The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters : Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges, Paperback Book

The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters : Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges Paperback

5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Ann Budd's creative ingenuity continues to marvel fiber and yarn enthusiasts nationwide, and this latest addition to The Knitter's Handy Book series is no exception.

Answering to a growing interest in knitting sweaters from the top down and knitting seamless sweaters that require little finishing, this essential book offers instructions for designing and knitting your own one-of-a-kind top-down sweaters.

Instructions are based on five basic sweater types (seamless yoke, raglan, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder), in multiple sizes for both adults and children, and in multiple yarn gauges.

Each of the five sweater types is conveniently accompanied by three full-length patterns, one from a featured top designer.

The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters is the new indispensable knitting resource on your bookshelf.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 232 pages, 200 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
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  • Category: Knitting & crochet
  • ISBN: 9781596684836



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I always feel that Ann Budd doesn't let me down. Her latest volume of "Handy Books," the Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters presents the same common sense, no nonsense, easy-to-understand reference classic as Handy Sweater Patterns and Handy Patterns. figure out your gauge, pick your sweater style and go with it. Follow the instructions to the letter to get a basic, classic sweater, or, in this book, beautiful sweaters have been designed by knitting notables to give you everything you need to create lovely garments that will be worn and treasured. I'm so grateful that my niece knew just what I'd want for this Christmas- and just what she'd like for next Christmas.

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Love, love, love this book. So much so that I borrowed it first them bought it so I can have it forever! Being a new knitter and not so great with math I was getting brain boggle trying to figure out how to size a sweater, trying to get gauge and never quite making it. That is until I got this great book. Ms. Budd takes all of the guess work out and teaches us how to make a sweater to match OUR GAUGE instead of trying to fit into someone else's mold. I found it a tad confusing at first but once you get going it all falls into place. For me it was one of those things that makes more sense when when you trust the pattern and just go one stitch at a time. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to knit a sweater that requires little or no sewing using their favorite size needles!