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Jun 13, 2014

We have a winner! 

AMR, please email me at apalmer at to claim your free copy of New American Knits and yarn. 


We've been busy here in Knitscene Central, putting the final touches on Knitscene Fall and trying to keep our heads from spinning at the awesome reception Knitscene Accessories has gotten.

I don't really have anything Knitscene to show at the moment because I don't want to spoil the Fall preview (soooooooon, my precious), but I did want to talk about New American Knits.


Frequent Knitscene and Interweave Knits contributor Amy Christoffers designed 20 new patterns, a mix of garments and accessories, for her collection. In Amy's own words, "New American Knits is about applying traditional knitting skills and textile motifs to contemporary wearable knitting. It is nostalgic but not vintage, with textures and colorwork motifs adapted and applied with an eye toward creating a modern wardrobe." Each project is named after an American artist who inspires Amy—here's a little peek at all of the patterns in the book, and you can pre-order it (on sale, even!) or download the digital edition right this minute.


From top to bottom: Benton Cardigan, Hopper Cardigan, and Tanner Cowl

I fell in love with this book when I saw the cover image for the first time. The Nevelson Lace Pullover is simply perfect, and completely epitomizes Amy's aesthetic. Classic, easy to knit, and wearable for any body type, I knew I had to have this sweater. And now, I've got the yarn to knit it—some delicious Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in the Farwell color. 


More importantly, you can too! The wonderful folks at Lorna's Laces have donated enough Shepherd Sport to make the any of the pattern sizes (roughly 36¾–48¼" bust circumference) in patina, the color of the sample in the book. And I'm sending one lucky winner all of this beautiful yarn and a copy of New American Knits so you can knit the Nevelson Lace Pullover. 


This could be yours!

To enter the contest, leave a comment below and tell me what you look for in a garment pattern. Are you anti- or pro-seaming? Like lace elements? Drool over clever colorwork? Let me know which garment techniques appeal to you in a comment to this post and on June 20, 2014, our panel of judges will pick one winner for best tip from the entered comments. Check back on June 20 to see if you’ve won. The Contest begins on June 12, 2014, 3:00 p.m. and ends June 20, 2014, 1:59 9.m. Eastern Time ("ET"). Due to the variety of rules regulating contests worldwide, we can only select winners from entrants that are U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), 18 years old or older at the time of entry; and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Read the official contest rules here.

Edit to add: You must be a member of Knitting Daily to leave a comment on this blog post--click the Join button to the top right of the page if you're not already a member!

My apologies to anyone who can't enter this contest—I don't make the rules but I do have to abide by them.

Until next time, happy knitting!


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RareJewel wrote
on Jul 9, 2014 12:15 AM

I look for style and sizes in a pattern first.  Then I look at the suggest yarn.

on Jun 27, 2014 9:20 PM

What I look for in a pattern are first and foremost is do I love the design?  If it's poorly designed it's not worth time to knit it.  I don't mind seaming, so either in the round or flat is ok with me.

EvelynV@3 wrote
on Jun 21, 2014 9:55 PM

My choice is always figure flattering styles with simple, classic stitch patterns and interesting finishing details.

Jenna wrote
on Jun 21, 2014 2:05 AM

confused:  official rules says time period is April 2014 and  this page gives a deadline I don't understand.  "... ends June 20, 2014, 1:59 9.m. Eastern Time ..."

AmandaD@2 wrote
on Jun 20, 2014 6:23 PM

I look for  patterns that I am confident I can make to fit, whether myself or someone for whom I would like to knit.  

timelessdog wrote
on Jun 20, 2014 6:40 AM

I struggle with seaming, I always feel like I am seaming my garment into submission.  I look for things that have color and drape with a young look for an old lady <G>.  I still love the Lopi sweaters, things with cables and lace tops of cotton.  Its all wonderful.  I especially am looking these days for elegant looks that can go with jeans and casual.  I look for patterns with easy to see and read designs because my eyes can't take the little pattern blocks.  I like those type of directions better than rows of written instruction.

Carmen@114 wrote
on Jun 19, 2014 2:07 PM

I'm not a big fan of seaming. I really like top-down patterns and am particularly fond of lace, mock cables or fair isle.

JillM@13 wrote
on Jun 18, 2014 6:00 PM

I love garments with refined (lady-like) details that are flattering to those of us with a large bust.  Lace and cables are great, but I would only use colorwork for accents, not a whole sweater.   If raglan sleeves are used, they have to be designed so that they don't over-emphasize "the girls".  The three sweater shown on this webpage are good examples of refined details--flattering lines and not too bulky or clingy or see-through.

alexanka wrote
on Jun 18, 2014 5:17 PM

Looks like a fun new project!

johnkia09 wrote
on Jun 18, 2014 11:45 AM

I always look for patterns with a challenge-a new stitch pattern I've never tried or a totally out-of-my-comfort-zone way of putting the garment together (I just started a sweater that involves steeking....eek!). I really love the challenge of figuring out a new technique, even though it sometimes ends in frogging the entire sweater....But when it does work out, it feels so awesome!  :)

ChrisH-H wrote
on Jun 18, 2014 11:20 AM

I look for something that will be interesting to knit. Although I like colourwork in small projects like mittens and socks, I prefer lacey elements or cables in sweaters. I don't like finishing (sewing up seams) but I would rather have a sweater that fits well because I could adjust the pieces than an easy finish.

The patterns in this new collection are lovely!

spalcic wrote
on Jun 18, 2014 11:08 AM

I love lace, cables, and colorwork.  Learning new things is what makes knitting so interesting but the old reliable is what I work on in my knitting groups, which is where I learn the best new books to read, movies to see, and gardening techniques.  Aren't knittters the best?!

Huelsbeck wrote
on Jun 18, 2014 6:57 AM

I like to knit, but I don't care for sewing so I prefer seamless. Also some texture or lace to keep it interesting.

Sparky77 wrote
on Jun 18, 2014 12:42 AM

I have been knitting for 9 years, and I just figured out that I have made 27 adult sweaters, and 20+ children's sweaters!

Now I look for patterns that challenge me and require me to learn new skills. I love lace, cables, and colorwork, and I look for designs that incorporate those elements.

I enjoy top down patterns, but I don't mind seaming, when it is necessary.

There are so many talented and creative designers, that I know I will never run out of wonderful patterns to knit!

bpknits2 wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 10:27 PM

I enjoy knitting pieces that are timeless and elegant. After all, we spend valuable time knitting small or big pieces and we want to enjoy them and last a lifetime.

I look for garments that are not too complicated (intermediate level) and that have an interesting pattern going on like cables, maybe some color work technique, etc...

Seaming is not my favorite part but sometimes seams are required and the less seams the better.As long as I the garment, I don't mind the seams!

CaroleC@4 wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 9:18 PM

I really like lacy garments, but I have to admit, I am a *huge* sucker for cables.  When I find a sweater that has lacy cables, I'm a goner.  If it's styled well and seamless, all the better.  

I do tend to knit accessories more than full sweaters and I'm usually knitting for others, but when it comes to knitting for myself, the above is what fits the bill.

Chelle3 wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 8:16 PM

I have a tendency to knit more for others than for myself, but just seeing a couple of patterns from this book have inspired me.  As a curvy girl I look for patterns that will flatter without adding bulk.  I think the classics in this book fit that bill. I look forward to owning it, already have it added to my wishlist, but isn't it always more fun if you win it!

katgat wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 7:29 PM

I'm knitting my second sweater right now and the first one that is top-down. So far I'm loving the top-down. Way better than sewing the sleeves on! I'll definitely be looking for more top-down patterns to do!

PrincessSuz wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 1:39 PM

I like to knit in the round, but I like cardigans best so I end up seaming a lot because I'm too chicken to steek. My favorite knitting is cowls. I love the look.

savannagal wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 11:37 AM

In general I like simple, classic designs that are not fussy.  I do also like a nice thick cable pullover or fair aisle pullover though.  I guess it just depends on my mood and the time of year. I've done both seamed and seamless and have no preference for either. As long as the garment fits in the end, I don't care how it was knit. So far mine have been either too big or too small, no matter how many swatches I knit beforehand. I knit a full sleeve 4 times for one sweater and it still could be a little bigger. Still have a lot to learn.

filledeterre wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 9:00 AM

What I really want in a sweater is something I will wear often.  If I'm going to invest that much of myself in creating it, I want it to be used.  I like things that are beautiful, but not so "nice" that I would feel overdressed wearing it to do the grocery shopping.  Other than that, I always like to try out something new.  If I like the look of the finished product, I won't shy away from complicated lace, cables, or colorwork or lots of seaming.  Even the tedious elements of producing clothing have their purpose and can be meditative.

kgregis wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 8:49 AM

Right now I'm into the retro 50s look, so this book is really appealing. Pattern-wise, I look for something well written with clear pictures of the sweater and any special details or tricky spots.

LindaK@13 wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 8:06 AM

I love lace and or texture patterns. Plus size is always nice.

BellaT wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 7:43 AM

I like patterns with some lace or cable elements because making such a large project as a sweater tends to get very boring if mostly done in stockinette. Minimal seaming also gives you the satisfaction that after all your hard work knitting the sweater you don't have to block and seam all the pieces.

From Bella T.

bigbrown wrote
on Jun 17, 2014 12:26 AM

Well constructed garments are what I look for.  Can be simple or complex, but nothing complicated for its own sake.  

BabsHerr2 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 10:59 PM

The juxtaposition of textures and angles (see the Benton Cardigan) are what I look for.  They add visual interest to something that might otherwise be plain.

on Jun 16, 2014 8:08 PM

When I select a sweater pattern I look for interesting features and stitches too. Both so that the final garment looks good on me and so that I am not doing hours of stockinette stitch. For example my figure works well if I emphasize the bust and minimize the hips. I am looking forward to trying the Benton Cardigan, since it fits this interest factor.

The next challenge is to select the right color to fit into my wardrobe and also compliment my coloring. It is a challenge because the wonderful range of colors to choose from.

rnref wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 7:59 PM

For any knit, I hope and pray for simple, correct, readable instructions. Depending on the style, drape, color, design, either seams or seamless is OK. I do like bright, festive colors and innovative colorwork. I do like to dye my handspun in brilliant colors. I like to add decorative stitches such as cables, bobbles, yarn overs to my projects. I'm currently knitting a scarf using a lace design seen on knitdaily. It was versatile enough that I was able to adapt it to my current scarf project. I haven't tried topical embroidery in a long time, but new pictures I've seen recently have me wanting to add a bit of embroidery to new projects. I made a lovely Mobius out of handspun/hand dyed many years ago. It still is one of the prettier items I've made. If selected as winner of this contest, I know I will enjoy working with the yarn. I'm very tactile and will enjoy making the pullover. Twould be a jumper if I still lived in New Zealand. Jackie

knitting RN wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 7:54 PM

I love to knit for style, fit, and fun.  I like seamed garments better because I can usually achieve a better fit. I love lace, color, and pattern;  the above patterns are exactly what I have been searching for!  I would be the happiest knitter winning this beautiful sweater kit.

catherific wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 5:53 PM

I like stitch patterns that are delicate and pretty, but also somewhat challenging.  Cable and lace combinations are a good example of this.  I also like breaks from the parts that require closer attention and breaks from the parts that can get rather monotonous.  If the front of a sweater is beautifully patterned, I like to see coordinating panels on the back and sleeves, too.  I find  this visually attractive and also find that it keeps the whole project fun and interesting.

on Jun 16, 2014 3:20 PM

I love a challenge and look for schematics. When knitting lace with only written directions, I always chart the pattern and often catch mistakes or typos.

MaryG@87 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 3:14 PM

I really like knitting sweaters top down.  I like to try the sweaters on as I go.  I'll split the front and back stitches onto two long cables with inter changable needles on the ends to make it easier to try on.  Then I can adjust the fit as I need, adding short rows as needed.  I also knit the sleeves two at a time (like socks two at a time) so that they are the same length and the same decreases and best yet, done at the same time.

ChristenR@2 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 3:05 PM

I look for interesting details, and something new to learn. When a pattern has schematics with measurements, I'm *thrilled.*

on Jun 16, 2014 2:36 PM

I love to learn new patterns and techniques. I don't mind seaming, so I am open there and I love lacework. Not into intarsia or colorwork, so much, though. I haven't figured that one out yet! Love the color of the yarn in the giveaway and the pattern!!!

on Jun 16, 2014 1:30 PM

I look for something that I haven't done before to keep it interesting.  But not too intricate, because I only find the time to knit when I watch TV in the evenings.  Too much charting, and I have to rip it out a lot.  Also, I find it hard to find garment patterns to fit my larger bust size and not have it look too large everywhere else, or too short in the front :(.  And I hate seaming!  I have several projects in the seaming basket.

on Jun 16, 2014 1:07 PM

Usually, I prefer a pattern that is easy enough to knit while I'm watching television or at knit night, but still has a few interesting details.  I can do cables or colorwork fairly easily, but for some reason, lace charts take a lot of extra concentration.  Also, I prefer minimal seaming.  Of course, if there is a particularly stunning pattern that is a little more complicated, I might just try it anyway.

on Jun 16, 2014 1:06 PM

Usually, I prefer a pattern that is easy enough to knit while I'm watching television or at knit night, but still has a few interesting details.  I can do cables or colorwork fairly easily, but for some reason, lace charts take a lot of extra concentration.  Also, I prefer minimal seaming.  Of course, if there is a particularly stunning pattern that is a little more complicated, I might just try it anyway.

ddipsy wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:45 PM

I like to be somewhat challenged when knitting a sweaater.  A hum-drum knit, purl, maybe a cable or two just doesn't do it for me.  I like dropped & add-to stitches, yarn overs, and above all else; TEXTURE whether it be a sweater for one or all seasons.  When making a sweater gift, in a single color, both texture and lace work are at the top of my list.  I then too like to knit a multi colored scarf to go with the sweater (as an added touch.)  I decided I'd like to try out knitting wired bead broaches this year.  These too could be added to a singular colored sweater.  I'm getting into multi color knitting.  I have a Fair Isle book; but, I have to work on this when I'm relaxed and ready to concentrate.  I often get so busy knitting for everyone else that nothing is done for myself. [sigh[

nitathed wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:43 PM

Knitting is more fun than seaming so I prefer a pattern on circular needles - bottom up or top down.  I've adapted many patterns to circulars and most of them have worked.

I often knit in meetings or programs so parts of a garment need to be 'mindless' in order to work away while concentrating on something else - and, knitting makes that possible as stitching helps my focus.  I tackle the intricate details when I can give knitting full attention.

Projects with minimal construction are great for others to visualize the eventual result - and be inspired. Seeing a sweater nearing completion is  much better  than a single sleeve! I teach a knitting class & am always thrilled to give a little demo and recruit a new knitter.

