Title: The New Knitter’s Template
Author: Laura Militzer Bryant and Barry Klein
Photographer: Brent Kane
*Winner of the 2011 PubWest Gold Award, Craft Book Category!
Learn how to customize designs to any size with the techniques, templates and tips included in The New Knitter’s Template.
The templates include bust / chest sizes from 30″ to 60″ and are provided in nine stitch / row gauges for knits worked from the bottom up. It is imperative to take accurate full body measurements in order to have the templates work effectively.
There are 7 steps to make The New Knitter’s Template work for you. These are listed in the User’s Guide on page 7.
The garment types included are straight-up and tapered body styles in five different length options:
- Cropped length, Tapered
- High-hip length, No taper
- Low-hip length, No taper
- Fingertip length, Tapered
- Long length, Tapered
These options are explained on pages 8-9.
Throughout The New Knitter’s Template you will see FAQ sections – with questions and answers to frequently asked questions. These sections are clearly marked and very easy to find and have extra tips which are extremely helpful!
Page 12 explains the different body and neckline styles and page 13 addresses different sleeve and armhole styles. Suggested yarn yardages are available based on style, size and gauge reached – these are available on page 21. These yardages are recommendations only as a number of factors can alter the amount of yarn you will need to make your garment.
How to take proper body measurements is addressed by each specific measurement you need to take and a handy Body Measurement Chart is provided to allow you to keep a record of specific measurements for anyone you choose to measure for a garment.
Finished Measurement Charts are provided based on Bust/Chest Sizes ranging from 30″ to 60″. These measurements are extremely helpful and include armhole depths, necklines, sleeve lengths, back neck widths and shoulder widths. A Blank Pattern Worksheet is provided next and then style diagrams.
The different style options are discussed and include shell, short-sleeve top, long-sleeve pullover, classic or updated cardigan, tailored jacket and coat.
Gauge and different types of yarn are discussed next.
The next section of the book includes 10 Tricks for Custom Knits. These include:
- Half linen stitch
- Lace Stitches
- Simple Slip Stitches
- Knit and Purl Stitches
- Chevron Stitches
- Color Work
- Yarn Creation
The templates are included next and are based on your stitches per inch. These templates are provided from page 60 to 77.
This is a fantastic book for Knitters who wish to customize designs, or dabble at creating their own garments. This is also a tremendous resource for Designers. A large portion of this publication speaks to design and sizing and creating a customized garment. These sections and resources can be applied to both knitting and crocheting. The Final Templates and Tricks for Custom Knits are applicable solely to Knitting.
You can purchase your own copy of The New Knitter’s Template by Laura Militzer Bryant and Barry Klein at Martingale here:
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A special thanks to Martingale for providing me with a review copy of this book! All images used with permission from Martingale and their Photographer Brent Kane.