This book will become an invaluable reference for anyone wanting to design hand knit clothing from scratch, or wanting to be empowered to make changes on commercial knitting pattern instructions. It will patiently guide you through designing perfectly fitting hand knit clothing with ease. The techniques are taught using step by step instructions, including worksheets that can be photocopied. With Shirley Paden's tried and true Design Process, you will quickly feel like a master as you are carefully and methodically walked through planning pullovers, cardigans, dresses and skirts. You are also taken through preparing a meaningful gauge swatch and properly taking the swatch measurements. In addition, there are full explanations on taking body measurements, selecting fabrics and working with charts for stitch patterns. The section on planning garment bodies includes dropped shoulders (rectangular shaping), reversed tapers (A-lines), double tapers (following the curves of the body), and single tapers (shaping from the hips or waist to the bust). There are also instructions for designing cardigans with rounded bottom edges and those with overlapping fronts for double breasted pieces. There are also instructions for planning Raglans and for planning garments to be worked circularly. To complete your designs, there are explanations on planning different types of necklines, collars and sleeves. The book ends by taking you through the most important blocking and seaming methods for a professional finish.
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