements on the body. The amount of worksheets in this book is worth the price alone. Each worksheet helps you calculate how many stitches you need for each section of your garment. And then!! Several full-blown, BEAUTIFUL patterns are just the cherry on top. I can sit here and wax poetic about this book for weeks on end as I have been doing so non-stop to anyone who will listen since I received it. Unfortunately, you will have to purchase one yourself to see what I mean. You will NOT regret it. I can see Interweave selling out of many printings of this book for years to come.

(Posted on 3/25/10)

Knitwear Design Workshop Review by Leslie Moody Cresswell

<p>Wow - what a wealth of information.</p> <p>I received my book a few days ago, (and admittedly have only read the first two chapters and eagerly scanned the whole book), but as somewhat of an advanced-intermediate-self-taught-beginner not afraid to tackle anything, I wanted to give my opinion. <p>To those who feel half-hearted in approaching the idea of designing and knitting your own creations, Shirley Paden has written an instructional book in a clear and understandable format. The illustrations and photos are precise and easy to take in - corresponding with the captions nicely. This hardback book has a spiral binding for ease of laying flat. She has provided an Outline to copy and fill in which will take you from your initial design to the finished piece with instructions, calculations and tips provided in this book. I just learned to knit a few years ago (finally) so I could design and knit my own wearable art, and I do believe I will be able to do just that!</p>

(Posted on 3/1/10)