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Knitwear Design Workshop

A Comprehensive Guide To Handknits



This is a comprehensive guide to getting an idea out of your head and into a knitting pattern.  It’s also a fantastic resource to use to alter an existing pattern to your specifications… The book’s structure goes from planning straight through to finishing in exquisite detail. Read more at Knitty Magazine.

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.  Read more at Knitting Scholar.

Shirley Paden is a very accomplished knitwear designer who has set out to revolutionize the way hand knitters approach their craft. She wants to liberate us from the drudgery and myopia of knitting from instructions line-by-line rather than understanding what we are knitting and doing it from that deep understanding.

If you’re interested in sweater design, and want to understand everything, you need this book.  It’s amazing.  I have other design books in my library – Good ones– but this one stands on its own. Read more at Knitting Scholar.

Through publishing her design reference book Knitwear Design Workshop. Shirley has made her most popular class accessible in print to everyone.  It is a comprehensive text designed to reach a broad spectrum of knitters, including those who want the skills to modify existing commercial patterns, those who want to design for their own wardrobes, and those who want to design commercially. 

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"My Handknit Garment Design Class is usually a design for you! If you want to expand your horizon in the beautiful world of knitwear design, get in contact with me today! " 

Knitwear Design Workshop provides learners with a passage to the thrilling and rewarding world of knitting and design. For instance, you will be taught how to create single, double, and reverse-tapered garments with a variety of sleeve types. You will also learn how to design a variety of clothing accessories including collars, cuffs, and neckbands.

At the same time, Shirley educates new knitters on how to handle issues and concerns in design such as stitch pattern and schematic alterations. Lessons in garment design planning include sweaters, skirts, dresses, and jackets.

Other Magazines and Publishings

Vogue Knitting

Winter 2007

Click to download Shape of Lace Part 1

Summer 2008

Click to download Shape of Lace Part 2

The Shape of Lace

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