Monday, March 5, 2012

Book Review: Custom Crocheted Sweaters: Make Garments that Really Fit

Custom Crocheted Sweaters: Make Garments that Really Fit by Dora Ohrenstein

Thank you to Lark publishing for sending me a complimentary copy to review.  The book is 144 pages with 10 sweater shapes. The book is separated into 17 lessons, about 2 lessons per pattern, to address every area of a sweater that may need a custom fit. Everything from neckline adjustments, length and width adjustments.

The book has patterns of several types of sweaters. In this book Dora tackles drop shoulder, raglan one piece top down, rounded yoke and motif sweaters. There is a sweater vest to address armhole lessons, longer length tunic sweater to address waist placement. What's interesting, is that the sweater patterns don't even begin until page 49.  That means she takes the first 48 pages to teach about sweater construction, shape, reading schematics, taking measurements, choosing the right size, choosing the right fiber, understanding gauge, understanding repeats.  But the learning doesn't stop there, the lessons continue as they are applied to the sweaters within the book. The sweaters are all very classic in style, and at first glance may not appear to be cutting edge, but this is a book about learning the basics.  While the patterns offer eye candy, the real star of the book is the text and the lessons you'll learn by reading the patterns.  Also included:  stitch diagrams, schematics, multiple photos per pattern, yep, there is math.

This book is going on my "reading" list.  I want to read it and see what new lessons or new perspectives I can gain from it.  If you want to make the leap from accessories to garments, this book might give you just the support you need to give it a go! 

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