I am super excited to finally get my hands on Kristen TenDyke’s new book Finish-Free Knits. This books contains 20 no-sew garments in classic styles. Number reason I’m excited, no seaming! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the occasional pattern that requires seaming, but for the most part, I truly dislike knitting designs that require a lot of assembly.
Kristen will teach you to knit sweaters with no assembly required. Through clever planning and some simple techniques, the projects in Finish-Free Knits are shaped and joined during knitting— without sacrificing the pockets, buttonbands, shaped collars, and more that is accomplished in most designs by sewing together separate pieces. In addition, learn how to shape armholes, join pieces as you go, use short-rows for shaping, and more. ~ Interweave Press
Kristen’s collection features very simple easy to knit garments that contain elegant lace inserts and classic cable designs.
I love the fact that there are a wide range of sizes available, basic stitches used throughout the collection, yarn weights ranging from sport weight to super bulky, and an eight page glossary in the back with knitting basics. Each pattern has well written instructions, charts where needed and garment diagrams for sizing. There are also many tips included with many of the designs that might feature new concepts in knitting or garment construction.
So, who is this book perfect for? I would say for knitters who have a basic understanding of knitting, garment construction, as well as lace and cable stitch patterns. I feel that knitters will love the fact that many of the designs included will knit up quickly, that they are simple yet elegant, flattering and feminine, and the most important part, they are geared to fit any type of wardrobe.
Here’s a peek at what you will find inside:
Photos courtesy of Interweave Press (Joe Hancock, photographer)
I personally love all designs in Kristen’s collection, but my ultimate favorite is Delight Pullover. This is a super bulky knit that uses a size US 13 and US 15 knitting needle, which means warm and super quick to knit up.
If you enjoy pullovers, cardigans, shrugs or vests, this book is truly for you!
About the Author - Knitwear and crochet designer, as well as a knitting technical editor, Kristen TenDyke’s designs have appeared in books including Weekend Hats, Knitting Green, and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweater Patterns, as well as many publications including Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Vogue Knitting, Knitty, and Knit Simple. She recently launched Caterpillar Knits and is a former staff member of Classic Elite. Kristen lives in Maine. You can find Kristen online at Ravelry, Twitter, Facebook and on her website.
Disclaimer: I purchased this book and this review is my own opinion.