- Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges Review by Ute Willmore
I bought this book years ago and it's been a great help. I often find patterns I like but either the size I need is not included or the yarn used in the pattern is thicker than I want to use. I wear a size 2XL and pattern in that size are not easy to find. The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns has helped me many times to increase the pattern to the size I need. I just look up the pattern closest to the design in my pattern and find the correct yarn and gauge. That will give me a starting point for the number of stitches per row I will need. Things get more complicated if the stitch pattern in my pattern has a different gauge than stockinette stitch, but many patterns work out without any further calculations. Since I am rather large I prefer sweaters, cardigans and vest (waist coats) made with thinner yarn, size 3 usually, but patterns for adult sized tops using a thin yarn are hard to find too. Most patterns call for worsted weight or thicker yarn which is just to warm for me and also makes me look even bigger than I am. Again, Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Patterns solves the problem for me and quickly too. I just look for a similar pattern and look up the instructions for that pattern in a different gauge. As always, a cable stitch pattern or other stitch pattern with a different gauge than stockinette stitch pattern will require a few more adjustments, but I always have at least a starting point. The book has been a great help to me and I highly recommend it. The only thing missing, IMHO, are patterns that use stitch patterns that don't match the gauge of the stockinette pattern and instructions for adjusting the basic patterns in the book to include some of these stitch patterns. For example: It would be nice if the book included instructions for adjusting the number of stitches per row when adding a cable or lace pannel to the basic pattern. Adding instructions that explain how to calculate the number of stitches needed to adjust the basic pattern when adding a cable, lattice work, or lace panel to any pattern would complete the "Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges", making it a priceless and must-have resource for knitters of all skill levels.
(Posted on 2/7/12)
- A great tool! Review by Kim D'Angelo
This book has helped me figure out gauge and design issues. I am now designing my own patterns based on the knowledge I have aquired. I have recommended this book several times already. A must have for all, especially those who can never take a pattern at face value, but just have to add something of their own to it, like me!
(Posted on 11/11/11)
- At Last Review by Paulette Povey
For a long time, I've been needing this book. My grandchildren request sweaters with pictures on them. So I don't have a pattern, and have to make my own. This book takes a lot of guessing out of the shaping. I recommend it to anyone who wants to make their own design.
(Posted on 11/10/11)