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desi_knitter
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  3:37:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit desi_knitter's Homepage Send desi_knitter a Private Message
I know Clara's review said this is a great book to use (and that's a relief!) but what are the patterns like? Are they dated or more contemporary? Has anyone made cardigans or pullovers from this book?

Atavistic
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  4:58:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
It's numbers. You find your gauge and size and knit by the numbers. You use whatever stitch, yarn, etc you want.

Not fantastic for smaller gauges (you aren't going to find the numbers for a sweater worked at 8 spi) although you can easily work around that.


Amanda

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twiggyann
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  5:48:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit twiggyann's Homepage Send twiggyann a Private Message
The "copycat" patterns in there (the finished patterns included) are basically pretty classic. But as Amanda pointed out, it's not so much a pattern book as it is a book to give you the tools and starting points to design your own sweaters with your choice of yarn and needles.

Lesley

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amber
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  12:42:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit amber's Homepage Send amber a Private Message
I love this book. No matter what yarn I want to buy I know I can make it into a sweater. And if I want to add a cable or knit it in seed stitch I know I can. Great book.

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myshelle10
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  6:21:27 PM  Show Profile Send myshelle10 a Private Message
It's a great "blueprint" book-- from it you can make things that are currently fashionable or unfashionable, depending on how your tastes run <grin> Kidding. But it's a great resource for the numbers, shaping, and/or angles of certain things....

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Punctuatedknitter
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Posted - 11/03/2005 :  11:14:49 AM  Show Profile Send Punctuatedknitter a Private Message
This is a great book. I use it when I'm altering a regular pattern as well as for making up my own. Besides having the numbers listed, it also has very detailed schematics.

My most-used book is her book of patterns, which includes one sweater (the sweater book includes several kinds of sleeves), gloves, socks, mittens, and hats.
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PattiG
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Posted - 11/06/2005 :  06:37:17 AM  Show Profile Send PattiG a Private Message
I have this book, but I'm intimidated by it. I can't seem to make myself sit down and figure it out... I find it easier to go with a ready-made pattern, but I do want to start designing my own stuff at some point.

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truly violet
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Posted - 11/06/2005 :  07:09:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
Patti just take a few minutes at a time and go step by step.
use post it note to isolate the numbers in the charts you are going to be using

vi

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desi_knitter
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Posted - 11/06/2005 :  08:35:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit desi_knitter's Homepage Send desi_knitter a Private Message
I did buy it and it is very good. Just my luck that my gauge is 5.25 spi, and she has 4,5,6,7. I still have to do some arithmetic to figure out decreases and so on.
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Atavistic
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Posted - 11/06/2005 :  08:47:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
Just do another size.

For example, pretend you want to do a sweater 40 inches around at 5.25 spi. 40 inches at 5.25 spi is 210 sts total or 105 sts/front or back. Find a gauge/size that has you cast on 105 stitches (or as close as you can get) and follow those directions. A 42 inch sweater at 5 spi should work (42 in 2 pieces is 21 inches, at 5 spi is 105 sts).

Amanda

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