Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Book Review Designing Knitwear

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This work aims to offer the reader instructions on how to create their own knitted designs. It provides information on finding inspiration, working with colour, learning to see, using dressmaker details and finishing techniques. The reader is encouraged to develop their own original patterns.
Readers of Vogue Knitting and Threads are familiar with Newton's beautifully crafted knitwear, as are readers of mass circulation periodicals like Family Circle and Woman's Day. Here Newton systematizes her approach to designing handknit garments and, in the process, shares information she searched for in vain when she was a fledgling designer. Using 16 of her original designs as teaching tools, Newton takes the reader from idea to finished garment, emphasizing creative swatching and a lighthearted "what-if?" approach as the creative process begins, followed by solid documentation and detailed garment schematics as the design takes its final form. This is not a how-to-knit book. The author assumes her reader has the knitting skills required to put to good use in-depth information on design sources, yarn characteristics, working with silhouette and fit, and designing with stitch patterns, color, and graphics. Highly recommended.
- Janice Zlendich, California State Univ. Lib., Fullerton
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author
Deborah Newton is one of the top knitwear designers in the United States. She sold her first sweater to McCall's magazine in 1982 and has since designed and produced hundreds of knitted garments for magazines and books. She also designs knitted fabrics for the Seventh Avenue garment trade.

Chapter One
Learning to See

Chapter Two
Designing with Yarn

Chapter Three
Fit and Silhouette

Chapter Four
Designing with Knit and Purl

Chapter Five
Colour and Graphics

Chapter Six
The Comfortable Classics

Chapter Seven
Themes and Samplers

Chapter Eight
Dressmakers Details and Finishing Techniques
Addendum: Pushing the Limits

Designing Knitwear is available from Amazon

Disclosure: I buy knitting books from on-line shops with my own money, I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers. 

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