I hate seaming, so was thrilled to find a book on designing your own sweaters in the round. I have already made a pullover and a cardigan and have gotten a way better fit than I ever did following a pattern.
I have a large stash of yarn and always had difficulty going through my patterns and matching what yarn I had to a design worked in a specific yarn.
It seems there are more books out there that encourages you to free think design and compensate for personal body shape.
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