I have nothing much to show for the Unleavened Raglan. I have finished the back and moved on to the front. My normal sweater piece knitting order is: back, sleeves (2 at once), then front. I have deviated from this because I am too lazy to figure out how I want the sleeves. I am well aware that I will eventually need to make sleeves, but for now I’m knitting the front.
Also, a quick side note, I am renaming the sweater. Unleavened leads me to thinking of bread w/o yeast which does not rise and because this is one of the loftiest yarns I have knit with the name does not fit. I have not come up with anything better, so until further notice I will still call it the Unleavened Raglan.
Because my knitting is not very interesting I thought I would share with you all my favorite knitting book and why I love it. The book is Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. I have enjoyed her patterns for quite awhile (blog = Knit and Tonic.) When I saw that she had a book I knew I wanted it. I was not disappointed, the patterns are great, but the best parts are below.
The first thing I love about the book is the lack of a “how to knit” chapter. I am absolutely against pattern books including the knitting basics. It is a waste of space. I think a knitter should own a good knitting reference book, and therefore negate the need of every single other pattern book including this information.
Another great part is the first chapter. It is dedicated to understanding schematics, how to measure yourself, and other general information that will help a person knit a sweater that they will actually wear. When I first read through this chapter I felt I could have written it myself.
The next chapters of the book are dedicated patterns that require almost no seaming. Along with each great patterns is a “make it your own” blurb that offers ideas on how to customize the pattern. As a person that can’t seem to ever follow a pattern exactly this is excellent information.
The last and best chapter has more in depth information on alterations and starting a pattern from scratch. This is the best part of the book for me. I can’t wait to try a top down set in sleeve pattern.
A great book that I would recommend for anyone wanting to make a sweater. You can follow the pattern exactly, alter it slightly, or make up your own pattern.
Next up – the first sweater I ever made. Yikes!