Susan Barton wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:43 PM

I really like knitting where a few simple stitches can make a big statement.  A fine cable has such a delicate look to me.   I'm somewhat proficient, but lace is still beyond me.  I like to knit in the evenings when my husband and I are watching TV, so that is probably why complicated patterns are wasted for me.  I am fine sewing up the pieces to make the sweater I have longed to wear, but not having to sew it up seems a real treat!

KarenC@36 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:40 PM

I like to look for patterns that challenge me and help me grow as a knitter. I learned to knit only a few years ago, so am always looking for projects that will enable me to learn something new, whether it's a new pattern stitch, a new cast-on, or a whole new technique. The Nevelson Lace Pullover sweater looks like a great opportunity to learn some new tricks!

lorriedavis wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:38 PM

My first question when looking at a pattern is, "will I wear it?". I have oodles of patterns that I have collected and some finished objects where I was wowed by a technique or gorgeous photos, but they really don't fit into my wardrobe. But I also don't want to spend precious time and yarn stash for an item that I could easily pick up at the store for a lot less time and $!

Top-down and seamless is a huge bonus!

pboy wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:33 PM

I prefer no-seaming sweaters when possible. Different patterns can be used but not too much in order to keep a classic look so the sweater can be worn many years. One color project with a mix of lace and other stich patterns for a classic sweater. Multiple colors (3-4) for intarsia or fair isle knitting for a sporty sweater. Pattern should fit right, not too tight, not too loose.

pboy wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:27 PM

I like project that will have no-seaming if possible and that would look classical so they can be worn many years, which incorporate different stich patterns being lace or cable, but not too much.

A sweater pattern not too loose, not too tight and usually using one color, unless it is an intarsia knitting, which is more sporty.

RTSAK wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:26 PM

I've only knit one sweater so far.  Well, the pieces for one sweater.  I have to seam it, and so it sits, forlorn and unfinished.  My husband would really like me to finish it!  (Yes, it's for him!)  So, I think I'd like to look for no-seaming patterns for my next sweater attempt.  His sweater is cabled though, and I really like the look of cables.

Kangakiwi wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:23 PM

I like to knit lace since I discovered it about a year ago. I also prefer to avoid seaming wheee possible. Lots of lovely patterns in that book!

pboy wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:19 PM

I prefer no-seaming sweaters when possible. Different patterns can be used but not too much in order to keep a classic look so the sweater can be worn multiple years.

on Jun 16, 2014 11:32 AM

I usually prefer to have one project with complicated lace or cables, and one I can knit by feel.  I knit at a telephone job, so these keep me from going crazy whether work is busy or slow.  I like to think I'm pro-seaming, but things I need to sew tend to sit on my table for months, so apparently I should pick things that are knit in one piece!

Bbdocbyrd wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 11:28 AM

I am tall so I need a pattern that is easy to add length.  I look for comfort and for sweaters that are not too trendy but classic and comfy.

on Jun 16, 2014 11:13 AM

I like Classic fitted lines in a garment, lace is always beautiful and an intersting technique that I am not gifted enough to figure out.  Good color sense as well.  From the pictures, I think you have hit the nail on the head with your beautiful collection.  

OrchidFire81 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 11:11 AM

When I'm picking a sweater to knit, I look for several things.  One, I look for something that is interesting and attractive, but with a lot of classic elements to it; nothing too trendy.  Handknits last a long time, and I don't want to knit something that will go out of style in 2 years.  I like patterns that I can easily wear with either jeans or a nice skirt depending on the situation.  I like fun design elements like lace, cables, or colorwork that make the sweater interesting to knit; miles of pure garter or stockinette gets a bit boring after a while.  I also like patterns that I can modify here and there to get a flattering fit.  I'm a short, busty gal with a shorter torso than most, pretty much the opposite of the tall, willowy fashion model.  While I know that whatever I make will likely always look better on her (that's why she's modeling it, not me), it's still nice when it also can look good on me too.

slt1955 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 10:43 AM

I enjoy the journey of knitting an item just as much as the finished product.  I don't enjoy seaming so I usually pick a top down pattern.

Lacework makes any piece more feminine.  I enjoy when I am successful at doing lacework and don't have to rip it out.  

I have always enjoyed the feel and colors of Lorna's Laces yarn.  It's one of my favorite yarns.  My knitting group went to the Rhinebeck Yarn Festival and few years back and I told all of them to be on the lookout for Lorna's Laces for me.  They found it and it's one of my favorites to this day.  

SallyB@29 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 10:41 AM

I try to find something that can keep my interest for the whole sweater, but still be something that doesn't require constant attention.  I love cables and lace and love the patterns shown, especially the Benton Cardigan.

KateS@55 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 10:23 AM

I look for patterns that are clean but have a detail that make them unique and interesting to the eye.  Also I look for things that will flatter my shape or whoever is the lucky recipient of the project.

CathyB@14 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 9:54 AM

A pattern must convince me it will flatter my shape before I will make the investment of time and money. Early in my knitting years, I would fall victim to cool styles and plunge into the project but most of them just sit in my closet. I am much more critical now of what I commit my time to. Thank you for the opportunity.

a.hart05 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 9:25 AM

I look for a pattern that's overall simple and clean, but has interesting details, like lace work or cables.  I've knitted a few lace patterns and fallen in love.  It amazes me every time that some simple increases and decreases can create something so beautiful and visually interesting.

I'm in the process of finishing my first garment with seaming, and I'm not a fan.  I felt like I was almost finished after knitting all the pieces, but now it feels like I have a mountain of work left to join and seam every piece.

The patterns in Amy's new book look beautiful and just my style.  Overall simple and clean, but with beautiful, eye-catching details.

arachnejenn wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 9:22 AM

I dislike sewing so I tend to lean toward seamless patterns. There are very few patterns I won't knit, though. I'm not a big fan of acres of stockinette or garter, yet I've made a pure stockinette triangle shawl for my mother and a sweater all in garter for myself, and at my size, that's acres of garter. 8-)

Krum wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 9:01 AM

Since I'm pretty new to knitting, I love the simple classic sweaters. But I also love the lace look additions to patterns that keep it challenging.  All the sweaters above are georgeous and would love to tackle any one of them :D

on Jun 16, 2014 9:00 AM

When I pick a knitting project, I pick either an old favorite - I can knit the same socks over and over with different color variations, or I pick a project where I can learn something new.  I love color work, but now it is time to move forward with my lessons.  I am actually a weaver that loves to knit also.  In my weaving I'm exploring texture and would like to do the same with my knitting.  I have not knitted lace before and would love to try that next.  I like the feeling of accomplishment when getting it right and am not afraid to rip it out and try again to be sure it is right.  What I look for in a pattern is clear instructions.  I am self taught and rely on the book to tell me what to do next.

lisalou1012 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 8:42 AM

The beauty of lace, it is intriguing.

lisalou1012 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 8:40 AM

Lace detail that shows the hard work and pride you have in making and then wearing your garmet.

twray wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 8:38 AM

I am relatively new to knitting and a little hesitant when choosing yarns. I am currently working on items for my next grandchild due soon.  Afterwards I plan to do my first scarf.  I love patterns that are texturally interesting like cables and lace. I have been using these elements in cardigans. i have tried top down ragland sleeves but am really wanting to try the contiguous method.  Thank you for this consideration and opportunity to work with quality products.

JanetM@12 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 8:37 AM

I look first for the details that set a pattern apart from the ordinary.  Many times a pattern made in separate pieces tend to give a better fit.  Wearability is a key factor when choosing which pattern to invest my time and energy.

CherylA@3 wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 7:16 AM

I am a very tactile knitter, I enjoy the feel of the yarn along with a pattern that challenges my known knitting techniques..  Since I have been knitting for years I just love the process.  I enjoy both challenging and simple projects. I love working the new architectural designs like the Benton cardigan. I love this pattern, it will be a favorite because it offers my desire to learn and create a garment that allows for perfect individual techniques to favor my hour glass petite body. I also a sew and enjoy a more tailored fit. I have recently knitted some  lace patterns but have limited my choices to socks.  This would be a good persuader to knit an entire lace sweater combining both the wonderful feel of the yarn, and completing lace sweater.

Bonnielart wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 6:31 AM

I like to see a pattern that has variety and not just in sizes.  The pattern that has versions for short or long sleeves and short or longer length, or with different styles of collars.  I will tackle more difficult stitches in a smaller garment, like a cowl or hat, but in a sweater, I like the stitches to be not overly complicated.

Artwebworks wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:23 AM

I look for great style elements with interesting detail. I always find a way to make each garment sans seams.

Scomet wrote
on Jun 16, 2014 12:07 AM

Being a larger busty gal, I look to see if the garment will be kind to those with curves. This usually means a somewhat-fitted silhouette with worsted weight or smaller yarn.

EllenG@5 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 11:37 PM

The number one thing I look for in a garment is whether it has seams. I'm a seamless kind of gal.

becutler wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 10:57 PM

I like patterns that will look good on my short, chubby body.  Don't mind seaming, and like some extra detail like lace to add a little something to the garment.

DeborahJoyce wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 10:40 PM

I always love the top-down raglan style. It's very flattering and you can check the fit so easily. I'm also a fan of lace or cable detail. Then I want to wear the garment all the time because it's so interesting.

caitlinanear wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 10:15 PM

I love the color and the fit of the pullover! I like interesting details and hate seams - I'm no good at seaming! :)

talldancer wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 9:19 PM

I look for something I would wear and most important with a large size range. I am 6 feet tall and have A 54" chest so some things just don't work. I am not a confident enough knitter yet to make too many adjustments

The patterns in this particular book  (New American Knits) are very appealing and there are at least three that I would love to make. Even if the patterns are not big enough for me I would love to make them for my daughter.

chalimar16 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 8:47 PM

There are so many beautiful sweater patterns out there, it's hard to choose my next project.  I start by looking at my wardrobe - what am I missing?  What colors?  What are my intentions for this garment, and what will I wear it with?  That definitely helps me narrow it down.  Colorwork is probably my favorite thing.  I made the cover sweater from Vintage Modern Knits, and adore it.  I'm not a huge fan of sewing, so the seamless aspect was a huge plus.  I've made a couple cable sweaters and two lace ones, and next on my needles will be the Isis Wrap to go over my summery dresses.  

on Jun 15, 2014 8:39 PM

I like to see both written and charted design instructions because once I've got the pattern started from the written description a chart makes it easy to carry on. Something else that I look for is a new stitch pattern or neckline variation so I feel like I'm always trying something new. These patterns are beautiful and I already see that I will have to add this collection to my "to-do" list.

heather01851 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 8:31 PM

Seams or seamless, doesn't really make or break it, but I prefer to do a raglan seamlessly. I look for nice finishing details-- neckline, and especially button bands.

foxtrotter wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 8:16 PM

When I look for a garment pattern, I check out whether it's seamless but it isn't a requirement. Color work always catches my eye, especially Houndstooth or similar traditional methods to add that extra pizazz to the garment. A line diagram is a must for me, so I can add stitches here and there where I need them. Patterns that offer variations such as different sleeve treatments or necklines are nice, too. Lorna's Laces is one of my favorite yarns and tops in the washable category.

JerseyJane wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:49 PM

Would love to make the Wyeth Shrug. Now, what color......!

wittrj wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:44 PM

I'm such a new knitter that I don't have any tips that other people don't already know.  Couldn't resist entering anyway, though, because the Nevelson Lace is so cool, and it would look great on me!  (Tanner Cowl is amazing also...).  In a sweater pattern, I would be looking for ample shoulder width and either snug hips or the ability to restrict the ease there.  Thanks to all the other tipsters!  I appreciate the info that experienced knitters are so willing to pass along.

on Jun 15, 2014 7:25 PM

Openwork patterns look dressy and are fast to knit. With knit clothes it's not easy to find items to make, especially sweaters, that don't look casual. I prefer to knit in the round whenever possible.

lynchski wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:21 PM

I prefer no seams.  I also love the top down approach that lets me try on (and adjust if necessary) as I work.I also love lacy features in the items  I make.

LL Howard wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:16 PM

When looking at patterns for a new garment, I look to see how the shoulders fit, and how it drapes from there. Being a seamstress, too, I decide whether the fit will work for me (I'm under 5')and I have to refigure some patterns so I wear them, not the reverse!  For comfort, I like raglan sleeves. But, in the long run, I pick my pattern and spend an hour or three, looking at yarn, and if the yarn-gods are good that day, I find everything I need for the project. I pick up my selections, and run for my chair, and start knitting. I also like cables and colorwork. And, usually try to work in some details to make my project my own. So, with a cup of coffee on my table, and a deep sigh of success, I start on whatever my new project is, and start.



bennettamc wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 6:29 PM

I love lacy patterns and I don't mind seaming at all. I do enjoy  simple color work.

hanco wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 6:20 PM

I like minimal seaming and love lace.  I enjoy color in a garment, but not too many.


SusanL wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 5:47 PM

I enjoy a challenge and I enjoy a garment that will look good with whatever color I choose. I enjoy a garment that keeps my attention and also gives me time to relax. I usually lengthen the arms on sweaters because I prefer a longer arm.  I like to knit a garment that will cause someone to say, "Where can I get that?" or a fellow knitter to want to try the pattern for themselves. When I knit a gift garment, I want the receiver to have a piece of art that they can enjoy wearing. Seaming or not seaming, not any issue for me.

JulianneL wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 5:30 PM

I don't mind seaming but the one thing I really like in a pattern is options to make the finished project your own -- whether that be shortening or lengthening the length of the top or different sleeves lengths.  I also like patterns with photos and patterns that show and tell how long the top should be when a specific section is finished.  That way, you have an idea how the top will fit.

kimmer1 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 5:22 PM

I look for classic shapes with interesting details. This book is going on my must buy list. I have a rule that I have to love at least 3 or more patterns in the book before I will purchase it. This book wins on all counts. The cover sweater is just my style, a bit retro modern but also classic at the same time. Love the lace like detail in the body and the plain sleeves set it off just right.

jcberg wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 5:15 PM

I love the colors of Lorna Lace!

When I look for patterns, I try to find minimal seaming, but I want some texture or unusual feature that catches the discerning fellow knitter's eye.

Lush color paired with interesting techniques make knitting fun for me!

Trish@63 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 5:14 PM

I like colours and stranded colour work, but I do love the Benton Cardigan here. I prefer seamed garments and actually like sewing things together!

Trish@63 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 5:12 PM

I love bright colours and stranded colour work. I am always in favour of seams because I think they give the garment stability. And I actually enjoy finishing a garment. ie sewing the seams etc. Thanks for asking.

Caseyb wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 4:28 PM

I like to knit top-down so that I can try it on as I go. I usually like a little bit of lace to break up a simple pattern, but I also have plans to tackle a fair isle yoke sweater with lots of colors someday soon...

norajm5 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 4:18 PM

I like a well written pattern. I prefer top down construction with minimal seaming. I like to learn new things.

