Knitwear Design Workshop A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits

Knitwear Design Workshop is for all knitters who want to go beyond commercial pattern instructions, whether it's modifying those instructions for a garment that fits them perfectly, designing their own traditional knitwear, or creating stunning works of wearable art.

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Discover how to create your own dramatic and unique knitwear!

Expert knitwear designer Shirley Paden approaches Knitwear Design Workshop as she does her design classes—teaching through example. With her new book, you'll learn all the tricks of the trade for designing with step-by-step instructions for using measurements, calculations, and schematics.

Knitwear Design Workshop is your backstage pass to the world of design. Inside you'll discover:
  • How to design double-tapered, single-tapered, and reverse-tapered garments with sleeves or sleeves caps that fit
  • Designing with armholes, necklines, neckbands, and collars and labels
  • A clearer understanding of commercial pattern instructions
  • Ways to improve your attention to detail with a meaningful test swatch
  • Stronger knowledge of proper body or garment measurements
  • How to handle design challenges in a variety of garments such as cardigans, skirts, and dresses
  • And much more!

Perfectly packaged in an easy-to-use hardbound, hidden spiral format, Knitwear Design Workshop is chock full of in-depth information, including measuring a gauge, working silhouette and fit, designing with stitch patterns, selecting color, and yarn characteristics. Also included in this helpful resource are four breathtaking projects—great for both design inspiration and creation! 400 pages.

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Pea CoatDusterCabled Coat with Cape CollarTwisted Flowers Pullover
Pictured: Pea Coat, Double Leaves & Twists Duster, Cabled Coat with Cape Collar, Twisted Flowers Pullover

A prolific knitwear designer, Shirley Paden's impressive work serves as a concrete example to identify the right yarn for particular garment design and pattern stitches, and to knit a perfect fit. Instructions for five new projects designed by Paden will further demonstrate how the techniques learned can translate into one-of-a-kind garments.

Knitwear Design Workshop is for all knitters who want to go beyond commercial pattern instructions, whether it's modifying those instructions for a garment that fits them perfectly, designing their own traditional knitwear, or creating stunning works of wearable art. This priceless information is a gem for your knitting library.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU 09KN01
Product Type Book
Binding Hardcover
Number Of Pages 344
ISBN 13 9781596680869
Author/Designer Shirley Paden-Bernstein
Customer Reviews (3)
Knitwear Design Workshop: The comprehensive guide to handknits
This is one of the best books I've seen on knitwear design. I've been knitting for 30+ years and this book covers everything someone would need in order to design something knitted. It covers all the basics as well as more advanced items such as designing collars, and decreasing and increasing to make something fitted. I love how she explains all the terms used in various knitting techniques in a clear and concise way. Review by Debbie Hayes (Posted on 5/29/2011)
Fantastic resource!
To say that I am very impressed with this book is putting it lightly. I consider myself a beginner designer that still has much to learn. I own a LOT of knitting reference books. NONE compares to this one book. The wealth of information in this book boggles the mind. The step-by-step design process for so many shapes. The book teaches you how to take accurate measurements with pictures of exactly where to take these measurements on the body. The amount of worksheets in this book is worth the price alone. Each worksheet helps you calculate how many stitches you need for each section of your garment. And then!! Several full-blown, BEAUTIFUL patterns are just the cherry on top. I can sit here and wax poetic about this book for weeks on end as I have been doing so non-stop to anyone who will listen since I received it. Unfortunately, you will have to purchase one yourself to see what I mean. You will NOT regret it. I can see Interweave selling out of many printings of this book for years to come. Review by Rosi Garmendia (Posted on 3/25/2010)
Knitwear Design Workshop
<p>Wow - what a wealth of information.</p> <p>I received my book a few days ago, (and admittedly have only read the first two chapters and eagerly scanned the whole book), but as somewhat of an advanced-intermediate-self-taught-beginner not afraid to tackle anything, I wanted to give my opinion. <p>To those who feel half-hearted in approaching the idea of designing and knitting your own creations, Shirley Paden has written an instructional book in a clear and understandable format. The illustrations and photos are precise and easy to take in - corresponding with the captions nicely. This hardback book has a spiral binding for ease of laying flat. She has provided an Outline to copy and fill in which will take you from your initial design to the finished piece with instructions, calculations and tips provided in this book. I just learned to knit a few years ago (finally) so I could design and knit my own wearable art, and I do believe I will be able to do just that!</p> Review by Leslie Moody Cresswell (Posted on 3/1/2010)
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