Imagine knitting a beautiful sweater without the stressful obstacles of sewing, seaming, and grafting.Welcome to Knitwear designer Kristen TenDyke s world of Finish Free Knits While exploring these 20 designs, you will discover stitch free solutions to previously frustrating obstacles needed to finish a design.Kristen will teach you to knit sweaters with no assembly required Through clever planning and some simple techniques, the projects in Finish Free Knits are shaped and joined during knitting without sacrificing the pockets, buttonbands, shaped collars, and that is accomplished in most designs by sewing together separate pieces In addition, learn how to shape armholes, join pieces as you go, use short rows for shaping, and .Once these stress free finishing techniques are learned, you will enjoy the freedom to apply variations of each method in projects beyond the book With Finish Free Knits you can avoid the dreaded Some Assembly Required phrase forever.See all the projects in this book on the author s website kristentendyke.com FFK.php...
|Title||:||Finish-Free Knits: No-Sew Garments in Classic Styles|
|Publisher||:||Interweave November 27, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||160 pages|
|File Size||:||686 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Finish-Free Knits: No-Sew Garments in Classic Styles Reviews
Most knitters have not only yarn stashes but stashes of almost finished sweaters and other projects that require blocking and seaming. It is knitting's dirty little secret: finishing is an art in itself, albeit a tedious one.
This book provides patterns that are both finish-free and beautiful. What a wonderful combination! There are so many I'd love to knit. There is the Ease Tank, "worked entirely with knit stitches (no purls!), a few decreases and a few buttonholes". The Bliss Tunic is one of my favorites. Knit in purple sportweight yarn, it incorporates cables, lace panels, wide ribs and garter stitch. It is absolutely stunning. The light orange Honor Pullover utilizes short rows to shape the ribbed collar and there is some waist shaping. This is a wear whenever sweater. The Grace Cardigan in green features side to side construction. "The sleeves and lower body are bordered with pearl brioche switch". The golden hued Trust Pullover is primarily knit in stockinette stitch. It is a casual sweater and looks quite warm.
If you love beautiful, truly creative sweater patterns, then you need to get this book. If you hate seaming hand-knitted sweaters, then you DEFINITELY need to get this book! Kristen TenDyke offers spectacular bulky yarn pullovers, lacy shrugs, classic cardigans, and much more. She's also developed some innovative techniques to provide unique shaping in no-sew designs. Finish-Free Knits is a great book!
I tend to rate knitting books by a few criteria - how clear and understandable are the directions? how many of the designs would I actually contemplate making myself? and how unique are the designs - how many of them are something I haven't seen before? On all of these, this book rates quite well. Flipping through it, I saw many designs I wanted to make, and several that were unique and special. The directions also seem quite clear, and I see ways I can modify them to better fit my own figure. Overall, this is a good book and worth buying. I can see myself using it over the years, making different garments or modifying patterns to create my own looks.
So many times finish free means just raglan sleeves and a basic garment. This book really has some innovative patterns in many different styles so you'll definitely find something you'll want to knit. I have many pages already tabbed in my copy and have one of the sweaters on the needles. Every pattern has detailed instructions, lots of diagrams and a measurement schematic--not just the basic measurements but what each section of the garment should measure which is really helpful. Also, there are photos of both fronts and backs along with close-up details like sleeve edgings, collars and button closures. Very useful book.
Like most knitters, finishing is not my favorite part of a knitting project. This book has projects where I don't need to worry if the seams look goofy. The projects range from simple to elegant. I had a bit of trouble envisioning what I had to do with the hoodie, but I just blame that on my being left-handed: sometimes I need a picture drawn for me. All the projects in the book are "possibles." I can do them. Although I have been knitting for 42 years, there are some things I've never been adventurous enough to try. I will now with some of the patterns in Finish-Free Knits. Kudos to Kristen TenDyke.
Like many knitters, I like to knit. Period. I do not like to sew things together. I once had a dozen projects knitted and stored in plastic bags, waiting until I felt like sewing them up. Which was, like, never! Bit by bit, from other sources, I learned many of the techniques covered in this book, and now I am only interested in knitting projects which are designed to be finish-free, or which I can re-design to be finish-free. This book is a great help. The only reason that I gave it just 4 stars is that the projects are basically for ladies; although they are very nice projects, I don't knit that much for myself. I knit for crafts sales, and for grandchildren, and most recently am seeking a pattern for a sweater for my husband. Otherwise it is a very helpful book, with clear instructions and good illustrations.