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Custom Crocheted Sweaters:
Make Garments that Really Fit
by Dora Ohrenstein
2012. 144 pages. Lark Crafts. $22.95.
I have long admired Dora Ohrenstein’s beautiful designs and clear and easy writing style, so when I was asked to review Custom Crocheted Sweaters: Make Garments that Really Fit, I was beyond excited!! Based on Dora’s past books, I already expected it to be good, but what I didn’t expect is just how valuable a resource it would be!
- take accurate body measurements
- choose the appropriate yarn and hook size
- understand schematics
- break down a pattern into sections
- obtain an appropriate gauge
- alter patterns to fit your unique measurements and fit preference
The book has 10 very feminine and sophisticated sweater patterns, starting off with basic sweater constructions and gradually growing more complex. The designs use a variety of constructions, including dropped shoulder, raglan, fitted sleeve, round yoke, and top down. Each sweater pattern includes a detailed discussion of the construction techniques used, suggestions on what to consider when substituting yarns, and alteration tips for customizing the pattern for your shape and desired fit.
Dora Ohrenstein is a designer, writer, teacher, and classically trained singer. She is also the founder and editor of the webzine Crochet Insider. Dora has published two other books, Creating Crochet Fabric: Experimenting with Hook, Yarn & Stitch (Lark, 2010) and Crochet Insider’s Passion for Fashion (Leisure Arts, 2008), and her designs have appeared in Interweave Crochet, Inside Crochet, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today, as well as in several pattern collection books.