Tharps wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 4:05 PM

I look for a minimum of seaming in a pattern and prefer a 3/4 length sleeve on a sweater.  Love the tanner cowl- stunning and can see it complementing a variety of ensembles.

NattyNana wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 3:55 PM

I like a challenge. I like some interesting details. They can be lace, cables or the structure of the sweater itself. I am drawn to patterns that will expose me to something new.

4mym wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 3:45 PM

Currently I've been "craving" lace or braided patterns and knitting on cable needles to minimize seams on the torso part. Besides a diagram, a sketch of the pattern also helps. My preference is an overall tailored look. The given preview images of Amy's new book have caught my attention.

tawney wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 3:17 PM

I like diagrams and schematics as well as the written word. I also like a glossary of abbreviations.  As for garments, it's a little hard to say - it's the overall look and is it age/size appropriate to me, within my skill set (or not far beyond).  I love a relaxed fit that moves, I like interesting detailing - not fussy, more like graphic texture. I have not tried colorwork although it can be stunning.   I don't mind seaming.

soozieq wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:58 PM

What an opportunity and I love the Lorna Laces colors.

DedaP wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:51 PM

I like my patterns to be rated for difficulty. I want to know beforehand what I'm getting into. Will it be a learning experience or busy work? Will I really need to pay attention or can I multitask?

deidrarezz wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:48 PM

Until recently, I only knitted blankets and scarves. Being new to sweater knitting, I look for a pattern with clear and simple instructions.

deidrarezz wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:48 PM

Until recently, I only knitted blankets and scarves. Being new to sweater knitting, I look for a pattern with clear and simple instructions.

KarinM@2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:39 PM

I prefer to seam my knitted garments. Mostly, it just gives more shape to the garment, particularly when knitting with fingering or Sports wool.  These are my preferences, which I sometimes leave behind when going, e.g.for a Bohus pullover.

MeredithC wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:35 PM

I look for patterns with interesting construction and unusual details that will flatter my short, somewhat curvy shape. I have long admired Amy Christoffers' work.

Mary KayC@2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:01 PM

I love lace and minimal seaming.  And I LOVE the cover sweater -- both pattern and color (and I love Lorna's Lace).  Thank you for the chance to win this.

TobieL wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 1:09 PM

I look for interesting construction-something a little different in shape or texture--making it worthwhile knitting.  I am fairly short so I also look for sweaters I think would look good on me--nothing too bulky or fussy but classy!

nancyi2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 1:06 PM

The most important aspects of a garment pattern for me are well drawn schematics and lots of photos.


  Schematics should include measurements of each piece as well as the finished garment.

   Photos should be of the finished garment both on and off a person.   I prefer not too "modelly" poses.  Experience has taught me that the models are often posed to hide the design flaws such as sleeves that are obviously too long or short, Ill-fitting shoulders or overly deep necklines.  

There should also be close-ups of design features and seamed areas.  

  A real plus is links to videos or tutorials that show techniques.

on Jun 15, 2014 12:37 PM

I'm always looking for new ways to add different textures and openwork patterns to add interest to my knitting.

tiggerhils wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:25 PM

Being a knitter and knotter I like the combination of both techniques, each bring their own beauty to a garment.  Seaming does not worry me although knitting in the round can speed up the completion of a project. Being  tactile I love to feel and smell yarn before I purchase as this often gives the vision of a complete project and seeing yarn displayed in rainbow arrays helps me decide on the colorways possible.

on Jun 15, 2014 12:24 PM

I would like to see patterns that include a seamless/mostly seamless version also. I know how to do seamless set in sleeves, but don't know whether my method would be the best for a given pattern. Since I can't sew seams (hands not steady enough), there are sweaters that I'd love to knit but can't

on Jun 15, 2014 12:21 PM

What I'd really love is patterns, when at all possible, that have the standard directions AND a seamless/mostly seamless version. whether that's top down or bottom up. That way folks who don't mind seams are happy, and those of us, like me, who can't stand to do seams are also happy. I know how to do seamless set in sleeves, but the method I know may not be the best for a particular sweater, so I don't even try.

Quickie49 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:19 PM

tried to add a comment so many times, I forgot what I wanted to say... age it's a wonderful thing. anyways, love that cover sweater and the green one also. So if I win, we all know what I'll be doing out in backyard this summer :-)

SusanE@43 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:07 PM

I first look for a pattern that is well-written. You should be able to visualize knitting the item as you read the pattern. Schematics, diagrams, and charts for any patterns are a requirement along with explanations for all abbreviations.

Seaming vs no-seaming is a personal choice. Some garment design elements require seaming. Other patterns can be converted to knitting in the round and picking up stitches. A well written pattern should give you enough information so you can convert the pattern from one method to another.

Personally, I look for patterns with a classic, timeless look. Given the amount of time I put into knitting something, I want to be able to wear it 10 years from now and not have it look dated.

on Jun 15, 2014 11:53 AM

I love trying all sorts of techniques especially something I haven't tried before.

SusanS@25 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 11:51 AM

I love well-thought-out patterns with a feature that I would not find in a ready-made garment.  I also appreciate when the yarn used is readily available, or with an alternative to the yarn used.  Charts are good too.

vlp5493 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 11:41 AM

What I Look for in a pattern is if the stitches were easy and the typr of yarn that works the best with it. I crochet by nature and my mother tries to teach me to knit way back when but failed miseraably. I have now tried to start again on my own and would like to make something for my kids that have meaning

Chilly Doc wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 11:16 AM

I love knitting in the round, but find that seams add to the stability of the garment and, now, I have taken the tact that the seaming and finishing are the most fun and exciting part of the project! Without it, one never has anything finished.

I love cables, lace knitting and color work; please spare me a sweater knit in plain, old, boring stockinette stitch. I might as well be crocheting:(

Not only do I like shaping in any sweater, I prefer the shaping that is more like darts: happening at approximately 1/3 and 1/3 across the garment and not just at the edge. This gives the sweater better stability and drape.

Please, please, please pick me! (Not that I don't have enough yarn but the Lorna's Laces yarn is GORGEOUS!)

Dodi143 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 11:14 AM

I have only knit baby sweaters so far and I'm not much of a lace knitter as I prefer texture stitches. But these sweaters look intriguing!

orlobo2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 11:13 AM

I am a newbie to constructed clothing...I am screwing up my courage to knit something that fits, so I read all I can about how to do it. No preference on anything for that reason, but I love the practical aspect of these patterns, not to mention their beauty.

on Jun 15, 2014 11:02 AM

I like knitting sweaters in the round from the top down because I can try them on as I go to ensure that my gauge is correct and that I am knitting the right size for me.  I do love colorwork detail and lace details and am beginning to venture forth into those areas.  I love patterns with depth and texture to them, provided by the stitch pattern or colors and types of yarn.

Janet Nelson

on Jun 15, 2014 10:53 AM

I've always wanted to try a sweater. I haven't broken down and knitted one yet but I love the look of these sweaters. The yarn is beautiful.

Wild Sal wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 10:44 AM

Love the patterns in this book. I'm not that experienced but always willing to try new gorgeous yarns!

djbseb wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 10:12 AM

I look for patterns that have a unique design element. It doesn't matter if the pattern is seamed or not. I am a plus sized woman, so I like patterns that accent my curves, not just straight lines that make me look like a "refrigerator box". I like patterns that suggest ease.

on Jun 15, 2014 10:08 AM

I have been knitting for many years, and am always looking for new techniques and stitch patterns. I just finished a top that used short rows to make a curved edge at the bottom, and a top that used a sampling of lacy patterns. I prefer to knit seamless sweaters, and I also like multi-colored patterns where I might be able to use up leftover yarn. I used to be into cables, but right now I am into knitting lacy tops. The Nevelson Lace Pullover looks like it would be interesting to knit, as well as some others in the book. Thank You.

Miriamp7 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 10:01 AM

I don't like to knit rows and rows of stocking stitch or garter stitch (boring), but I also don't want to have to keep referring to my pattern before every row. So I look for some kind of lace or texture pattern that is not too complicated and fairly easy to memorize. I make a lot of socks and I like to make shrugs or boleros as they seem to suit me.

SarahV wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 9:59 AM

I like patterns with a variety of techniques or changes.  Working lace is like reading a mystery novel - there is magic when I finish each pattern set and see what I have.  Doing color work is its own kind of excitement, from untangling my yarn bobbins to looking at emerging patterns in the work.  And it there are cables, I like many and different ones, although I limit cable work to small projects because the complex ones take too much yarn!  I don't like seams and will spend way too much time turning a seamed pattern into one that can be worked in the round.  I Iove charted patterns.  And I love Lorna's Laces yarns, so I want to win this!  Thank you.

TamiC@2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 9:43 AM

I love patterns that provide an opportunity to use traditional techniques in new ways such as detailed cables in a fitted cardigan or twisted stitches in a top down shawl.  Love charts and patterns that have helpful notes  eg.- "you know you are doing this correctly if you always have 3 plain knit stitches at the middle marker".

on Jun 15, 2014 9:38 AM

I like patterns that I can use for more than a specific "purpose" or outfit.  A cardi that looks dressy over an office look or casual over jeans is a good example.  I also like seams to help with holding the shape of the garment.  Nobody looks good in a droopy sweater, and seams help prevent that...especially in larger sizes or heavy yarns.

I especially look for patterns that don't take the "easy way out"...phrases like "as for left front reversing all shaping" or "knit as for back to..." are dead give-aways that I need to carefully study before casting on to ensure the look will be symmetrical and will indeed go together without fudging to get a good seam.  That's one of my favorite things about the IW family of publications...the pattern is written out instead of leaving it to my imagination!!

hensaregreat wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 9:16 AM

When looking for patterns I like to have  a graph, it is easier to visualize any alterations I need to make.

I find that seaming gives a more stable garment, but for casual wear as in a t-shirt style I don't mind circular knitting.

I enjoy colour combinations and patterning. I also like to do my 'own thing'.

Thank you for a great resource.

CassandraW@2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 9:14 AM

I like unique construction elements - something different instead of the usual bottom up - definitely prefer seamless and I love cables and/or interesting stitch or lace pattern - combining elements to enhance the look of the finished sweater and to increase its wearability is also important - thanks for the chance to win - all of the sweaters in this book look great and I would love to knit any of them.

on Jun 15, 2014 9:08 AM

I look for patterns I can use my handspun yarn on.  I have made a lot of socks, gloves, scarves, and shawls.  I would like patterns for more sweater like garments.  Patterns that could use more than one weight of yarn would be super nice too.  I don't mind seams but less is better.  Try on as you go patterns would be a plus also. I like the patterns in this book they look interesting to make  and very wearable.

cgeyarn wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 9:07 AM

I am drawn to comfy, practical, cardigan sweaters that just keep getting better the more you wear them.  I do appreciate when the pattern includes design elements such as textured stitches, cables,or lace sections so that the finished project has my "hand-knitted" uniqueness throughout.  I prefer a seamless construction method.  Hope to be brave enough to steek a sweater some day!!!!

margiartgirl wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 9:05 AM

I first look for patterns that will be flattering on my frame. Then I look at difficulty level. I love intricate patterns but they need to be written well.

3dzupko wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 8:52 AM

I choose patterns that will look good on me.  Seaming, non-seaming doesn't matter.  As long as the pattern is straight-forward.  

KarenC@46 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 8:45 AM

I love to knit, I choose patterns that are practical, I love a challenge but prefer to knit things I know I will complete.  Love color work and stitches that create patterns. I love to learn new techniques.

cmilway wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 8:28 AM

Right now lace knitting is what I'm working on so I really like garments with a bit of lace interest.

srehling wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:53 AM

I look for well delineated instructions that are separated into sections and NO SEWING!

MargoL wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:44 AM

I look for patterns that would look good not just on a tall flat-chested model, but someone who is short and has curves, or can be adjusted for someone shorter without harming the overall look of the pattern.  Some of the more interesting patterns I make and give to people because I want to try the technique but they don't fit me properly.  I don't like cowls because they make me look stubby and bulky, and I prefer sweaters that close in the front so I don't have to fuss with them if it is cool or windy (or often both), so of the sample photos, my favourite is the green one.

elong2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:34 AM

Easily read instructions, timeless design, clean lines

Kathy Carman wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:28 AM

I love seamless knits, especially in wonderful patterning! Something to keep the mind engaged while working, something with a bit of challenge. Just now I am working on a beautiful scarf for a friend in a DK weight wool/alpaca blend in linen stitch...she is going to love it!

MarjorieK wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:27 AM

I look for fit and pattern interest. Not necessarily complicated, but different than I can buy in a store. I prefer not to seam, but I will if the pattern is calling my name!

GwynA wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:17 AM

When I look at patterns, I look for the "click", the something that speaks to me about that pattern, that says THIS one is going to be worth the work of making it, whether it's a lovely intarsia, a cable pattern that is just hard enough to challenge without making you lose your mind, a lace that sets off the entire piece,  and finally, I look for wearability. There's no point in devoting all your time to something that you never get to wear! The cover sweater looks as if it hits all the right notes.

suzy choate wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 7:04 AM

I enjoy knitting lace and love the end results.  Knitting in the round is the only way to go.  It is not only easier but looks so much nicer.  I also love that it makes things less bulky.  

on Jun 15, 2014 6:53 AM

Patterns that have an interesting twist on the tried and true interest me. New techniques whether in the round or seamed, raglan or set in sleeves, fitted or loose construction, complicated or simple stitches are always fun to learn. I love the process of knitting and then at the end I have a beautiful product.

SandiM@2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 6:06 AM

I like lace shawls and sweaters with as few seams as possible. However I'm always 'game" for trying some new technique to add my knitting arsenal like grafting.Love toddler clothing, too!

Sandi Mc, Cleveland OH.

Juliest wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 3:33 AM

I like lace, not really into colorwork, minimal seaming preferred.  Light wt yarn, as I live in a warm climate

Julie in San Diego

Juliest wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 3:24 AM

I like lace and as few seams as possible.

NathanneV wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 3:08 AM

I enjoy colorwork, especially stranded and intarsia.  I appreciate good charts, and user friendly instructions with directions spelled out in detail.  

AlexandraB@5 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 3:05 AM

I prefer to knit in the round and/or pick up stitches along the edges to knit, rather than have lots of pieces to sew together later. Although I often find them beautiful, I avoid complicated color patterns due to my lack of experience and also to the fact that I often knit while commuting by train and don't want to have to carry multiple balls of wool with me.

susanb1219 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 2:09 AM

In knitted garment patterns I look for minimal seaming, interesting patterns, but not too complicated.  And something on-trend!!!  Very important!

