Sweater Design in Plain English

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1990 - Crafts & Hobbies - 352 pages
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If you're tired of making sweaters with sleeves that are the wrong length, necklines that droop, armholes that are too tight, and an overall look that's not quite right, then let Seater Design in Plain English come to your rescue. In clear, straightforward terms, Maggie Righettie shares her knitting know-how and good fashion sense so that, no matter what your knitting level, you can overcome the fear of failure, avoid costly mistakes, adapt already-existing patterns, and plan and create sweaters that really fit and look terrific-sweaters that will be worn for many years to come. Topics and techniques include:

-Understanding the nature of yarn and pattern stitches
-Choosing the most flattering color and design for the wearer
-Taking accurate body measurements
-Estimating the amount of yarn you'll need
-How to tell whether or not a sweater will look good on you-before you start to knit
-How to alter printed patterns so they really fit
-How to understand the mathematics of gauge and pattern design
-Plus start-to-finish instructions for thirteen classic sweaters

Each technique is illustrated with clear diagrams, sketches, or photographs. Complete with conversion charts and a personal-measurements record-keeping section, Sweater Design in Plain English takes the guesswork out of every creative knitting effort.
 

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Contents

BEFORE YOU BEGIN
3
Avoiding Costly Mistakes
7
Getting New Ideas
12
Understanding the Nature of Yarn
22
Understanding Body Shapes
33
Getting the Right Measurements
40
Achieving the Right Marriage of Fiber Fabric and Design
59
Understanding the Lingo of Knitting
68
A VNecked Pullover Vest
232
A Cabled Classic CrewNecked LongSleeved Pullover
247
A Cardigan Jacket
265
A Childs Raglan Turtleneck
279
A Timeless Adult Raglan Cardigan
291
AllinOnePiecefromtheNeckDown Pullover
305
A Coat of Many Colors
316
The True Batwing Sweater
321

Pattern Stitches and How They Behave
76
Choosing the Right Color
101
Choosing the Most Flattering Design for the Wearer
113
Estimating the Amount of Yarn You Will Need
130
Getting the Right Gauge
137
A Refresher Course on Common Knitting Techniques
146
Final Preparation Steps for Designing Your Own Sweater
160
Understanding the Arithmetic of Knitting
168
Preventing Knitwear Disasters A Quick Quiz
182
DOING IT THE ACTUAL DESIGNS
187
The T Topper
188
The Da Vinci Man Sweater
201
The PuffSleeved Boatnecked Beauty
219
Icelandic Yoke Pullover
328
Traditional Aran Fisherman Sweaters
337
Diagonal Sweaters
343
Designing Your Own Sleeves
349
Designing Your Own Necklines and Collars
362
Creating Your Own Interesting Effects Stripes Intarsia DifferentColored Cables
370
APPENDICES
381
National Knit and Crochet Standards
384
Leisure Arts Standards Finished Sizes
388
Personal Measurement Charts and Records
393
Index
396
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Maggie Righetti, a certified knitting and crochet instructor, is the author of Knitting in Plain English, Crocheting in Plain English, and Universal Yarn Finder. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she runs her own knitting design company.

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