* Learn to design your own pullover, cardigan, skirt, or dress. * Learn how to pair the right yarn and stitch pattern to achieve the look you want. * Learn how to design classic, double-tapered, single-tapered, and reverse-tapered garments and how to design sleeves and sleeve caps that fit. * This book is easy to navigate and easy to follow, even for first-time knitwear designers. * Shirley Paden is a respected fashion knitwear designer and instructor. This book is based on the very successful workshops that she teaches to the fashion industry in New York City.
Shirley Paden is the owner and founder of Shirley Paden Custom Knits. She teaches master knitting classes for the fashion industry and conducts seminars on lace, entrelac, cables, color knitting, and finishing techniques. She lives in New York City.
Praise for the hardcover edition: "Knitters usually begin with simpler items like scarves and move on to more complicated projects like sweaters. But once sweaters are mastered, many experienced knitters want to know how to design their own knitwear--and have it fit. There are a number of books that explain the mechanics and the math of designing sweaters. This one, too, examines commercial patterns, the intricacies and importance of measurement, and the result that comes with various yarns. But this book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume--spiral-bound inside sturdy covers--is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled. Four attractive projects are included as examples of the many techniques author Paden explains." - Ilene Cooper, Booklist "First Reaction: Blown Away. If you're interested in sweater design, and want to understand everything, you need to look at this book. It's amazing. I have other design books in my library...but this one stands on its own." - KnittingScholar.com "This is a comprehensive guide to getting an idea out of your head and into a knitting pattern. It's also a fantastic resource to use to alter an existing pattern to your specifications." - Knitty.com "Add this to your essentials shelf, next to Barbara Walker and Nancy Wiseman. And make something fabulous." - Twist Collective blog "The book's layout is very clean, clear and attractive, with high quality photos and diagrams, to keep the reader inspired and motivated. Paden writes succinctly and well, packing in a wealth of information." - Crochet Insider "Captivating designs with flattering silhouettes." - Quick & Easy Crochet "If you have even the slightest interest in design or want your garments to fit better, Knitwear Design Workshop belongs on your knitting bookshelf." - Knitting Purls newsletter "Easy-to-follow...Shirley Paden offers detailed techniques for achieving just the look and fit that are right for you." - Detroit News "This book is particularly comprehensive in that it explains how to adapt different stitches other than the reliable stockinette to make sweaters that are unique to the knitter. This volume, spiral-bound inside sturdy covers, is not for the faint-of-heart knitter, but those longing to take their knitting to the next level will be enthralled." - Booklist "If you've ever wanted to knit yourself a perfectly tailored and fitted sweater, this is the book for you. Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design." - Knitting Purls Newsletter "Shirley Paden wants to empower you as a knitter to be the best you can be." - The Courier-News "Paden delivers a graduate-level course for very serious knitters, using text, charts, annotated schematics, sketches, sidebars, mathematical conversion formulas--every aid at her considerable disposal--to explain the myriad ways of getting exactly the look you're after by marrying the right yarn and stitch pattern to the right silhouette and sleeve type. Exhaustive, comprehensive--mere adjectives don't begin to describe it so I'll stop trying. Paden is simply in a master class of her own." - Yarn Market News "OMG...Just got Shirley Paden's new knitwear design book and I am totally in LOVE with it! Seriously! IN LOVE!" - Yarn Thing via Twitter "Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design." - Knitcircus Magazine, Summer 2010