Introduction- This book was born at a Twisted Sisters get-together when Lynn Nagasako, our natural-dye queen, asked, "Why don't you write a book about all the different ways to knit the same sweater?" This book explores the bare bones in choosing and using yarn, the ins and outs of the basic pattern and details of knitting techniques, and the sweaters we produced.
Chapter 1: Yarn and Fabric- What can be more important than a knitter's choice of yarn? Yarn is the fabric of the sweater.
Chapter 2: The Knitter Fitter System- All of the projects in this book are based on a two-part Knitter Fitter System- the Fitter List and the Sweater Map.
Chapter 3: Up-and-Down Construction- In a sweater that is knitted up and down, the pieces are worked from the hem upward to the neck or from the neck downward to the hem.
Chapter 4: Side-to-Side Construction- Sweaters that are knitted from side to side are worked parallel to the center line of the body.
hapter 5: Variations- Now that you know the ins and outs of the Classic Crew pattern, you can make adjustments to fit your own individual style.
- Boucle Boat Neck- The ultra-simple pullover illustrates how easy it is to vary the look of the Classic Crew.
- Alina's Basketweave Coat- For this warm coat, Alina Egerman followed instructions for the basic up-and-down sweater, but lengthened the bodice, divided the front into two pieces to make a cardigan with a center overlap, shaped the armhole for a modified drop shoulder, and added a stand-up collar to the crew neckline.
- Linda's One-Piece Turtleneck- Linda Berning modified the Up-and-Down Classic Crew by working this sweater in a single piece from the back hemline up to the shoulders and then down to the front hemline, shaping the sleeves and neckline along the way.
- Lori's Jacob's Windows Sweater- Lori Lawson designed this cardigan for her coastal Southern California climate. Following the lines of the Up-and-Down Classic Crew, she divided the front bodice in half to make a cardigan.
- Rectangle Vest- This simplest side-to-side vest is a cardigan variation of a modified drop shoulder sweater with a boat neck and no sleeves.
- Rose-to-Blue V-Necked Pullover- For this V-necked pullover, I varied the Side-to-Side Classic Crew by lengthening it and using a provisional cast-on at the center back and center fronts, and working each section outward to the cuff, ending with a narrow edging of seed stitch.
- Sandy's Cardigan for Zylie- Sandy Sitzman designed this cardigan for her granddaughter Zylie. She followed the Side-to-Side Classic Crew, but began the bodice with a provisional cast-on at the center back.
- Gail's Red Aran- Gail Marracci used both up-and-down and side-to-side elements in this impressive Aran.
- Angel Wing Lace Float- This feminine, flattering sweater in knitted in all directions. It begins with two center panels (one for the front and one for the back) that are knitted up and down as simple rectangles with no shaping.
- Laurie's Panel Jacket- This colorful jacket shows how far you can go with the Knitter Fitter system.