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More Modern Top-Down Knitting: 24 Garments Based on Barbara G. Walker's 12 Top-Down Templatesby Kristina Mcgowan
Synopses & Reviews
Barbara Walkers Knitting from the Top, originally published in 1972, is a treasure trove of inspiration about the technique of knitting garments from the top down (for example, knitting a sweater from the neck down to the hem or a hat from the crown down to the brim). In 2010, STC Craft published Kristina McGowans successful Modern Top-Down Knitting, a collection of fashion-conscious top-down designs inspired by Walkers book. Knitters not only loved the technique, which allows for easy, try-on-as-you-go custom fitting, but also applauded McGowans modern sense of style. For More Modern Top-Down Knitting, McGowan has dug even deeper into Walkers iconic work—this time challenging herself to design two garments based on each of Walkers 12 basic top-down templates. The results come together to form a fresh, stylish wardrobe that includes everything from sweaters and dresses to capes, skirts, hats, and even pants and shorts.
Praise for More Modern Top-Down Knitting:
More Modern Top-Down Knitting is a beautiful book, featuring exciting and eminently wearable designs for knitters who enjoy self-expression in their craft. The directions are precise but flexible; the garments are highly fashionable; and the pictures are glorious. I am especially delighted to be honored as an inspiration for Ms. McGowan; but indeed her own creativity is very much on display here. The book is a great gift for any knitter.” —Barbara G. Walker, author of Knitting from the Top, the Knitting Treasuries, et al.
Lovers of top-down knitting—and those who have yet to learn!—will find a wide range of lovely stylish projects in Kristina McGowans second homage collection, inspired by Barbara Walkers classic book Knitting from the Top. The designs in More Modern Top-Down Knitting are wearable and intriguing, with delightful pattern stitches and simple, yet couture-like touches. A warm and beckoning book, suffused with McGowans enthusiasm and her elegant approach to knitwear.” —Deborah Newton, author of Designing Knitwear and Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters
Take one look at the gorgeous skirt on the cover of Kristina McGowans More Modern Top-Down Knitting and youll have insta-knitting book crush.” —Craftsy.com
This book takes its time and I encourage you to do the same with it. I spent a morning reading it from cover to cover. This book is full of beautiful writing, photography and patterns.” —Knitty.com
Kristy is an amazingly talented woman . . . a really nice book.” —KnitCircus.com
The stunning result is 24 modern designs that are feminine with classic embellishments and minimal finishing. Knit gorgeous cardigans, stylish skirts, and more.” —Knit n Style
Experienced knitters will drool over it.” —DallasNews.com
For decades, knitters have been constructing garments using the wonderfully efficient top-down technique made famous by Barbara G. Walker in her renowned tome Knitting from the Top. But never have the results looked as glamorous and city-chic as they do in Modern Top-Down Knitting. In this sophisticated womenswear collection, designer Kristina McGowan presents streamlined, feminine dresses, tunics, and skirts; elegant cardigans and pullovers; and stylish go-to accessories such as hats and mitts. Also included are step-by-step photo tutorials that make top-down techniques easy to understand and sizing and style adjustments a cinch to achieve. Detailed instructions are also included for finishing garments with couture-quality trims and linings, so they look just as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside.
Barbara G. Walker
About the Author
Kristina McGowan is a New York City-based knitwear designer. She holds a doctorate degree in social science from Syracuse University.
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