by Sharon Turner
This is another Master Pattern book with a slightly different approach. The charts for the master patterns are interspersed with text which may be good for some knitters.
The Master Patterns are written in 5 gauges (2 – 6 st / inch). There are Master Patterns for:
- hats (4),
- bags (2 including felting),
- socks (5 sizes: 1 heel, 2 toes, toe-up),
- mitts (lots of cuffs), hand warmers, gloves,
- sweaters (22″ – 55″; round and V-neck; collars, turtleneck, neckbands)
There is a yarn estimate chart in the back of the book and a small section on colour theory.
What I liked:
- good section on techniques with lots of pictures
- small stitch dictionary
- design/gauge charts are spread out throughout the text which is better for some readers
The Flip Side:
- no metric
- no knitting in the round
- a little skimpy on the “choosing the right yarn” for novice knitters
- some instructions are vague e.g. Stockinette Drop Stitch “purl across, dropping yo loops as you go” might leave one without any stitches at all!
- mentions baby/child sizes allow “generous ease” but never says how much that is; no ease amounts are given for adults but an ease table is included — again, just a little unclear; do child sizes include ease and adult ones don’t???
- there’s a short rather cryptic written section on how to do the math for your own designs
Maybe borrowing this book from the library first would give you a good idea if it fits your designing style.