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I'd like to pu a book on knitting sweaters on my wishlist to help me design my own... here are the few in the running:

Custom Knits - Wendy Bernard
Knitting Around - EZ
The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns - Ann Bud
The Sweater Workshop - Jacqueline Fee

Any opinions from more experienced knitters than myself?


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Comment by June Swanson on February 20, 2010 at 8:48pm
Did you ever get one the knitting books? I personally use Sweater Workshop all the time. Especially for making cardigans. The front button borders are worked right along with the body of the sweater in one piece. I am short and hard to fit and this way of making sweaters, custom fits me perfect and it is simple and easy with lots of room for your own designs as you become more use to it. I love it!
Comment by Christina Boncek on December 2, 2009 at 12:22pm
I have both Custom knits and Sweater Designs in plain English. If you already have experience, I'd recommend Sweater Design. This book goes into how to choose shapes and colors and designing a pattern from start to finish. If you are just getting started, Custom Knits explains how to modify a pattern to suit your measurements. The patterns in it are lovely. I think it depends how in depth you want to go.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 1, 2009 at 6:35pm
I agree that anything by EZ is good for helping you learn how to make sweaters to your own design. I also really like Knitting in the Old Way. The percentage system is used on lots of different kinds of sweaters, with a variety of different sleeve types, neck treatments, colorwork, textured sts, etc. I'm really enjoying it and plan to use it a lot. The Sweater Workshop is also good for a beginner to learn the different maneuvers necessary to tackle all the sweater patterns available. I like Custom Knits, too. I plan on making the duct tape dress form! --P
Comment by PickleSue on December 1, 2009 at 5:50pm
I'm going to have to check out Custom Knits, that's the second vote for that...
Comment by PickleSue on December 1, 2009 at 3:21pm
I vote for anything by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I have all of them except The Opinionated Knitter. I would get Knitting Workshop first probably. My local library has The Sweater Workshop. I checked it out once- it didn't really 'wow' me, but maybe I wasn't ready for it yet. You might want to check your local library before you choose a specific one. If they have one of the ones you're thinking about, you might think about getting one of the other ones. Elizabeth Zimmerman is a different type of teacher. She wants you to swatch for gauge and make a sweater to fit regardless of the yarn and needles. She doesn't give you a specifically prescribed pattern. If you are wanting to design, Knitting Workshop may be just the one you would want! Hope my 2 cents helps you.
Comment by Sock Girl on December 1, 2009 at 2:37pm
Custom Knits - Wendy Bernard
This is a must. Happy knitting!
Comment by Anita Doherty on December 1, 2009 at 12:11pm
The only one from your above list that I have is The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and I really like it. It is a little confusing at first, lots and lots of charts, with things like if your size is x and your gauge is y, then cast on z stitches. Once you get the hang of it, though, it looks like you can do just about anything. Unfortunately I have yet to actually use it, since I got caught up doing Christmas and wedding projects, but I also have The knitters handy book of patterns (which has the inset sleeve sweater patterns, too) and have just about worn that one out. I love being able to make up my own patterns for various things with it.

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