Design Your Own Knits in 5 Easy Steps

Design Your Own Knits in 5 Easy Steps


By (author) Debbie Abrahams

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  • Publisher: Hamlyn
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 277mm x 10mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 060061638X
  • ISBN 13: 9780600616382
  • Illustrations note: Over 180
  • Sales rank: 123,836

Product description

Can't find just the right knitting pattern? Want to create your own designs but not sure how? This practical book has all you need to know to make original knitting patterns in 5 easy steps. Comprehensive information, expert advice and 48 pages of special knitters' graph paper make finding your inspiration, choosing the correct materials and getting your designs onto paper a breeze. And once you have completed the preparation, "Design Your Own Knits in 5 Easy Steps" shows you how to let your ideas flow through your needle with easy-to-understand references for all knitting techniques.

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Author information

Debbie Abrahams graduated from Nottingham Trent University, UK, with a degree in Knitwear Design. After working as a buyer for a major retailer she joined Rowan Yarns, progressing to become their Design Consultant Manager. Debbie has worked as a freelance knitting designer since 2005, and this is her fifth book. Location: Nottingham, England

Table of contents

Introduction. Inspiration and materials. Where can you find inspiration?; Translating your inspiration to knitting; Making sketches; Seeing colours, patterns, motifs and shapes; Creating your palette; Making colours work together; What yarn do you use?; Ideas onto paper. Understanding scale; Simplifying the design; Working with stitches and rows; Creating repeat patterns; Making patterns fit; Converting stitches and rows into measurements; Sample swatches. Why knit a swatch?; How to knit a swatch; How to measure tension accurately; Recording the results; What if the design doesn't work?; Getting the tension right; Mapping out the design. The specification drawing; Where do I get the measurements?; Making all the maths work; Creating your own specification drawing; Drafting basic shapes; Get knitting. Yarn requirements; Calculating quantities; Writing your own pattern; Knitting know-how;