Today's Handmade Holiday Giveaway is doing double duty as a blog tour stop for Modern Top-Down Knitting. To say I'm excited about this review/giveaway would be an understatement. I have a copy of the book sitting shiny and new right in front of me, just waiting to be packaged and sent to a lucky reader. It will be perfect for making an extra special handmade gift, or for passing along to your favorite knitter. I know you're going to love it.
At first glance, the projects and patterns in this book might appear too difficult for anyone but the expert knitter. But a quick read through the introduction will make you believe otherwise. The author, Kristina McGowan, describes her own journey into top-down knitting using the techniques and philosophies pioneered by, Barbara Walker. Kristian explains her own reservations about using Walker's book and later learning that "not only were no elaborate skills required, but the ideas were exiting and revelatory..."
The beauty of these patterns is that being made from the top and often in-the-round makes it possible to try on the garment while it is being knit giving you full control of length and fit. Also, and this is a big seller for me, there is no seaming! I hate seams. The three key techniques used for this kind of knitting are the provisional cast on- short row shaping, and sitting in sleeves seamlessly. Each of these techniques are thoroughly described with plenty of pictures to help you along.
I took my copy of Modern Top-Down Knitting with me on vacation so that my sister-in-law and I could get a chance to really study it. We spent two days oohing and aaahing over all of the projects, the gorgeous photography, and the matte texture of the pages, which I'm always a sucker for. And since I'm sure you're dying to know, here are just a few of the projects that have made my to-make list:
I really wish I had been wearing these when we pulled up to our house yesterday.
Mmm, I love tunics. Don't you?
And now...for a giveaway.
One lucky Narrating Life reader will receive a copy of Modern Top-Down Knitting: Sweaters, Dresses, Skirts & Accessories Inspired by the Techniques of Barbara G. Walker courtesy of STC.
Congratulations Anna! Please email me ASAP to claim your prize!
P.S. The next stop on the blog tour is the lovely Knit-a-While. Be sure to head over there tomorrow for a Q & A!
Handmade Holiday 2010: a series about making it happen.