Ruthe2 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 1:46 AM

I like to work in the round and will try to adapt seamed patterns  so I can knit in the round.   Works sometimes...sometimes not, but that is why you "tink" sometimes.  I also like colorwork, especially on can be mindless when at our rather noisy Friday afternoon knitting group.  akstrings2

amora76 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 1:44 AM

What do I look for in a garment? Details! There has to be something that will make it stand out - without being overbearing. The lace of the Nevelson or cables on the Benton and Hopper cardigans are perfect examples. As far as construction goes, I don't LIKE seaming, but I also don't like knitting with a whole sweater in my lap so I will live with seams!

Trish@4 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 1:00 AM

I like the polished and refined patterns with small details that make them stand out as hand crafted.  My favorite is the gray cardigan with  the lace feather on one shoulder. It looks like a sweater I could wear every day. I don't mind seams.

DorceC wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:25 AM

I love sweaters, all kinds.  Lace just makes it better. This pattern would make a great over a thermal sweater for winter. For me if I love the pattern I'll seam, though I really love the knit all in one piece.  If I change the pâttern so it's that it's made in one piece.

helquiss11 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:25 AM

I look for minimal seaming required and patterns that are written, or can be adapted (via steeking, for example), for knitting in the round.  I also enjoy simple hems, collars and cuffs.

Satori wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:25 AM

I look for a sweater that has a classic style with a looser fit. I think seaming provides a better fit, but I've not yet tried a top down pattern.

DeniseS@55 wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:24 AM

I enjoy knits with interesting patternwork and particularly love lace.  I've had great success without

using life lines but I do separate pattern repeats with needle rings when knitting a large piece

like sweaters and shawls.  It's funny, I always approach seaming with some dread but once I settle

down with my knit pieces in a quiet no distraction setting the seaming gets done rather quickly.

Blocking is a must!

22calibur wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:15 AM

I look for vertical design elements to draw the eye upward, lacey details are best kept to trims and sleeves. I like being able to work in the round up until shaping is needed for the front(s if working a cardigan style) I like minimal seaming because that is where I slow down and sometimes the project is left incomplete for months.

jancarall wrote
on Jun 15, 2014 12:03 AM

I am a simple knitter.  I like seamless garments.  When I choose a project, I look for the ease of learning the pattern repeat.  I knit on the go most of the time, so to follow a pattern with difficult design elements cannot be a pattern of choice for me.  Sometimes it seems as though a designer cannot think simply.  Simple thinking does not have to be boring, it only needs to be thought of on the terms of memorization.  

spazzy279 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:58 PM

I don't like seaming much but I find seamed items hold shape better than seamless. I do enjoy lace and cables, though I haven't done much colourwork yet (except in a pair of socks, but nothing larger).

These sweaters look lovely and I hope I win a kit!!  :)

lmccookie wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:54 PM

I dont really like seaming.  I usually try to figure out how to knit in one piece.  If  I cant totally do it in one piece I try to knit in such a way that I don' t have to sew too much.  One way to do that is to pick up the sleeves after seaming the shoulders and knit down

dayanak wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:45 PM

I am very pro-seaming as I find I like to adjust my knits like a seamstress would!  From Schenectady, New York (not sure what my account says).

ritchij wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:44 PM

I like modern takes on classic styles and, for the most part, an interesting pattern or texture to colourwork. This sweater fits both!

on Jun 14, 2014 11:41 PM

I haven't made many large items like sweaters yet. But this sweater is so pretty! I'm really looking for nice stitch patterns that aren't hard to keep track of where I am in the pattern and very little to no seaming!

on Jun 14, 2014 11:37 PM

I look for classic patterns, clear instructions, and I follow Amy Herzog's fit to flatter rules to try to find shapes and patterns that will work with my bottom-heavy figure.

hwest112 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:35 PM

I'm a fan of lace and of cables. I like seaming, I've never tried doing top down sweaters though I would like to try one day. I'm not a fan of color work, but doing lace is a joy.

Supermother wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:28 PM

I can't find the comment I thought I added. I like both kinds of construction, and cables, texture or lace, as I have not yet tried color work. I am a rather slow knitter and I would love to win this contest as the book and the yarn are so beautiful!

molaur wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:28 PM

I'm a relatively new (addicted) knitter but I love to try new stitches in my projects.  My  18 month old granddaughter has been my prime beneficiary (smaller means quicker fixes) but I feel I'm ready to tackle a sweater for myself.  My tip for mastering new lace or cable patterns is to make a head band from a portion of the pattern.

scolen wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:27 PM

I prefer to work in soft-textured yarns.  I prefer seamless patterns and enjoy knitting lace.  I'd rather work from text instructions rather than a chart.  

Cathy4G wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:26 PM

I prefer to work circularly for less seaming.  I love texture and fair isle type projects.  My favorite tip is to copy the pattern for my personal use and to keep the original clean,  Then I put it in a plastic sleeve and use sticky notes to keep track of the rows.  I also use the magnetic boards, but I usually have too many projects going to only use them.  The sticky notes work well under the plastic, right on the pattern.

Supermother wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:24 PM

The book has beautiful patterns! I can't decide between seamed or circular construction, as they both have their benefits. As I have not tried color work, I like patterns with texture and cables or lace. I would love to win this contest!

circetwo wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:22 PM

I love to knit lace, but every time I see that red cardigan I want it.  BAD.

linlal wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:11 PM

I like making things that offer a bit of a challenge whether that's a different stitch or colour combination. That keeps it interesting and helps me keep going.

I really don't like seams - like another commenter said, the two sides never seem to be mirror images of each other and it's 'work' to get them to line up properly. That cancels the relaxation I get through the creation process.

on Jun 14, 2014 11:05 PM

I love designs that have texture - cabling or lace - and are completely thought out.  A scarf or shawl with a border that slows into the stitch pattern, sweaters with shaping hidden in the cables, and stitch patterns that are echoed on a cuff and a neckline. Those patterns often work really well, too - it often means the designer has really taken the time to think about the garment.

Anitac315 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:02 PM

I don't usually enter these contests, but this sweater is so gorgeous I just had to.  I live in Houston, so I look for sweaters that are either lacy, lightweight, or otherwise good for a warm weather climate.  I don't really have any tips, but for me stitch markers are very helpful any time, and essential when working in the round.

KathyS@105 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:01 PM

I prefer top-down knitting with no seaming, although I am pretty good at seaming.  I am skilled at lace knitting and prefer that, although I want to improve my skill at color work.  I like to learn something new with each item that I knit.   I think that I will work on some color work in circular yokes in my next sweater.

jmossabq wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:59 PM

I like texture and pattern in the pieces I knit.

on Jun 14, 2014 10:52 PM

I love lace patterns and colorwork.  I also like patterns that are somewhat fitted (i.e. has waist shaping).

KristenK@6 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:52 PM

I like seamless and right now I'm really interested in cables.  :)

tinlynnie wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:50 PM

I look for something different than stockinette stitch - I love texture, lace and cables, the more technically difficult, the better - I've been knitting for 57 years and enjoy a challenge!  But it also has to be wearable in the real world, not full of big artsy fartsy add ons and doohickeys - it's why I take Interweave knits and not Vogue - their patterns are too over the top, where yours are lovely and giftable!

CassandraW@2 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:27 PM

I look for unique construction - something a little different from the norm - hopefully seamless and I love cables or an interesting stitch or lace pattern!

cjbratten wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:25 PM

I try to find a pattern with a stitch or technique I haven't done before so I can increase my skills library.  I also try to increase my chances of a successful project by really looking at what attracted me to it in the first place. Using the same yarn as the designer used greatly increases the probability that I will love the outcome, because sometimes it is really the color that I fell for and won't be disappointed if I stay with the designers least until I start to design myself. :-)

MarieD@7 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:21 PM

I look for an interesting twist, a new technique - something surprising that will hold my interest.

MernaS wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:11 PM

I always look for a sweater knit in the round - or one that can be adapted to that. I like the look of all stockinette but prefer knitting something with some texture to keep me interested.

BetteN wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:09 PM

I'd love this kit! I always look to see if I can knit a pattern from the top down. I don't need a pattern to be written in this way -- I just need it to be doable. I can reverse it myself. I find that for my short frame, this technique gives me complete confidence that the yoke will fit me exactly (putting the bust in the right place), that the sleeves will fit the arms eye, that the sleeve length will be perfect and that the garment will end at exactly the right place. For my money, knitting from the top down can't be beat!

suzanne8941 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:09 PM

Love top down knitting. Dread seaming  and try very hard to avoid it. Color work is fun, just finished my first intarsica project. Circular needles are my fav, presently doing a lace project that requires all concentration, it will be worth it in the end. Best tip, get a slick pair of circulars that are straight at the joining of needle  and that do not make your work have to go over a bump or you'll constantly be tugging at your work.

Lisa Mac wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:07 PM

I love either color, texture elements or lace work in any projects I knit.  Just enough to add some style and interest to the project!

pmprdlady wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:02 PM

I am not a big fan of seams. I love to knit lace. When I make a sweater, I usually look for a garment that will either fit my large bust but skinny waist well or that can be easily adjusted to do so. I usually use sock weight yarn because it is more cost effective for the time that I put into a project. I have lately seen several worsted weight projects that I would love to make, but I haven't found the cash to do so. :(

GemsByGranny wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:54 PM

I love beautiful colours, and touch is important too, so I tend to knit with beautiful yarn that has an inviting feel. Coarse yarns are challenging and projects with them tend to take a long time to complete.

Patterns break monotony, so for long knits such as scarves I tend to use either colour changes or stitch patterns such as ribs or cables. I often use 'patches' of patterns, eg columns of cables, stripes, blocks of differing stitch-patterns on the front of a jumper, plain sleeves, and so on. I don't mind seams but there is fun in trying to join blocks of knit using the knitting stitches themselves while at the same time, keeping the whole appearance neat.

I love to experiment, knitting items that I will probably never wear myself, but which are useful. It is good to know that someone will wear them after I donate them to a charity.

I also enjoy adjusting patterns to fit my larger-than-desirable frame. Incorporating the Mathematics I teach at school is a thrill, and who said Algebra is useless?? :-)

on Jun 14, 2014 9:54 PM

I prefer to knit in the round and avoid seams, but will seam when necessary -- it does stabilize areas better (such as shoulders) that sometimes need it, especially in a stretchy yarn. I love cables and am getting more ambitious with lace. I like garments with some shaping; as I'm small, I can easily be overwhelmed by a garment that is too bulky. I knit everything on circular needles (using an interchangeable set), whether it is pieced or knit in the round, as that puts more of the weight of the knitting in my lap rather than on my wrists and hands. The only type of straight needles I have used for years are DPNs for mittens (and sometimes I use circulars for those, using the Magic Loop technique). As well as being less strenuous on my hands, it's a lot easier to carry around one set of interchangeables than a whole handful of straight needles.

suzeq1956 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:42 PM

I absolutely love the lace patterns!  They are so easy to dress-up an outfit or put it on with your blue jeans and have a casual look.  I prefer the patterns with seams as they are easier to fit my body shape; but I will try any type of pattern for a bit of a challenge!  I used to do mostly crochet  patterns; but I find knitting is a bit more forgiving on the arthritis in my hands and wrists.  I can't knit fast enough to complete all the gorgeous knit patterns out there!

tojoy wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:41 PM

I like a pattern that is written well.  One that has clear instructions and a stich guide.  

MMMBaker wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:38 PM

I also like top-down seamless sweaters, but lately I've been knitting items with some interesting details, lace or unusual seaming.

1les wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:30 PM

I tend to look for patterns both classic and comfortable, but with some feature (cable/texture/lace section, or interesting shaping/construction) that makes it stand out without being too trendy or fussy.  I used to dislike seaming, but now I have learned a few tricks to make better seams and I find it can be almost like meditation.

on Jun 14, 2014 9:28 PM

I really like top down construction but any unusual but classic styles appeal to me.

babler wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:18 PM

I like top-down seamless sweaters the best.

goldenfleece wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:16 PM

When I look at a pattern I look for the overall form and functionality the garment will play in my wardrobe.  I am comfortable knitting and seaming as well as knitting the garment all in one piece.  I like knitting from charts for lace and written instruction for the overall construction of the garment.  Set in and raglan sleeves would be my preference for the way they fit my body type.  I also like finishing details like buttons and edge techniques that make the garment look finished and professional.  Knitting the perfect garment is an art and finding the pattern with the details that will make it perfect is VERY important.  I love the look of the patterns in this collection and can see that many of them are candidates for my wardrobe.

liisant wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:12 PM

I like laceand cables. And fitted garments.

on Jun 14, 2014 9:05 PM

I look for patterns that are easy to modify to my shape. As a petite person, I do not want a sweater that ends below my rear end!

on Jun 14, 2014 9:02 PM

Well, I made a baby sweater in knitting class a couple years ago. Now, I finished knitting the beautiful teal colored sweater however, it never got seamed because I was a novice and still not confident in my abilities just yet.

So, today leaves me a just a lil more experienced knitter than those past years who loves the twisty twirl of cables and the feminine ethereal lure of lace especially if the pattern can combine a mite bit of both within my projects.

Spidercake wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:02 PM

I like garment patterns that offer the opportunity to learn something new. Colorwork is attractive, and I also enjoy textured stitches.

bpaine wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:52 PM

love that luscious golden yarn and the sweater on the cover! looking forward to settling down with the book and checking them all out.

on Jun 14, 2014 8:51 PM

Aside from a passion for cables and lace I really enjoy different textural elements incorporated into the same garment, such as the solid sleeves in this sweater.  Adding lace sleeves to a solid top seems so "in" right now as well.

PattiMN wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:51 PM

Color work intimidates me but lace or cables patterns? Bring them on, I love them.  I get a great feeling watching the pattern build row by row.  My favorite 'ah ha' moment was when I realized that the cable needle is held to the Front for a leFt cable cross and to the Rear for a Right cable cross. Once that clicked for me, I've had no wrong way cables.  it seems so obvious now but it wasn't  to a beginner.

CottonLover wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:49 PM

I love colorwork or cables.  I like to have something to keep things interesting as I go.  I don't mind seaming and have never made a sweater without it.  I will have to try one without seams, I expect it would be amazing to not have that next step to put it together.

AMR wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:48 PM

I look for garment patterns that are either seamed or knit entirely in the round, but never a blend of the two. No matter how hard I try, I can't switch from 'knit-in-the-round' to back and forth in the same garment (f.ex. knit in the round to armholes, then back and forth) because there is always a subtle but noticeable difference in the knitting. I've tried everything; nothing works. If I really love a pattern that uses the 'switch' I either knit it in pieces, or figure out a a way to make steaks. But usually, I just move on!

