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I thought we’d start the first full week of the Olympic giveaway off with something fun: the “Knitting from the Top Down with Wendy Bernard” DVD from Knitting Daily Workshop. This hour-long DVD covers the basics of knitting top-down, seamless pullovers and cardigans. It covers two patterns (there’s a website you can go to to download the patterns; it’s listed on the printed material in the DVD case): a raglan pullover and a set-in sleeve cardigan.
It would help if you are familiar with Bernard’s work (she’s the author of three books in the Custom Knits line, which are all about customizing seamless knits to fit you perfectly) because these workshops are a little light on instruction. They’re still fun to watch if you’re comfortable with basic knitting techniques, but if you happen to have access to one of her books you’ll get more detailed instructions that will make the knitting that much easier.
This DVD would be a good place to start exploring top-down and seamless techniques, and Bernard is charming (though she does advise going to the Internet to find more information a little more than I’m comfortable with in an instructional DVD). I hope I’m not underselling this one; it really is great if you want to knit one of the sweaters included (you can see somewhat bigger pictures here) or just want to get a feel from top-down techniques by watching someone before you try it for yourself.
Comment below to enter. Why not share your experience if any with top-down knitting? The third sweater I knit was a top-down, and though it somehow still ended up too big for me (chalk it up to inexperience modifying patterns) I love the process.
[Photo by Interweave.]
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