Synopses & Reviews
Bring Your Vision to Life with Pattern-Drafting Essentials
What’s the number one mistake that knitters make? They follow a pattern exactly! In this comprehensive guide to sweater construction, acclaimed knitting instructor Sally Melville reveals the secrets to creating or modifying a pattern so the finished project looks and fits exactly how you want it to. Pattern drafting has never been easier to understand as Sally breaks down each skill, including how to
• calculate your personal measurements, ease, and stitch patterns
• create a pattern for an existing garment that you love
• shape a variety of necklines, shoulders, sides, sleeves, and hemlines
• combine garment elements for an endless array of design possibilities
• rescue a project when it doesn’t turn out as expected
• finish your projects with a professional look
• knit 10 original projects that showcase the elements covered in the book
With Sally’s knitting expertise at your fingertips, you have all the tools you need to adjust patterns to fit you better than ever and create patterns that finally make your dream designs a reality.
How often have you seen a sweater that was almost perfectandmdash;if only the neckline were different or the sleeves adjusted? Renowned author, designer, and teacher Melissa Leapman shows how to make it so, by modifying a basic pullover sweater pattern to create every possible neckline, sleeve, and body option. The result: more than 6,000 interchangeable combinations to fit every personal preference and sizeandmdash;the most ever included in one book! From saddle shoulder long sleeves to raglan bell sleeves, scoop necks to Henley plackets, or straight silhouettes to empire waistlines, knitters will be delighted to have so many alternatives to choose from.
About the Author
Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely published sweater designers in the world, whose patterns have appeared in every major knitting publication, including Vogueandreg; Knitting and Knit Simpleandtrade;. She has worked as a freelance designer for many leading ready-to-wear manufacturers, noted design houses, and major yarn companies. In addition, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are extremely popular with crafters at all skill levels. She lives in New York, NY.