Linda@461 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:39 PM

When making a sweater I like some interesting patterning and shaping to hold my interest. I don't care so much if I have to seam or not. I view knitting as therapy so I want to enjoy the process. Ultimately though what matters is that the final product fits well and is something I will want to wear for many years.

on Jun 14, 2014 8:39 PM

I really like interesting lace or cables that add architectural details to a garment.  I also like unusual techniques and simple garments with interesting twists.

DaphneK wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:32 PM

Clean, classic and challenging, those are the things I look for in a pattern - and if I cannot find them I make my own, which provides the challenge and then I try to design for classic and find stitch patterns that are interesting to do.  Since I took a workshop and learned the 'mattress' stitch and then discovered on my own the joys of three needle cast offs  for shoulders and crochet slip stitching for set in sleeves I have no problem with any of those.  That said, I really like top down sweater patterns for little ones as it make it so easy to add more length if needed.

russalky wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:26 PM

I don't mind seaming, I'll take a sweater/cardi that uses one piece or seams.  More importantly I look for sweaters I find attractive, preferably modeled on someone curvy so I can get a better idea of how elements stretch around a figure.  A snug lace sweater, depending on the lace pattern, could look great on someone with a fairly straight torso and horrendous on someone curvier where the lace has to stretch around a bust and hips and tighten up at the waistline...or conversely be knit so that it fits at bust & hip but is overly loose at the waist.  Not so easy to add your own shaping at the waist with lace!  

kellyd@24 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:13 PM

I am much more likely to finish a garment that doesn't require seaming. As a classic pear-shape, I look for patterns that give more measurements than just a bust figure. Also, I prefer that charts accompany any written pattern, when possible. One thing I appreciate so much about Interweave Press is that patterns in your products often include information about the designer's intended ease (positive or negative) for the garment.

mazzuppy wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:10 PM

I like various styles but I keep to clean lines and color to make a garment stand out.

donawynne wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:10 PM

As an older knitter, I prefer sweaters that are knit flat and seamed.  This also allows me to work on my project where ever I go and is not as heavy hanging from the needles.  I am also addicted to cables and if pattern does not include them, I find a way to incorporate them into the pattern.  I also prefer a garment that is comfy, roomy, and feels like I was wrapped in a piece of heaven when I put it on.  It makes all the hard work and time involved in the garment well worth the effort!

folkart705 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:05 PM

I prefer seamless patterns.  Not a big fan of finishing

U74SBJ wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:56 PM

I look for interesting stitches. I love cables and lace designs.

dyj7188 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:52 PM

As a beginning knitter, no seams knit patterns are important, but I think that these types of garments wil not fit as well as those that are constructed better.  I also prefer top-down sweaters and toe-up socks because I like to spin.  Since I live in a temperate climate,I would like to see more patterns that discuss the characteristics of plant fiber yarns, in year-round, layering  or transitional pieces.

TonaL wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:51 PM

When I was younger, I liked bright colors and patterns.  Now I prefer subtlety!

Poetmom wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:47 PM

Classic patterns with new and creative details are my favorites!

on Jun 14, 2014 7:42 PM

I look for very clear instructions. I am not against seeming has I have found some tops fit better if seemed.   One top i started 20 times (a record at my LYS!).  I loved the yarn and was determined to find a pattern that highlighted both it and me!

I prefer to work with a graph as I love knitting lace. I also like patterns that make accommodations for different body shapes.  I sometimes have trouble fitting a garment to my shape :-)

Monica@25 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:33 PM

My preference is for cardigans - and they must have some sort of texture - preferably lace. I will knit raglans, but I would rather have set-in sleeves - knit from the top down with short row shaping for the caps.

on Jun 14, 2014 7:30 PM

I go for a classic, look that speaks to our knitting heritage from a particular culture.  I feel that we make connections to needleworkers of the past when we keep the old techniques alive.  I llike practical, warm garments.  Clever construction, for example avoiding seams with provisional cast on, grafting, circular and pick up and knit knitting, are always appealing.  I usually try to think through a pattern to use the above and find that very satisfying.  Short row shoulder shaping instead of cast off shaping.  Designs which incorporate the behaviour of the fabric created with different stitches to shape the garment as opposed to increases or decreases, really appeal.  For example a dress where the yoke is cabled but the skirt is stocking stitch.  I really love traditional fair isle and real Guernsey's with the mock seam and the gussets under the arm and at the neck.

There is so much to fascinate with knitting.

sincerely, Wendy Leigh-Bell

sweetie41 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:23 PM

I like sweaters that include knitting in the round for a portion of the pattern.  I also like simple patterns that use contrasting stitches against stockinette as details in their design.

aedold49 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:13 PM

I like patterns with no seams.  No matter how much I practice, the finished items with seams just don't look as nice as those without.

skitt53 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:39 PM

I look for classical styling (so I can continue to wear it next year and the year after, when the "fads" change), with an interesting pattern, but not too "busy". Seams or not, doesn't matter to me, as long as the fit is nice. Often I will see a pattern and I like most of the design features, but there are usually a few I'd want to change, so it's an added bonus for me if the instructions are clear enough that I can make a few adaptations and still have it come out looking nice.

DebM wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:30 PM

When picking a style of sweater to knit, a pullover or cardigan are the primary choices. Sweaters I have knit include many Dale sweaters with colorwork, textural designs such as gansies, and sweaters with some lace inset but rarely all lace. I really like to knit from top down or bottom-up with the sleeves made first (if long) and added at the point of insertion as dealt with in the pattern.I absolutely love to have most on the sweater completed and not to  have to seam a lot. Some seaming under the arm (those pesky 8-10 sts or finishing a gusset) and minor closures are to be expected.

My most favorite sweater to knit is full of colorwork especially Fair Isle that I have designed. My usual way of picking out yarn for knitting Fair Isle is to get the yarn samples and pick 3 or more skeins in a color family and go from there picking 8-9 families mimimum  or enough skeins that go well together to finish the projected yardage. These colors are put together by family to give the dynamic movement of colors within the sweater. Then these colors are laid out to see just how the colors will come out!  Love this method and it never fails for me. I also like to get wild with these families from time to time.

I knit almost any sweater with great joy liking just seeing the sweater evolves. It  would be great to take on a challenge as this sweater will be. I love the idea of using Paitina and this new book "New American Knits". As for the yarn, I think Lorna's Laces is one of the finest yarns being produced. It is both beautiful, practical, and last but not least, most luxurious yarns. Thanks for the opportunity.

KariF@3 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:27 PM

All the patterns look like they would be fun to make.  It would be hard to decide which one to make.  ( i could always do random numbers for the page and then pick that pattern.) I am currently knitting a sweater for my husband, and I want to have something to look forward to when it is finished. (Along with  the other 6 projects htat are currently  in progress!)

suzipsews wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:24 PM

I love lacework and fitted garments with as little seaming as possible.  I knit more for OOAK dolls for adult collectors than I do for myself and I adapt people patterns to dolls.   thanks for having this contest.

alicelang wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:23 PM

I look for patterns with texture and with styles that skim and drape nicely - ones that don't cling too tightly.  I don't mind seaming but really appreciate it when I don't have to.  A few lace details add fun and beauty.

Anonymous@2 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:21 PM

Although I'm OK with grafting, I've never seamed a knit item. I hated seaming crocheted items, so  I learned how to avoid it. When I started knitting I also planned my projects to avoiding seams. Someday I will try seaming knits with matress stitch, and probably wind up loving it. Then I'll work my way up to fitted sleeves and seaming them in. Once I have power like that, who knows where it will end?

catkids wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:19 PM

I look for a pattern that's easy to understand and customize.  Classic is best so I can adapt it and use it over and over; add a pattern or edge. I think tunics are flattering and drape well on many body types.

Koyle wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:09 PM

I look for a classic line with some interest in the stitch and a good example of that would be the Benton Cardigan. I want something that will catch your eye but will not cross your eyes while working on the sweater, I also like some design element in the back as that is usually very plain. I just finished a sweater that had a lace design that looked like a cable on the front and the sleeves and I put that same design on the back. I love it. I have mastered the art of seams so that is not a decision maker when I look at a pattern. Often times the color of a sweater in a magazine catches my eye but when I examine the pattern decide it is not for me. When there is a chart with a repeat say across the yoke I will do a swatch of the chart to see if I like doing it. There is nothing worse than getting most of the sweater done and  finding you detest the repeat and the sweater ends up in the WIP basket forever.

blekky wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:01 PM

I love cables and textured stitches. Would rather have as little seaming as possible but I can and will do it.  I like form fitting sweaters to make for my daughters and lovely cardigans for myself.

MicheleL@15 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:58 PM

I really prefer to knit in the round (I should probably give my straights away) and I have been making several lace pattern accessories, a cowl and a scarf and learning a lot about knitting lace. But I think it is time to tackle a sweater (i haven't knit one since high school) and this book looks like the place to start, maybe the Nevelson Lace Pullover. But then again theTanner Cowl looks really nice.  

Do you think maybe I am afraid to tackle a sweater (it's fear that it won't fit that keeps me from starting one)?

Winning would give me the push I need and kind of force the issue. I will keep my fingers crossed.

kobonack wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:57 PM

I am totally anti-seaming!  It's not that I only knit seamless projects, I just love to see the whole sweater come together as you go, instead of a punch of pieces.

Eileen@3 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:49 PM

I love to see designs that take classic elements to a new level - travelling cables, unique applications of lace or color work - I enjoy it all!!

JDThomas1974 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:46 PM

I am not "pro"/"anti" seaming, or anything like that...I do look for patterns that are appropriate for me. I want to make sure the garments I knit are going to flatter my figure and look nice on me after spending all that time knitting.

DebbieW wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:45 PM

Being a full-figured gal, patterns with an increase for the bust, slight taper under the bust, with a different knit pattern for the upper and lower portion that falls mid-hip. Fair isle, varying patterns or different colorways are clever ways to draw the eye to where you want. Little or no seaming is preferable, picking up to knit in other directions makes the piece interesting. I'm partial to a square or rounded neckline that is just above the bust collars please.

GTiger wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:44 PM

Love the colour of the cover sweater. It is so me.

What do I look for in a sweater pattern, hmmm!

Well it has to have texture of some sort - cables,  lace, cables, unusual!

It should be not to form fitting.

It must be comfy looking.

I prefer as little seaming as possible, but it doesn't put me off totally/

martha63 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:42 PM

I choose patterns in a classic style with a touch of lace or a cable accent or textured pattern. I prefer a lighter weight yarn, in autumn colors or the soft colors of spring. I like to wear cardigans and vests, but  I make hats and scarves to give for gifts. The fewer the seams the more fun it is for me to knit. I am learning to knit lace shawls, and I'm looking forward to adding beads to some of my projects.

pgreenspan wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:26 PM

I'd love to do some interesting textured stitches in a fairly lightweight pullover or cardigan, something I can wear under or instead of a blazer when teaching.  I like ultra-soft yarns with subtle but vivid colors.  I don't mind seaming, though I mainly work in the round.  

KaydeeS wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:25 PM

I am definitely anti-seaming or I try to add this feature to the pattern. My tip is to slip the first stitch and knit the last stitch of a row for smooth, neat edges on those that are not going to be seamed.

on Jun 14, 2014 5:25 PM

When I am choosing a pattern, I look for sweaters that fit and flatter my body type. I look for socks and hats because they are quick and easy to make. I look for doll and baby patterns because you can get awesome results in small objects. I look for patterns that go with yarn that I have fallen in love with. Sometimes I will get a pattern because I like a certain motif in it that catches my eye.

on Jun 14, 2014 5:22 PM

What matters most for me in a pattern that I knit and actually wear is how it ends up fitting around the neck and shoulders. I lean toward seaming and set in sleeves because of how the seams help the garment hold its shape and how I can control the fit. When I knit top down raglan sleeves I frequently end up reinforcing the neck on the inside of the garment with a crochet chain to prevent it from stretching. I will also knit and reknit until I get the fit right. If I am going to spend the money for good yarn and take the time to knit something, I want it to fit, I want it to flatter, I want it to hold its shape, and I want it to last. I come from a background where my Mom is an amazing knitter, and many of my 20/30/40-year old sweaters still look good.

Beyond this, I like variety. I knit colorwork, lace, cables, etc. I love classic and proven shapes with a stylish or humorous twist. I like somewhat fitted garments. I occasionally like a challenge, like the Rowan felted tweed I am taking on that mixes fair-isle and intarsia.

Bstrommer wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:20 PM

I have a ridiculously large stash right now so I mostly look for patterns that will use up what I already have (I made a vow not to buy anymore until I've used up some of what I have).

JulieB@41 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:17 PM

Knitting for me is as much about the experience as the garment. I pick projects that I can love and wear for years but I love to find things where I am learning something new whether it is a technique or working with a new fiber.  My favorite things are as a close to seamless as possible and with some repeat in the pattern so that once I absorb it, I can finding knitting zen in the experience. I love the openness of lace. To me the combination of holes and pattern feels very freeing. The book looks full of items that combine practicality with artistry which is a fave. I look forward to seeing more.

on Jun 14, 2014 5:17 PM

I look for patterns I can easily convert to a loom for loom knitting (which actually is a lot!), and for patterns with a modern sensibility!

LaurenA@11 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:15 PM

When it comes to knitting,  there isn't a technique, structure, or shaping that I am not willing to try at least once. But when I need to go to my happy place,  I like lace knitting in the round with a classicly elegant shaping or style.  Lace provides me with enough of a challenge to keep me interested and 'in the round' with continuity to sooth my soul. If I had any advice to give other knitters,  it would be - 1 mistake no biggy, 2nd mistake slow down and pay attention to your knitting, 3rd mistake put it down and  take a break you are tired and need some rest.

MaryD@2 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:14 PM

I like lace but not too holey for garments. That cowl looks like fun too!  I have a mil who likes yo sew up seams for me but as she's 87 I may have to learn in the not too distant future!

DonnaC@46 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:14 PM

I choose a sweater pattern that has interesting details. It doesn't have to have shaping but interesting shaping helps, or an interesting edging or neckline. If the stitch pattern is plain then I look for interesting touches at the sleeves or neckline or shaping. If the stitch pattern is interesting then i don't want too many other details to distract from the stitch pattern.

@nnie114 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:14 PM

Hopper Cardigan, and Tanner Cowl together. Love bold colors and patterns. Fairly new to knitting and always looking for the next challenge. Seaming was fairly intimidating but I am getting better.

mjhuset wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:08 PM

I look for a garment that I can alter to fit my body.

