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

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

5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Discover top-down knitting from the ground up! Fiber and yarn enthusiasts will celebrate Ann Budd's latest addition to The Knitter's Handy Book series.

Answering to a growing interest in knitting sweaters from the top down and knitting seamless sweaters that require little finishing, this handy book offers instructions for knitting four basic sweater types: circular yoke, raglan, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder.

Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges and for a broad age group.

Following the basics for each of the four sweater types are three diverse patterns from top designers that illustrate some of the many ways that instructions can be used as springboards for creative expression, including color, texture, and shaping variations.

Also included for intermediate to advanced knitters are personal design touches, detailed charts, clear instruction, and quick tips to expand knitting possibilities and maintain creative originality.

A key reference for knitters of all skill levels, this is the new essential knitting resource on your bookshelf.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 264 pages, 200 colour
  • 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!