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The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Basic…

The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes &…

by Ann Budd

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Offering charts and plans for making infant- through adult-sized projects, this unique book provides knitters with a complete resource of more than 350 patterns for caps, tams, scarves, vests, sweaters, mittens, gloves, and socks that are written for multiple gauges to accommodate all weights of yarn from bulky to fingering. Also included are the basics of pattern design and alteration to allow for the addition of different types of texture and color patterns or the modification of existing patterns to accommodate more gauges. Patterns are also accompanied by an assortment of ideas for edgings and finishes, further expanding design options. ( )
  RochesterKnittingGui | Apr 10, 2016 |
Another most wonderful book, especially for advanced beginners who want basic templates they can play around with. ( )
  LarissaGBrown | Dec 26, 2013 |
An invaluable resource for basic knitting designs. The book gives patterns for various gauge yarns in multiple sizes. ( )
  Xaviers_Dog | Dec 25, 2010 |
This is an excellent book for a beginning designer. Why? Because although we tend to get excited about the stitch patterns, the draping, and the shaping, we tend to forget the amount of MATH involved! That's where this book comes in handy. Have a swatch? Match your swatch up to Ann's handy charts and you'll have a rough estimate of where the increases and decreases will fall. Need to know how much yarn you're going to need for your Uncle's massive 50-inch chest? The estimate is right here. Not sure how to evenly decrease for a hat or tam/beret? The numbers are right here. Need some basic design advice? It's in this book. There is advice for socks, hats, tams/berets, basic sweaters, vests, gloves and mittens in this book.

I also like the fact that Interweave really thought about the needs of knitters when designing this book. It's Spiral bound within a hardback spine so it will lie flat, but can be propped up and opened if necessary. It also has a handy piece of elastic in the back of the book, suitable for holding a swatch and a pair of needles in necessary.

An excellent purchase for any knitter. ( )
  veiland | May 19, 2009 |
This is one of the first knitting books that I have invested my own money in. I've made gloves, mittens, and a sweater from it. Using these versatile patterns, you can customize the designs to make almost anything you want. ( )
  stricken | Oct 14, 2006 |
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Years ago I worked in a yarn shop and was often asked for "a basic mitten pattern" or "just a plain pullover."
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