Stitcher918 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 5:01 PM

I love texture - whether lace or cables and I'm a sucker for fairisle. In looking through the book I'd have to say that I love the simple but elegant look of the lacework of the Tanner Cowl. Above all I love the Benton Cardigan....Seamless and cables...Who could ask for more?

akayruiz wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:56 PM

Gorgeous sweater and perfect color. I don't mind seaming, now that I've learned better how to do it. I've always tended toward lace and cable patterns rather than color work. Because of the climate I live in, high mountain desert, I have started using more sport weight yarns rather than heavier weights. I started knitting at 4 years old -- although that was probably more a function of moving stitches my mom cast on for me from one needle to the other -- and 50 years later, it is my mental salvation. Thanks for this opportunity and the beautiful patterns!

jlrebel wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:56 PM

My favorite feature in a garment pattern is a description of ease, particularly on the garment as worn by the model.  Thus: "Model is wearing 36-inch size"?  Mildly useful.  "Model is wearing 36-inch size, with two inches of positive ease"?  Very useful!  If that information isn't available, a general description of intended ease is almost as good: "Sweater is designed to be worn with two inches of positive ease."

Add that to knit-in-the-round with minimal seaming and I'm sold!

on Jun 14, 2014 4:54 PM

I like a little something interesting as I knit - a bit of texture or shaping. I used to hate seaming, but it makes for a stabler garment, so I just do it and am always pleased.

mdflowers wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:51 PM

I love to avoid seaming where possible.  I much prefer a clever construction to interesting colorworks.  I enjoy cable and lace elements.  My very favorite designs are ones that make a simple shape into something different, unique and fascinating.

ladybinct wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:51 PM

Sweaters with cables always catch my eye.  If a pettern has interesting details or uses a new technique I am also drawn to it.  I have started to love cardigans more than sweaters I have to pull over my head although I hate doing buttonholes and sewing buttons on.

I have enjoyed doing seamless sweaters since i always procrastinate when it comes to finishing.  I had a cardigan sitting in a basket waiting to be finished for so long I found moth holes in it.

WendyG@19 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:49 PM

I love cables or any pattern that offers interesting textures, along with the option for several sizes.

on Jun 14, 2014 4:48 PM

I like to knit in the round because you can try on the garment as you are knitting it.  I don't mind seaming, but I don't like to have to pick up lots of stitches.  I look for a cardigan pattern, which knits the band as part of the fronts.  I like something which is a challenge, but not so difficult that you need to always look at the pattern or chart.  I love lace and cables and yarn which is easy to work with, yet looks special.  I think I just like to knit and many times, give away what I have knitted.

on Jun 14, 2014 4:47 PM

I particularly like the Hopper Cardigan.  It has the elements that I seek:  classic style that won't get outdated, can be worn almost anywhere, and has interesting and yet subtle stitch detail such as lace or cable.

on Jun 14, 2014 4:45 PM

I love cables and any challenging needlework!  I prefer knitting in the round but it won't stop me from doing a project if I need to 'sew' the sides together.  I have found that making a copy of the pattern and attaching it in my notebook helps me to keep up with the row number--I make a slash mark and every 5th row I mark through a set.  Any notes I need to make are in the notebook, then I can write whatever is essential to the pattern--changes for my size, being aware of trouble I may have had--on the actual pattern.

SueW@49 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:44 PM

I have recently transformed from a product knitter to a process knitter, so what I look for in a pattern is a challenge. I love color work and lace, and I would like to focus more on texture and shaping.  So far I prefer top down, raglan sleeves, but I am open to anything. My tip would be to not be afraid to try new techniques.  If it doesn't turn out how you wanted it to you have lost nothing, just frog it and start over!  Time spent learning and creating is never wasted!

Treys Mom wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:43 PM

I look for style first; then the difficulty or the pattern and makeup. I'm not afraid to lace, cables, bobbles or just about anything else. Seaming and elements of design are generally not a decision making factor.  Last thing I check is yardage. I like to be realistic so depending on what else I am working on, I may shy away from large projects like coats or dusters.

MariaAnn wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:42 PM

I absolutely love the front cover, the Nevelson Lace pullover is gorgeous and I would love to win. I do like lace patterns, but I also have a love for Fairisle. I think with the right color combinations you can create very beautiful garments. I'm also a fan of cable patterns - they're a lot of fun! So, I guess I look for interesting textures and colorwork. I like the item to have very interesting elements.

Jamie Wang wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:42 PM

I like a classic cut in my sweaters and long, lean lines.  I usually go for worsted weight or finer yarns because sweaters worked in bulkier yarns tend to make me look wider.  Most of the time I like to knit interesting textures (cables, lace, etc.) with occasional color work, but generally avoid intarsia (too slow a technique for me).

on Jun 14, 2014 4:40 PM

I favour top down seamless patterns most. Of course, a lot of cables make me look the other way, though!

Beachcatz wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:36 PM

I like to try new yarn blends, but I am not always successful at matching the right pattern for the blend.

on Jun 14, 2014 4:34 PM

I am absolutely fascinated by lacework and am constantly looking for flattering patterns that include it! The preview inspired me with both the lacework and the color work patterns! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book and cast on!

on Jun 14, 2014 4:30 PM

I like to make cardigans, mostly, especially the ones that have challenging cables.

amr3405 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:28 PM

My preference is seamless knitting for sweaters that are classic with a bit of fancy stitches.  I want something that looks special and will be wearable in style for years.  I don't want something that looks out of style about the time I finish the garment.

julieelf wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:27 PM

I look for classic lines and timelessness- not a fad person! I do hate seaming, and I love, love, love lace. The pictures from this book are inspiring! They make my fingers tickle to cast on!

Thank you,


rblakeney wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:26 PM

I prefer as little seaming as possible, little-to-no colourwork, top-down sweaters with easily modifiable patterns. Generally I go for pullovers rather than cardigans. Thanks for the giveaway!

ronshobbit wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:25 PM

I really like celtic knots so I look for cables! What I look for and don't usually find are patterns that will fit me with me figuring out how to adjust them! Would love to see patterns that will fit larger women (chest meas. 52" +)

halucy wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:08 PM

I like to choose patterns that have interesting elements to them, or something that I've never tried before. I like to challenge myself. Or maybe I just like being frustrated. :) Either way it's entertaining.

Meghanmeno wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:07 PM

I usually prefer seamless but I love anything that will give me a challenge

SharonP@33 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:05 PM

I love lace knitting and the textures it creates. Of the sweaters shown, I really like the classical styling of the Hopper cardigan.  Even if I am not a winner, I think this book will be.

ChrisH72 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:05 PM

I am a fairly new knitter.  I am looking forward to trying sweaters.  I love working with cables and lace patterns.  I like knit garments that have some artistic design to them rather than plain stockinette stitch.

cgeyarn wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:05 PM

I am drawn to the comfy cardigan style sweaters that just keep getting better the more you wear them!  I do appreciate design elements such as textured stitches, cables, or lace sections being incorporated into this type of sweater pattern to add  " hand-knitted"  uniqueness to the finished garment.   I prefer to use a seamless construction method.

on Jun 14, 2014 4:05 PM

I like seamless construction and maybe lace or cables - something to add a little interest both while knitting and in wearing.

elainegoold wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:04 PM

I've only knit two  sweaters in the 18 months I've been knitting.  I like loose fitting sweaters that can fit over a blouse or shirt.  I like to find interesting buttons to  complement the sweater. I like interesting details that give the sweater character.

Cathryn Ann wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 4:02 PM

When I choose a pattern to knit, I look for classic lines.  Although I'm slender, I do not care for anything too form fitting with negative ease, but like some shaping as a rule.  Depending on the design, I will convert it to knitting in the round, and can include some shaping at the waist (for instance) without having side seams.  I have no problem assembling a sweater, but I prefer to have both the front and the back completed up to the armholes at the same time.  I particularly like gansey sweater construction where it's essentially knit in one piece; and like top/down sweater construction for the same reason.

I knit a lot of lace, especially shawls, and enjoy knitting cables.  I am currently in the middle of knitting an aran vest.  This summer, I plan on knitting a Fair Isle cardigan.

On every project, I start with reading the instructions thoroughly.  I make detailed notes and always knit swatches until I have the right combination of needles and yarn to get the required gauge.  Then while knitting, I will continue to make detailed notes so that, should I decide to knit that pattern again, I won't have to go back and "reinvent the wheel" as the saying goes.  I use a row counter a lot when not using charts.

Finishing properly is essential, especially blocking.  I block almost everything.

stracey65 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:55 PM

I love working with lace stitches, so when I knit for myself I look for a pattern that will flatter my figure as well. Simply put, we're not all a size 4. I love the look of this sweater and I do believe it will look good on my size 14 frame as well.

herts2laf wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:53 PM

I prefer very classy styles with hints of lace or well shaped. Not too finicky!

hilljs wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:49 PM

When I choose sweater patterns, I look for patterns that have creative design elements such as lace or unusual stitch patterns, a capacity to be adapted to fit my shape, and a challenge such as an opportunity to learn something new.

on Jun 14, 2014 3:47 PM

Fit , weight of yarn and color. I like simple knit seaml best. Shawls or vest

MicheleM@6 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:45 PM

What I look for in a sweater  Hmm since I am a new knitter I am looking for patterns that I can complete. A pattern with lace or cables to make it shine as if my grandmother knit it for me. I also like a pattern  that helps me learn. I am always looking up some stich or technical aspect of a pattern. Right now I am learning how to change weights of yarn suggested in a pattern to a yarn I think would look better. I am not ready to do color work (trust me you should see my first attempt)!!!! Not pretty

Sure hope I win looks like a chance to learn even more.

karenb92 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:40 PM

I really like Remington Cardigan

by Amy Christoffers

I prefer  no seaming.

nsmohr wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:37 PM

I like knitting sweaters in the round. I'm not a big fan of seams. My favorite sweaters are vests. I rarely wear long sleeved sweaters, but vests are something I wer year round. They also knit up much faster than a full sweater.

hilljs wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:36 PM

When I choose sweater patterns, I look for patterns that have creative design elements such as lace or unusual stitch patterns, a capacity to be adapted to fit my shape, and a challenge such as an opportunity to learn something new.

Sue Keefe wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:35 PM

I love to have a classic garment that has a detail element to it.

Love lace,cables,trim---I guess I just love to knit. Favorite knits are socks for just go to project, intricate light lacy shawl to keep my mind active and engaged.

Started about 5 years old and in my 70's now still learning knew innovative ways to manipulate a length of thread.


dewonlilacs wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:34 PM

I look for shaping in a garment that is appropriate for my age and body type. I also look for interesting details such as cables or edgings that are complimentary but not overwhelming to a garment.

Laurpud wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:23 PM

I look for patterns that have sizes large enough to fit me.  It's amazing how many patterns don't come in extra large.  Which is silly- we bigger girls buy more yarn lol!

joday wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:21 PM

I like a pattern that will challenge, but not overwhelm me. Easy-fitting, usually a single (or blended) color,  a bit of lace &/or a bit of glitz   ---   I want to be proud to wear the sweater to my fiber-loving guild meetings !!

BarbaraR@20 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:18 PM

I love to knit sweaters without seams.  If it has seams, I,ll knit both fronts and the back at the same time.  It takes a little more time but it is well worth it.  I love a challenge.  It makes me feel good when I see the finish product.  One mom I may knit a sweater and the next maybe an afghan to put away for a baby shower or one for a Wedding.

sviqueen wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:15 PM

I'm liking the cowl - looks fresh and trendy.

(and that's me all over! ;0)

trastoskey wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:13 PM

I knit projects that speak to me. It has to have a purpose. Beyond that I like variety, shape, drape, complex patterns and the simple stockinette. What I don't really like are circular needles as adjusting for my gague is a pain. I off set a sweater project with a scarf or shawl and sometimes a project for the grandsons.

7hughes7 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:11 PM

When I'm looking for a pattern, I want something with texture, maybe lace in places, and it has to be wearable.  I am knitting sweaters to replace some of the ones I have in my wardrobe that don't fit well or aren't the right color.  I usually have two things going at once, something portable and something a little challenging.  If a pattern requires a seam for stability, I would rather sew the seam than be unhappy with the garment later.  I really like some of the patterns in this collection and can see myself wearing several of them.

AnneByers wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:10 PM

I have had a long period without time to knit, so am re-learning many things. Next on my wanna list is a lace project. This sweater project looks interesting, lovely for my daughter-in-law.

cdmincey wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:04 PM

I prefer to knit seamless garments, knit either in the round or top down.  I also like looking for lace and texture in patterns.

Annseams wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:56 PM

I've been looking for a cardigan to knit…not too long or heavy.  Looks like the Hopper fits the bill.

Dina@19 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:55 PM

I've been knitting one project at a time for 50 years but in the last few years since I joined a knitting group I've discovered the practicality of having several WIPs. I love an intricate, detailed, challenging, fine lace project. But that is rarely portable. I became a sock junky and usually have a pair on the needles as an on-the-go project. I love shawls which are usually portable projects. My very first knit was a sweater. That's what I wanted, so that's what I made!  I love unusual patterns with lace, cables or color work. I would really love to win this sweater kit!

mngensor wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:54 PM

I look for a pattern that gives me a little challenge and is not plain looking.  I like to wear color and don't mind seaming.  My only requirement in a pattern is some looseness or give in the upper arm due to my weight.  I have forgotten the number of times I've seen a pattern in book/magazine or a top in store and found that the sleeves are too tight in the upper arm.  It's 2014 and I like to be able to raise my arms.  

bhappy41b wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:53 PM

I love to knit a garment that is a challenge. It broadens my horizons and I always learn something new even though I have been knitting over 65 years.  My favorites are cables and knitting  summer tops for my daughter that lies in hot Arizona I will be teaching my two great-granddaughters how to knit this summer once school is out. I look forward to the sweaters in the book..

Molina wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:52 PM

I am a practical knitter that enjoys knitting items that will be used. With that said, I like to have the items that I knit have some personality, panache so I try using new yarns that I haven't used in the past. It allows me to make an ordinary project into an extrodinary one, just by taking a leap and trying a new yarn.

blairdonell wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:50 PM

I am self taught and love learning new stitches that create texture.  I prefer knitting in the round but seaming is one of those things that gets easier with each project.  Love this pattern!!!

camspinner wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:50 PM

I love working cables, but I also love lace work.  Although I don't particularly enjoy putting a garment together, I think sweaters look great when they have seams for structure.  Colorwork - especially Fair Isle - is another favorite technique, but I turn down intarsia.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, I find that I wear sweaters much of the year - even those cool summer evenings and especially the moderate autumns and springs.  Gotta love sweaters.

