Essential Knit Sweaters: Patterns for Every Sweater You Ever Wanted To Wear Every Day

Stackpole. Mar. 2024. 192p. ISBN 9780811772761. $29.95. CRAFTS
Originally published in Germany, this title contains a variety of adaptable sweater patterns. Knitting pattern designer Ludwig provides a wide-ranging and deep introduction to knitting techniques. A highlight is that it explains why specific methods are used. She gives an overview of the book’s patterns, along with instructions for modifying them. There’s even a chart that shows which elements from different patterns can be recombined to create a different look. Pattern sizes range from XS to XXL and are modeled by a variety of people. The patterns are grouped by construction methods, including those knitted flat and seamed, top-down raglan styles, sweaters with circular yokes, and more. With the exception of a lace panel in the final sweater, none of the patterns are charted, and the standard terms for yarn weight are not listed with the suggested yarn. Some of the terms are different from those generally used by knitters in the U.S., and the system for designating pattern difficulty is not explained.
VERDICT For knitters who already have general knowledge about standard terms for this craft form. Readers interested in understanding how and why different construction elements are employed will especially enjoy this title.
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