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Knitting from the Top

by Barbara G. Walker

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The top-down construction information is extremely handy, though the tip I've used the most is her version of the provisional cast-on. ( )
  castiron | May 10, 2013 |
In this wonderful book Barbara G. Walker explains how to knit all sorts of documents without seams, starting from the top and working to the bottom. Seamless knitting is delightful; when you are done, you have the finished garment. The more common way of sweater construction mimics woven fabric, with the various pieces requiring joining, a tedious process known as "finishing". There are two types of seamless sweater patterns; the more common begins at the bottom of the garment. The beauty of knitting from the top down is that you can "try on" the sweater as you are knitting. Thus you can make the sleeves and the body the perfect length. Once you try knitting from the top down, if you like it, you always want to do things that way.

Walker begins the volume with an explanation of how to calculate the number of rows and stitches to shape the seamless garment appropriately. Seamless garments do not need to look like gunny sacks. They can be well tailored.

She provides 12 "Basic Designs" each with various alternatives. The first basic design is for a "Classic Raglan Pullover for which 7 alternative necklines are provides. The other basic designs are 2: Classic Raglan Cardigan; 3: Seamless Cape; 4: Seamless skirt; 5: Reversible pants; 6:Sleeveless sweater (i.e. vest); 7: Seamless set-in sleeve; 8: Seamless saddle shoulder 9: Kimono sleeve; 10: Square-set or Peasant sleeve; 11: Dropped-shoulder ski sweater; and 12: Classic Cap.

There are numerous line drawings throughout the work illustrating the types of garments under discussion. There are some photos of knitting hands demonstrating a technique.

When used in conjunction with Walker's stitch dictionaries, the creative knitter has no need to purchase patterns in order to create garments. Like all of Walker's books, this is very clearly written. It is an excellent book. ( )
  KatySilbs | Dec 16, 2007 |
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Provides instructions for knitting 12 "basic designs" from the top down. Designs include pullovers sweaters, cardigans, pants, capes, and hats.
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