KristineS@6 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:45 PM

I've knitted a few sweaters - all have been seamed and they took FOREVER to finish because I hate seaming.  I just finished a zip-up vest that I converted from seamed to seamless because I actually wanted to wear it sometime this year and it was a breeze!  It is on my blocking mats now!  My next sweater project will probably be a seamless something with a  touch of lace…I have dozens in my Ravelry queue…now to decide.  Either that or I will take a class on seaming so I am more comfortable with it and feel like I am not ruining the garment by my poor skill.  

mireilleb wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:45 PM

Mostly i look for something i would wear! My finishing skills are still so-so, which means i prefer seamless designs.

kfsimpson wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:44 PM

I love to be challenged by my knitting. The more patterns the better. The more colors the better. As for seams vs no seams it depends on what I'm making really. I've been knitting most of my life so either one is fine by me. I'm happiest when I have needles in my hands :)

nanaedye wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:43 PM

I like to knit something with a bit of a challenge, but not so much that it never gets finished. I'm happy to seam if necessary. And I always have a "no think" project going; to knit when I'm visiting with friends or waiting in a place that does not allow for concentration.

Leighann94 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:43 PM

I love lace. I m in a warmer climate and lace makes it a little cooler.

RachelB@2 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:39 PM

I look for sweater patterns with cables—I don't love knitting cables (though it's not as bad now that I've learned how to knit them without a cable needle!), but I love how they look in the finished project. I also look for seams for structure, and look for pieces that go with my wardrobe and I know I'll wear often.

jdsanford5 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:39 PM

I'm kind of anti-seaming, but I will seam when I have to, especially when I've come across a project the intrigues me - like the textures in the gorgeous Benton Cardigan above.  Must admit it normally takes me longer to finish a garment when I have to sew the seams though ;-)  

cindyja wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:37 PM

I like sweater patterns than I can knit with minimal piecing; top down, or bottom up. I love when I can hold stitches on some waste yarn and pick them later for the sleeves or side panels. So easy!

bregibson wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:14 PM

I'm a beginning knitter, but I really want to knit sweaters. I've been gathering patterns as I practice my knitting skills to be able to knit sweaters. My favorite patterns so far are the sweaters that are simple with just a touch of lace or texture. I can't wait to be able to make one!

Kiwi@5 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:13 PM

I just love complex patterns that take a lot of thought.  I am currently working on a sweater in entrelac with alternate rectangles in cable stitch.  I do prefer top-down patterns that do not have seams, but if I really like the pattern, I don't mind so much.

I also love lace patterns for summer tops and I lean towards tunisian and other styles of knitting and crochet as well.

All of it relaxes me and I don't even mind knitting a whole garment and then taking the time to unravel it again to use on another "draft" design.

SoozB wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:11 PM

For garments, the most important thing is no seams. I hate the finishing process - I'd much rather be knitting.

I love lace and cables. Interesting constructions will catch my eye. Texture is nice.  Plain stockinette is just tooooo boring.

MizSnooks wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:10 PM

I love lace work.  And garments that are comfortable and colorful.  I love making things for new babies, as a treasure to keep and use.

Mstorey777 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:01 PM

I admire sweaters and cardigans that have cables but I have a better chance to complete my projects without the bother of the extra needle.  (Sigh). I am not a lazy knitter, though, as I love lace and fine soft yarns that make elegant soft sweaters.  And I don't mind seaming at all.  I really believe seams allow the finished work to have clean crisp lines.  Lorna's Laces Shepherd is one of my all-time favorite yarns!  I am addicted to soft sock and sport yarns.

EeyoresPal wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:59 PM

I am a long-time crocheter, who dabbled in knitting 20 years ago, but I have recently picked up my needles again, and just completed my first hat!  I think this brings a strangely out-of-balance perspective to how I look at knit patterns at the moment.  I'm not worried about reading diagrams or finishing techniques, because that carries over from crochet.  Right now, my repertoire of stitches is limited, and my comfort level with "exotic stitches" is low.  So, I am looking for patterns that take basic stitches and use them in new and interesting ways.  In general, I like conservative garments with a twist, and this fits right in with that overall style.  The patterns in this book appear to fit right into my style; I would love to own it.

cotton-head wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:56 PM

As a long time knitter, I have to say that two of the most useful 'tools' I use are my calculator and small scale that weighs in grams and ounces.  I learned to drought years ago when I had a knitting machine, so now when I need to change the pattern gauge to what I am actually knitting, the calculator is invaluable!  The scale helps me to know if I have enough yarn to finish the project.

As for type of patterns I enjoy, ones with a bit of a challenge suite me best. . .have to keep the old grey cells busy!  I am working on a Celtic knot pattern at the moment.  I also LOVE to do lace work. . .especially with beads. . .what a thrill to see the finished project all blocked out.

crlebrn wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:55 PM

I usually adjust patterns to do them with as few seams as possible. I also love knitting lace and cables.

on Jun 14, 2014 1:55 PM

I look for my size. As a plus girl, and an intermediate knitter, I am not always comfortable making on the fly adjustments--I need clear directions, lol (and yes, I am math impaired!)Thankfully most patterns will go up to a 1x womans size, so I dont have to do math.

After that I am looking for fit and texture--I like cables and lace both, and seaming does not bother me at all.

Ruth M

cotton-head wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:55 PM

As a long time knitter, I have to say that two of the most useful 'tools' I use are my calculator and small scale that weighs in grams and ounces.  I learned to drought years ago when I had a knitting machine, so now when I need to change the pattern gauge to what I am actually knitting, the calculator is invaluable!  The scale helps me to know if I have enough yarn to finish the project.

As for type of patterns I enjoy, ones with a bit of a challenge suite me best. . .have to keep the old grey cells busy!  I am working on a Celtic knot pattern at the moment.  I also LOVE to do lace work. . .especially with beads. . .what a thrill to see the finished project all blocked out.

on Jun 14, 2014 1:52 PM

I look for my size. As a plus girl, and an intermediate knitter, I am not always comfortable making on the fly adjustments--I need clear directions, lol (and yes, I am math impaired!)Thankfully most patterns will go up to a 1x womans size, so I dont have to do math.

After that I am looking for fit and texture--I like cables and lace both, and seaming does not bother me at all.

Ruth M

on Jun 14, 2014 1:51 PM

I hate seaming. I modify every "flat" pattern for sweaters into an "in the round" pattern, and I knit everything on circular needles, including sleeves.

For a garment, I look for practical wearbility, specially for working around the house, and in the garden. But, I truly love lace, and I often indulge in knitting a lace item, shawl or stole, just for the love of creating beauty. The Eloen cowl, from Knitscene accessories 2013, was just perfect for that. I'm sooooooooooo in love with this piece, and I wear it all the time!

For gifts, I like to knit hats and scaf, of course, but my personal favorite thing to give are fingerless mitts. I have lots of friends who work from home, like me, and we all know it can get a bit chilly, working in front of that computer all day. The June mitts, from Knitscene Fall 2013, are really cute, really warm, and are small enough to be sent by mail to friends who live far away.

Dawninco wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:50 PM

I tend to like garments that are casual and comfy-fitting. I love both seaming and seamless patterns as long as the design fits and moves well. I love knitting lace and texture elements. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and yarn-PERFECT color for me :)

Josie wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:49 PM

I enjoy classic pieces with some special detailing somewhere…a lace border or insert, or decorative stitches used intentionally as a detail….such as the several rows of slip stitching I just put into a baby sweater….the stitching gathered the skirt of the sweater and ended up looking like smocking around middle of the bodice.  I also want a garment to be really "wearable"…comfortable, soft and in a favorite color…making it a "go to" in my wardrobe.

on Jun 14, 2014 1:48 PM

I would love to make that pullover sweater on the front. Looks fun:)

ElizabethS@3 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:47 PM

Seaming is okay but knitting is the round is faster. So many projects and so little time.

P.S. Having a little problem posting my comment.

canalstreet wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:46 PM

Love seamless but will seam if necessary.  Use 3-needle bind-off almost exclusively

for seams (except for sock toes).

Sue7016 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:40 PM

Interesting details or structure appeal to me. I don't mind seaming at all. I do look for patterns that don't take as long to make - short sleeves, fat yarn, etc.

ElizabethS@3 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:39 PM

While I am fine with seaming I prefer knitting in the round because it is faster. Some many projects and never enough time. :)

CandiceP wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:39 PM

I would prefer no seaming, but if the design is spectacular then I would seam.  I love cables and I love, love, love the lace front on the cover of New American Knits !!!  I also like the intricate pattern on the Tanner Cowl.  I prefer sweaters with long sleeves.  Sweaters and sock are two items that require gauge swatches to help in the proper fit of the item.  I prefer sweaters that are fitted .  

peone wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:30 PM

I love either the Jasper Pullover or Moses Hoodie

KarinM@2 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:25 PM

I am pro-seaming because the fit is just better.  Also, I prefer fingering to Sport weight wool, in order not to add too much bulk.  I do not always get it right, but I aim for it.

on Jun 14, 2014 1:22 PM

I'm looking for a classic sweater with not tooo much seaming, something I can

wear in multiple seasons in multiple ways.I like the lacy fronted  pullover, which could be worn over different types of things.  I have not done much lace work and this would be a newish technique not in a shawl.

laureen227 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:12 PM

I've only made 1 sweater, simple stockinette raglan pullover, top down. I prefer knitting in the round, no seaming. Next planned sweater is lacy-I don't like making cables, altho I love the look of them.

Kleonike wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 1:06 PM

I look for patterns that require minimal assembly but have a lot of textural interest in the stitch pattern. I particularly like sweater patterns that can be layered, e.g., over t-shirts or turtlenecks.

on Jun 14, 2014 1:05 PM

I'm always drawn to sweaters or accessories that accentuate the feminine form. I also love patterns with finished tailored details, fun to knit and that upscale the pattern from home made to hand made.

I'm experimenting more knitting garments from the top down, although I also enjoy knitting flat in pieces, and seaming together.

As from tips,

When knitting a garment I like to take my time, make a big swatch, have it around for a week or so, so I can check I like the fabric and drape too.

I have learnt to keep track of every row when knitting sleeves, so both match perfectly. I also add a marker on every decrease or increase row, so I can mirror  the decreases on the same row when knitting the other sleeve or front. I also like to write down  every gauge detail, as I have learnt  I will forget sooner than I think. I  keep a notes record on ravelry and/or on my pattern copy so I can remember if I decide to knit it again.

Thank you for offering this giveaway. It's a beautiful book and yarn too!

Backtobasics on ravelry

Lrmaxwel wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:59 PM

I avoid seaming and I look for patterns with texture.

PamelaM@9 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:59 PM

I love lace in sweaters and cardis. An all-over lace that's not too lacy is fun and interesting to knit and flattering when a clingy stockinette isn't.  I also like other interesting textures made by using any technique/stitch. I like all of the designs in the book!!

sivasusan wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:54 PM

I look for patterns that can be modified to fit any shape or size. Often I love a sweater but want to make the pattern into a vest instead. (I'm always on the warm side). Can't do that so well with raglan sleeves... Love to knit length longer to hide those hips?

Yup! A-lines instead of negative ease to hide those love handles, oh yes :) Big girls like to look nice too...

Jesusan wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:54 PM

I love lace and hate seaming.  I think seaming is harder than knitting lace.  My solution recently has been to knit lace shawls.

Of the garments pictured here, the one I like best is the red cardigan with the interesting lines.  That is one I would love to wear.

PamelaM@9 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:50 PM

I love lace in sweaters and cardis. An all-over lace that's not too lacy is fun and interesting to knit and flattering when a clingy stockinette isn't.  I also like other interesting textures made by using any technique/stitch. I like all of the designs in the book!!

on Jun 14, 2014 12:39 PM

I love having the garment done when I cast off the last stitch. Weaving in a few ends and giving it a good bath and block is ok as long as I don't have to spend a lot of time piecing. I can't tell you how many items I have finished knitting but have yet to assemble. I am getting better at finishing but if I have a choice, it will always be knit in the round for everything possible!

klemke wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:37 PM

I am pro-seaming all the way! I love the way seaming of shoulder and side seams gives a knitted garment a "finished" look and fit. I find that this is especially important if an item will be layered over another garment.

sabom wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:30 PM

I am really inspired by color first and pattern second.  I am often tempted to repeat a pattern in different yarns/colors, because they truly impact how the pattern appears in real-time!

on Jun 14, 2014 12:17 PM

I love garments that fit, that have interesting details, but are classical and wearable, with grace and beauty  And of course I love to work with yarn that feels good and molds into shape in my hands .  

bean1082 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:52 AM

I look for a classic garment with a flattering shape and clear, straight forward instructions. I've been dying to get my hands on this book!

Tracey@3 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 11:06 AM

I love a garment that has a classic look with a twist for interest. As much time that goes into knitting a garment, I want to make sure it's wearable for years.  I love a top down construction because you can try it on as you go.  I like to learn new skills, so I love different constructions.

laurl wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:30 AM

I look for a garment that catches my eye and is interesting.  Need more practice with seaming--I usually look for things knitted in the round.

CarolynR@4 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 10:07 AM

I prefer a raglan sleeve style or a set-in sleeve style that can be knit in the round from the top down.  I don't mind  side seaming, but prefer as little seaming as possible. I look for classic elements in a sweater, a sweater that will still be fashionable next year and the years beyond, without novelty stitching, asymmetrical neckline closures or slanted and un-meeting lower edges..  Patterned stitches, in moderation, give sweaters a "handmade" look but sometimes all-over lacework in heavier yarns, just looks "homemade" - I think there's a difference - but I don't mind a subtle cable or pattern on parts of the sweater.

JaniseE wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 9:28 AM

I love knitting lace!  I look for patterns that are unique or have a unique element to embellish them. I don't have a strong opinion about seams vs no seams.  I'm ok with either.  I have done very little colorwork but look forward to learning more about it in the future.

Lee Wells wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:59 AM

Although I enjoy knitting lace or colorwork, cables and other texture are what I most often knit and wear.  (the exception is the texture made by alternating double increases with double decreases; it makes my hands hurt!)  As for seaming versus seamless, it depends.  Some designs work better with seams, other designs are better without.  My biggest issue can be size of the garment.  I am short and slim and many published patterns will be too long and "roomy" so I will have to adjust.  I have learned to check gauge repeatedly and take notes as I work so I can get a sweater that fits.  There have been a few times when I didn't get the fit I wanted.  Sometimes I will wear it anyway and knit something else.  A few times I gave the sweater to someone who was the right size for the garment.  Either way it is knitting and I am learning to be a better knitter!  The designs in the book look interesting to knit and to wear; there is much variety so something will work for me.

BarbaraR@80 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 8:54 AM

Great patterns. I often look for something unique, but am especially drawn to seamless knitting patterns.

danamkc wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 7:20 AM

I love lace as well as cables, and stockinette is fine when traveling.  Seaming is fine for adding structure.  The patterns above are beautiful!

