BOOKS

Knitwear Design Workshop

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

A Comprehensive Guide To Handknits

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“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.

 

Duets & Inspirations – COMING SOON!

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.  This is the story of our maiden DAL voyage.  

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! " 

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.

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.

Vogue Knitting

Winter 2007

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Summer 2008

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The Shape of Lace

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