From the initial spark of inspiration to the sewing of the final seam, the founder of Shirley Paden Custom Knits here lays out a master class on the knitwear design process. Paden explains how to identify the right yarns for particular designs and pattern stitches; provides lessons on how to design double-tapered, single-tapered, and reverse-tapered garments with sleeves or sleeve caps that fit; and offers a clearer understanding of commercial pattern instructions and how to modify them. Paden demonstrates her master techniques through four complete projects, taking knitters beyond commercial patterns and into designing their own traditional knitwear or wearable works of art.
"Shirley Paden has created a veritable textbook of knitwear design."—Knitcircus Magazine