A Comprehensive Guide To Handknits
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.
Yarn Market News
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