Custom Knits : Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques, Hardback Book

Custom Knits : Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques Hardback

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Not every knitter wants to be a designer, but most would like to have the skills to customize a design to make it their own.

In this book Wendy Bernard presents 25 sweater designs, along with inventive variations for 10 of those patterns (photos included for all 25 designs plus the 10 variations).

Wendy employs her hilarious writing style to lament the common pitfalls of knitting and provides step-by-step lessons on customization so that one can customize any pattern - not just the ones included in the book - to their own liking.

Patterns are written for a wide range of sizes that the knitter can either knit as is or customize. For more adventurous knitters there is a 'Starting from Scratch' section with formulas for how to design a sweater with no pattern at all, as well as a tutorial on how to make a dress form to mate one's figure out of duct tape, a hanger and some batting.

Custom Knits is both a pattern book and a reference book for the budding designer.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 168 pages, 75 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
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  • Category: Knitting & crochet
  • ISBN: 9781584797135



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An interesting book. It starts with the authors philosophy and a "how to make your own custom dress form" guide, then takes you on a journey through some patterns and then to how to adapt said patterns to suit yourself. This is all top-down construction, which suits some people and doesn't suit some others, but it does talk about adjusting designs and working them for yourself. This is a book for someone who knows something about what they're letting themselves in for. Definitely not a beginners book, though many of the patterns are mostly stocking (or stockingette) stitch or with a little bit of fairly simple design involved. It's a book to stretch you, to make you think about your relationship with your favourite jumpers and see how you can make them yourself, in your own favourite colours and with your own detail.Overall, I'm torn, it's a good book with interesting ideas but nothing really sings to me in it, except of course the guidelines.

Review by

This book is great. It's one of few books I love most of the patterns and if I don't absolutely love it, there are instructions on modifying them (or any other pattern for that matter) so that I do love it. There also plenty of other tips and ideas included that are fabulous. On a lesser note I also love the design of the book. I highly recommend it.