View Full Version : Books on designing

09-25-2008, 05:45 PM
Since I'm unemployed and trying to stay busy w/out going nuts, I thought I would learn how to design knitwear. Are there any books on the subject? For example, last night I started knitting a baby hat I saw in a magazine. After CO, the hat looks more giant than baby! So, I thought I might need to read up on how design a hat so it doesn't look like its made for a giant! (FYI, I followed the pattern--needles, yarn, etc.)

09-25-2008, 06:02 PM
My favorite is Barbara Walker's Knitting From the Top. Also, Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting Design by Sharon Turner.

09-25-2008, 10:57 PM
Knitting by Design, Erickson & Cohen
Designing Knitwear, Newton
Sweater Workshop, Fee
Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4, Walker

09-26-2008, 12:21 AM
Yeah...I have the Teach yourself visually one...
But I think the most useful thing I have is Sweater Wizard, and Sock Wizard softwares. They let you do what you need to do to get things together...like right now...I am trying to make a duplicate of my Girl Guide vest!

09-26-2008, 10:38 AM
Thanks everyone. I saw the Visual book at BAM the other day and almost got it. I'll be going back next week, and will pick it up.

09-27-2008, 12:50 AM
Vogue Knitting (http://www.amazon.com/Vogue-Knitting-Ultimate-Book/dp/193154316X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222490994&sr=8-1) is the ultimate reference, IMHO.

09-27-2008, 04:38 PM

That site has very helpful measurements.

I also like Wendy's new book "Custom knits" it talks alot about how to alter existing patterns as well as design on the fly.