Dressed in Knits: 19 Designs for Creating a Custom Knitwear Collection by Alex Capshaw-Taylor
Published: November 27th 2015 by Interweave Press
This book is Super-classy. I mean, like, some of these patterns, I’d fell like I would have to do my hair and makeup just to make them, let alone wear them. they’re highly elegant and very flattering (at least, they are on the models). All of them except one, a random cropped jacket that’s all bobbles. It didn’t fit with the rest of the collection at all. These were the kind of sweaters and camisoles you go into an expensive shop and you’re afraid to touch the yarn because it’s like a whole paycheck if you accidently get something on it.
There were several light sweaters and cardigans, a few designed for outerwear, a camisole, a couple dresses, a hat, and a purse. I was a little surprised not to see a skirt in the collection but I did love what was there.
Also. One of the prettiest cabled sweaters I’ve ever seen.
The book also details how to go about measuring, fitting, and sizing your new classy wardrobe. There were clear instructions and diagrams all the way through. Most of the patterns use needles between size 5 and 7. There are a few size 3, and the projects that are felted use 10.5. I’d recommend to intermediate knitters who want a really nice project but don’t want to go highly complicated.
About the Book
Knit your own couture wardrobe!
As a knitter, you know the appeal of creating a piece that can go from home to office, from weekday to weekend--and, most importantly, that looks flattering on your figure. But that can be easier said than done! Until now.
Knitwear designer Alex Capshaw-Taylor has created a collection of 19 knitted garments and accessories featuring timeless, high-fashion designs that are refreshingly easy to wear.
In "Dressed in Knits," you'll experiment with a variety of techniques including multidirectional knitting, colorwork (intarsia and stranded), cabling, and more. Unique to this guide is helpful information devoted to educating knitters on couture details that produce designer quality finished pieces. Alex will demonstrate proper seeming, picking up stitches, applying beads, turning a hem, creating pockets, steeking, adding zippers to knitwear, and more. Helpful tips on styling finished garments will also be sprinkled throughout the book, like how adding a belt to a piece can change the silhouette giving it a totally different look.
"Dressed in Knits" isn't just another knitting book. It's your fashion-forward guide to a whole new wardrobe