Most knitters, no matter how experienced, will quite willingly volunteer that most of the finished garments they have spent countless hours making have, more often than not, turned out differently than they had anticipated at the outset. The most concentrated area of dissatisfaction appears to be centered around proper fit. The problem is caused by insufficient understanding of commercial pattern instructions followed by a lack of attention to the details of making a meaningful test swatch, and is compounded by a lack of knowledge about taking proper body and/or garment measurements.
This book explores the various techniques involved in designing handknitted garments with a perfect individual fit. It is for handknitters at any level who want to go beyond blindly following commercial pattern instructions. The focus is on those knitters who would like to design their own traditional garments, those who want to design stunning works of wearable art, those who want to experiment with garment shaping, those who want to write commercial patterns, and those who simply want to understand and/or make minor modifications to commercial patterns. There are no prerequisites for using this book, nor is there any assumption of any level of design conversancy. Instead, beginning with the first chapter, you are guided through the different phases of the design process starting with the initial inspiration followed by a summary of the key design elements.
Every step of the design process is detailed and illustrated for clarity. Instructions for four garments illustrate the steps for designing and knitting garments that fit.
Previously published as Knitwear Design Workshop 9781596680869