The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns

I picked this book up the other day (on vacation) and have to tell you about it. It's a basic book, EXACTLY what I was looking for. Whether you're looking for sweaters, mittens, socks, gloves, hats... the idea is simple. You figure out your gauge (for any yarn and any needle) and it sets out a basic pattern for almost any size - child to adult. Talk about cool!

I haven't yet made anything out of it, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try when I finish my daughters "Wonderful Wallaby" sweater. This may possibly become my favorit knitting book...period!

(Ok, second or third perhaps to the Knitting (Man)ual or Knitting with Balls....) :-)

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BuduR's picture

*glances at the bookshelf* might have to get another one :D

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chunkiejunkie's picture

Hadn't seen this book before but it looks extremely practical. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around designing my own sweaters and this book looks like it will help you with the standard garment formats and sizes. Looks like my current binge on knitting gear isn't quite over yet.

KilgoreTrout's picture

Great find! I have the Knitters Handy Book of Patterns.... but not the one specially for sweaters! Ann Budd provides a great tool.... patterns for almost every size and gauge that are simple and easy to embellish. Great to have if you want to start designing your own patterns.

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drmel94's picture

I have it. Haven't used it much, to be honest, but it is a handy reference point on construction. The emphasis on flat-knit & sewn construction is probably my biggest beef with it, but there's no reason the patterns can't be adapted to in-the-round knitting with steeks.

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Knipper's picture

have both of Ann Budd's Handy books and they are worth it. Great for points of reference. Enjoy. When I did my first set in sleeve sweater a few years ago, I followed her guidelines for the decreasing and modified as needed for my own needs. It all worked out and is a great looking sweater.

fredbare's picture

I have this book at home and use it all the time. I have made 2 cardigans by using the basic pattern and adapting it to my own requirements. I am now working on a variagated wool jumper using it. Fab book and well worth the money.

Marc's picture

Thank you very much for mentioning this book! I've been looking for a book just like this, one that gives distinct step by step instructions and doesn't seem to make any assumptions about the knitter's prior experience.

Looking at the few pages they had available for preview at, I'm quite impressed by the level of detail it gives, providing knitting dimensions for a wide range of sizes and gauges.

I'm heading out to Borders to pick it up tomorrow!