WendyWeb wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:56 AM

First, I look at size if not an accessory. I don't often find my size in knit patterns, so I stick to accessories, mostly. I am making my first sweater now, though. Then construction and how much work it will entail and if I'm in the mood for something more involved, I'll go for the more work, but sometimes, I want just simple, but unique, in a clever, classy way. I have fallen in love with lace, so I really like lace incorporated somewhere in the pattern. Colorwork is something I aspire to, but it can be involved or having to weave in a lot of ends, etc., and I don't enjoy that, and I like to come up with my own color ideas or combinations anyway, though seeing beautiful creations is always inspiring! As far as anti- or pro-seaming, that doesn't matter to me for the right garment, I'd work with it no matter what.

kerrykeohane wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:54 AM

Love knitting sweaters of all kinds and learning new techniques withe each one.  I prefer seams (more like a jigsaw puzzle)  but sometimes it's great to knit seamless and have no or little finishing.   Look forward to sweaters in book!

Shinetastic wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 6:43 AM

I often choose garment patterns that have some kind of fitting to their shape, but if I love the colorwork, cables or lace pattern etc. that is definitely the deciding factor (I'll add shaping if I have to). I love patterns with some complex elements worked in, to break up large amounts of stockinette, to keep things interesting! I'm always excited to learn a new technique for a new garment!

JulieC@7 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 3:04 AM

I spend over half of my time knitting chemo caps, so knitting a garment is such a luxury. I love when there's a little bit of texture and I learn something new. I like cables and lace, that I am also fine with just knitting stockinette stitch. Each type of knitting has its own place. Sometimes I watch TV. Sometimes I have to concentrate on the pattern too much. Knitting is my lifeline. It has gotten me through a chronic illness that is very hard to deal with. I really love all aspects of it and I love watching knitting daily TV. Thank you!

on Jun 14, 2014 3:01 AM

I'm first drawn to a knitting pattern by it's overall shape. I prefer stylish patterns that accentuate the female form. A pattern without seams is an added bonus. When seaming is required I have to wait until I'm in the right mood! There's nothing more disappointing than spoiling your hard work by not paying attention to the finishing.

I'm a UK knitter so knitting from the top down is a novelty. I've done it twice & really enjoyed it especially the feeling that as you cast off that's it -DONE!

I would find it hard to choose between the patterns above-they are all fabulous!

Debi@16 wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 2:17 AM

I love to knit with a small amount of sewing but love to have bits of love and an interesting stitch all over for texture and added fun knitting the project

on Jun 14, 2014 12:30 AM

To be honest, I have never knitted a garment before but I have always wanted to. I learned how to knit last year July/August and the most complex thing I have made is a sock. I love making them but I would love to try my hand at something new and challenging. What catches my eyes when looking through pattern books or perusing patterns online is the simplicity of the look and the attention to detail, especially when it comes to lacework. I do not have any reservations about seaming but if it can be a great focal point or accent and it doesn't distract from the design, I am all for it. I am all for learning anything new when it comes to knitting.

smargster wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:24 AM

Would like to learn about making more fitted garments

lgschem wrote
on Jun 14, 2014 12:08 AM

I look for patterns that are or can easily be sized to fit my plus sized body.

lykkemeg wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 11:48 PM

I like garments that look traditional but use modern techniques to knit them.  My tip for seeming is that I lay my pieces back to back on the floor, and then I "pin" them together with those type of stitch markers that look like a small plastic safety pin and open up.  I pin the ends first and then any features that need to line up.  Lastly I pin together about every 2-4 in and then sew it up.  Keeps things aligned, keeps things from puckering, and doesn't harm the wool.

PamCollier wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 11:45 PM

When I'm knitting for myself, I'm nearly always drawn to traditional designs--clean lines, classic tailoring.  For accessories, I'll take the leap and try trendy shapes and details (or trendy colors and yarns).  For garments, however, I want wearable, timeless staples.

When I was younger, I was an impatient knitter.  As a result, I used larger needles and chunkier yarns to whip out boxy cardigans and "boyfriend sweaters" that were great for casual wear, but not much else (e.g., the office, a hot date).

These days, I want garments that fit well and complement my shape. It's not always easy--I'm twiggy thin with small shoulders and a short waist--but it's doable!  For instance, the shawl collar and open front of the Benton cardigan are perfect for me. The ribbing at the shoulders and hem would help "elongate" my torso.  The cabling is bold and beautiful without overpowering the rest of the design.  It also looks possible to shorten the body length a couple inches (which may not be necessary, but it's the kind of thing I look for in a pattern).  

The "right amount" of complexity is also important  Row after row of stockinette stitch bores me to tears.  It's great for sleeves, but I want the body of the garment to have enough detail to keep me interested in knitting it and excited about wearing it--e.g., the narrow lace panels of the Hopper cardigan are perfect, as is the repeating lace pattern in the body of the Nevelson Lace pullover.  On the other hand, I'll think twice about a pattern if it incorporates a truly difficult technique--I have friends who can "Kitchener" in their sleep, but I'm convinced I'll never be proficient.  Also, if a garment has an unusual construction, I'll look for quality schematics. I recently completed a sweater in which three layers of fabric came together at the back neckline in a manner that was "clear as mud" in the instructions and ultimately compelled the designer to post an online video tutorial.  The sweater was a gift for a friend who was eager to have it and wear it--otherwise, I promise you I'd have frogged that project and moved on with my life!        

I prefer seamless techniques (bottom up or top down), but will happily seam for the right garment. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've learned to love short rows (so useful for shaping the shoulders and necklines of garments).  I also enjoy lace and cables, but they usually look better (on me, anyway) when I'm knitting with sport or DK weight yarns.  As for colorwork, it depends.  A bit of stranded colorwork at the yoke and/or hem of a sweater can be pretty and color blocking can be fun.  On the other hand, horizontal stripes?  Never!  Also on my "never" list are stockinette necklines and/or hems that curl.  

shallida wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 10:56 PM

I need it more seamed garments then seamless so I guess that's my preference. My favorite technique is texture, then lace. I do color work because it is so pretty but I tolerate it. I like sideways worked sweaters and different approaches to knitting and construction.

on Jun 13, 2014 10:48 PM

When I look for a new project, I look for new and interesting techniques.  Cables are my favorite. I don't mind seaming, but if I don't have to that's wonderful.

wldnovacat wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 10:41 PM

I love to knit patterns that have either cables or colorwork. Seeing the patterns develop is so amazing! :-)

Ctbaxtermom wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 10:05 PM

When I am looking for a new pattern I like to find one with elements I have never tried before. That could be a new yarn, a different lace pattern, different seaming techniques, etc.

Tgene52 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 9:55 PM

I like knitting so there is less seaming as I tend to quit or take a while to get into seaming things. I like clean classic lines that are relatively easy to alter length and size but that have some detail interest, may be textural or a color accent. I don't care for stuff that adds bulk or weight to the garment like the long drapey fronts that have become popular recently or big cowl collars etc.  Knitting in the round is good and I have done some side to side pieces that work up nicely as well.  I like to use worsted or dk weight yarn, do not care for bulky yarns.

sbalstad wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 9:38 PM

Knitting in the round with one piece construction.

lrrh wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 9:21 PM

I love patterns in the round, lots of times I'll knit  in the round even when the pattern isn't.  I love lace and patterns that are fun and interesting, that keep me knitting just to see the outcome.  I love patterns with a challenge.  I just love to knit, always several projects on the needles and one of them are socks.  I like to switch between projects to keep it interesting and to have something simple when it's hard to concentrate:) that's why I do socks.  All of the projects look fun and I love the red color.

MonicaRT wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 9:20 PM

Short rows are AMAZING!  I knit a pair of footies with short-row shaping.  The toe just...appeared.  It is magical!

EllieVoss wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 9:19 PM

I like knitting in the round and subtle details--an elegant lace design at the neck or perhaps a small cable pattern along a cardigan closure.  Anything that makes the garment unique and keeps the knitting interesting, but without causing too much of a headache.  

Kajari wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 9:10 PM

I like the challenge that certain techniques provide when knitting (or crocheting). I'll keep at it until I get it right. There are no mistakes in knitting!

jaxknits3 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:54 PM

I love cables and I prefer to avoid sewing seams as much as possible.  I prefer top down sweaters.

penguinade wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:50 PM

I usually go for a seamed construction because it means  the garment will hang better, fit better and will be easier to alter. A little lace is nice, but I'd rather save an all-over lace pattern for a drapey shawl, while keeping garments mostly structured.

sam209114 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:30 PM

I absolutely adore lace, cables, and any chart work. I like a challenge and something I have to pay a little attention to, it really immerses me in my knitting.

SueBE wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:29 PM

I prefer seamless and one color.  

SueBE wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:28 PM

I prefer seamless and one color.  

SonyaK@3 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:26 PM

I just love to knit, I am most comfortable with needles in my hands. Colour and texture are important too as well as unusual sweater ideas.

acrononymous wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:20 PM

I love to knit lace and cables.  Seamless or not.  Charts or not.  

acrononymous wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 8:18 PM

I love knitting lace and cables.  Seamless construction is great, but it doesn't stop me from knitting items that have to be seamed.

NinaT wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 7:53 PM

Seamless construction, cables, texture, no garter stitch. Sometimes, the color of the sample is enough to make me look closer at a pattern.

on Jun 13, 2014 7:44 PM

I love top down designed sweaters.  I don't mind charts -but do like it when the designer takes placement of said charts into account when laying out the pattern!  Also love love love cables, and cardigans the best!

kfstockade@2 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 7:37 PM

Lace or cables!

texlady wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 7:21 PM

Love seamless, the fewer seams the better!!  I'll even convert seamed patterns to seamless when possible.  I also love lace inserts/panels and will often add these to plain knits to spice it up a bit.   Also, I prefer written instructions to charts most of the time.

Cassytom wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 7:13 PM

I prefer to knit my sweaters top down and seamless. I also like something challenging like cables or lacework.

on Jun 13, 2014 7:01 PM

I love patterns that have texture by using different stitches and patterns.  Love lace and not a big fan of seaming!

alara93 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:59 PM

I love to knit seamed projects! It's so much easier for me to adjust patterns when they are in separate pieces and it also helps to curb some cast on-itis :)

sevederso1 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:59 PM

I really enjoy knitting items that present a challenge and combine mixed textures.

I always want to keep creating something new that is beautiful and wearable as well.  I am happy sewing seams or knitting seamless--just love a challenge!

on Jun 13, 2014 6:41 PM

I love lace insets!  Knitting was doing it before it was cool (lace insets are everywhere at Target!).  I also love small unexpected holes or slits in otherwise simple garments. The "Mind the Gap" sweater by Wool and the Gang is a good example, with strategic slits at the front of the shoulders and at the back of the

elbows, it turns a basic loose-fit sweater into something both casual and intriguing.  

katebleu wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:39 PM

I love top down construction so I can add length if I want. But what really draws me to a project, a sweater in particular, is the perfect balance of classic styling and original details. :D

AleisC wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:32 PM

I sometimes seam and most of the time will change a pattern to knit in the round so less seaming!    Love lace knitting!  Like lightweight yarns!   Love Love alpaca!   Am a casual dresser so almost any type of garment can fit my wardrobe!  I just love knitting!

LaVeta Ann wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:31 PM

I look for patterns that have texture, lace or cable.  I am somewhat new to knitting and haven't tried coloring yet, but it will be something I am interested in trying.  I have mainly worked sweaters that have to be sewn.  I will be trying knitting in the round in the near future since I've heard so much about it.

La Veta Smelser

h king wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:29 PM

I like a clear picture of the item with clear instructions. I prefer to not have to seam, all in one piece is much easier for me. I love lace and cables in my pieces and something that I would be comfortable wearing. My best tip would be to not underestimate your ability to knit anything you want to, just be patient and have confidence in yourself.

Avidreadrr wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:07 PM

I look for knitting in the round, top down sweaters. I also look for some visual interest, be it cables , lace or a texture ( i.e. moss or seed stitch}. It also has to be wearable and not over the top fancy. I also like natural fibers especially wool. Also the yarn has to be easy to find.

on Jun 13, 2014 6:04 PM

I don't mind seaming.  I am terrible at getting everything to match up and be the right size.  I am loving the open, lacy sweaters.

JudithP@15 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 6:03 PM

I like comfy-looking sweaters, not overly fitted ones.

HollyH@16 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:58 PM

I always look for texture in knits -- and it looks like this book has plenty!

SarahMahan wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:54 PM

I like to knit in the round, I prefer seamless. I also like some visual interest without it being too fussy. Something I can pick up and put down since I have a busy 3.5 yr old, but interesting enough so I don't get bored.

tlwarner wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:53 PM

My favorite is non-seaming. I look for something that is simple, but looks like I'm a master at the knitting needles. I love cardigans, but after it's knitted, it ends up in a bag waiting for seaming--sometimes years.

knittwit304 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:52 PM

I love simple details that add texture and just enough interest to make it pop. I am still learning, (even after several years knitting) so I am always up to try something new with a lovely yarn!

jennipkd wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:46 PM

Right now in my life and my knitting I'm looking for simple - construction (no seaming, top-down works!) and pattern stitches (some easy, simple to remember lace, with some garter or stockinette for rest periods).

tarahyatt wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:44 PM

I love to knit in the round, preferably seamless, and I like some kind of a texture or pattern!

sjanova wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:38 PM

What do I look for? Clear photos of the garment (not the model or her/his hair or other accessories -- the most annoying thing in many patterns is being unable to see pattern features like the neckline or sleeve because the model's hair covers them). A nice clean schematic with measurements. All the abbreviations spelled out. Clear instructions for anything out of the ordinary are helpful. Seaming if it's useful for the structure is fine -- I have no problem with seaming and don't mind in the round either -- whatever is best for the item in question. I love lace and cables, separately or together. I'm not a major fan of colorwork yet but I'm working on developing skill in that -- have not yet tried intarsia but I have a few toy patterns ready for developing that skill.

emilyedge wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:37 PM

I love garments that are knit all in one piece. Seaming is so annoying, and if I can avoid it at all, I will!

I also love raglan sleeves, and hidden details, like a striped pocket liner or a pop of color on the buttonband.

Zibeline wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:34 PM

I'm anti-seaming and I like a little lace rather than all-over laciness, though cables are my absolute favorite.  Love, love the burgundy cardigan!

nesnos wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:33 PM

I prefer a seamed sweater. It doesn't have to be a show-stopper, simple stockinette sweaters can be fun and beautiful, but any tiny detail that catches my eye is likely to keep me excited through the whole knitting process.

on Jun 13, 2014 5:33 PM

The Tanner Cowl

tmr714 wrote
on Jun 13, 2014 5:32 PM

I'm not big on seaming so I normally look for items knit in the round. Though, when I do take the time to seam I really like how it looks. Mostly I'm drawn to cables, the more interesting and detailed the better.

on Jun 13, 2014 5:14 PM

I don't have a problem with seaming. It takes more time but it does add to the sturdiness of the garment. I don't particularly like colorwork. I do like little details added in that make a handknit sweater stand out from a storebought sweater. Other than that, there's not really much I like or dislike as far as garment construction!