Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NEW Book - Modern Top-Down Knitting

Modern Top-Down Knitting  by Kristina McGowan ~ $35.95

Like the convenience of knitting top-down, but don't like the frumpy old patterns available? You are really going to like this book! The contents is in the subtitle: Sweaters, Dresses, Skirts & Accesories Inspired by the Techniques of Barbara G. Walker. Yes, walker is the lady who wrote 4 tomes of lace charts, but she is also the mistress of top-down knitting (see Knitting from the Top).  The book offers a pile of sweaters (blessedly with set-in slevees), hats, some skirts, some jackets, several dresses, some tunics, some tanks, a wrap, a cowl, gauntlets, and slippers.  The pieces are fashion forward but also classic (McGowan is a garment designer in NYC).

The instructions on how to make short-row set in sleeves is summary, so if you are interested in the formula for that I'd refer you to Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard, where's it's all laid out in detail. Otherwise, Niiiiice!

Addenda Nov 18, 2010
Ad Maude suggests, Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top is an excellent resource!

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fabriquefantastique said...

this might be for me....I'll be in to see you in the next week or so..

Haley said...

Yes, you should definitely check it out! I thought it was really interesting, I did not expect there to be so much variety in the projects - a happy surprise!

maude said...

LOVE love Modern Top-Down Knitting-- I want to make almost all of the patterns. Most are simplicity & perfection. Where have you been in recent knitting books? Well. Life in general...
Also, for the short row set formula, I'd go to Barbara Walker, as she has more info than Bernard. (& is the source of the top down method & more interesting!)

Haley said...

thanks maude! you are right, Walker's Knitting from the Top is great!

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