Modern Top-Down Knitting: Sweaters, Dresses, Skirts & Accessories Inspired by the Techniques of Barbara G. Walker

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Stewart, Tabori and Chang, Oct 1, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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For decades, knitters have been constructing garments using the wonderfully efficient top-down technique made famous by Barbara G. Walker in her renowned tome Knitting from the Top. But never have the results looked as glamorous and city-chic as they do in Modern Top-Down Knitting. In this sophisticated wom­enswear collection, designer Kristina McGowan presents streamlined, feminine dresses, tunics, and skirts; elegant cardigans and pullovers; and stylish go-to accessories such as hats and mitts. Also included are step-by-step photo tutorials that make top-down techniques easy to understand and sizing and style adjustments a cinch to achieve. Detailed instructions are also included for finishing garments with couture-quality trims and linings, so they look just as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside.

"Kristina McGowan presents a charming collection of original designs in knitwear, to inspire knitters of all levels of skill. Her work incorporates the two essential qualities of good knitting direction: (1) her ideas are fresh, fashionable, and interesting; and (2) her instructions are clear and easily followed. Hers is an excellent book." 
Barbara G. Walker 

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User Review  - Pferdina - LibraryThing

I love the look of the items in this book. They are very sophisticated. All of the models look like twigs, though, and I can't imagine that these skirts, dresses, and tunics would look anything buy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

This book is beautiful! The designs are stunning and the photographs are inspiring. If I had unlimited resources and time, I would knit several of the projects - dresses, sweaters, skirts, etc... The ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kristina McGowan is a New York City-based knitwear designer. She holds a doctorate degree in social science from Syracuse University.

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