Knitwear Design Workshop

A Comprehensive Guide To Handknits

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This book reads like a reference book-which it is.  It’s not just a collection of basic shapes with a brief explanation on how to use them.  It’s like an entire school year of Sweater Design all in one book.  It truly is a knitwear design workshop.  Knitting Scholar


WOW! This is the book knitters interested in design have been waiting for.  They say that this book is a comprehensive guide, and they aren’t kidding! It’s a textbook on how to design knitwear for hand-knitting and it goes into every detail. The only thing missing is the author standing over your shoulder observing your progress.  Haley Waxberg, Owner Knit-o-matic yarn shop (Toronto Ontario)


In this spiral-bound, 300-plus-page dissertation on designing handknits, Professor 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.  

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Why should you buy this book? In about 350 pages, she will explain to you how to design a sweater and figure out the math of how many stitches to do so that you can make the sweater you want or modify a commercial pattern to better fit your body. She will teach you to think about your knitting as a whole construction, not a row-by-row struggle.  And she creates beautiful designs.  Pam Mackenzie, In Stitches Blog

“Time flies when you’re having fun!” Truly accurate words for describing my journey from the 2010 launch of my design reference book Knitwear Design Workshop (KDW) to the present. A few years ago when teaching my 6-week design class, I observed a sense of empowerment with each student as they journeyed through The Design Process and found their creative voice. The enthusiasm and excitement experienced during each class created an atmosphere where every student seemed to discover hidden depths of creativity. There was a bonding and selfless sharing of knowledge as everyone created their individual designs while the class took the overall design journey together. Based on this rewarding classroom experience, the key endeavor of KDW was to extend the successes and empowerment of that original design class to the entire knitting public. It provides learners with a passage to the thrilling and rewarding world of knitting and design. 

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Knitwear Workshop Designs- Duets & Inspirations

After years of teaching hand-knit garment design and watching the magic of the creative process, as well as the joy and excitement of even the newest knitters as their first-time design ideas came to life, I decided to translate that class into a book.  The goal was to reach an audience well beyond my classroom.  With that in mind, in 2010, Knitwear Design Workshop was released as a major design reference.  That book became the basis for a series of online worldwide design events called Design-A-Longs (DALs). Those events were where most of the pieces shown in this book were created.  

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