Her book starts out with a brief explanation of the different types of knits and their qualities such as stretch factor and appearance. She finishes the first chapter with tips for treating and preparing knits for sewing. The second chapter focuses on pattern selection and helpful notions. Pattern selection is very important when working with knits and she provides examples of patterns that lend themselves to knit construction.
The third chapter gets into the nitty gritty of actually working with knit fabrics beginning with pattern layout and then garment construction and finishes with closures and hemming. One aspect of this chapter that I found very informative was the section on working with different types of elastic and creating waistband casings. She includes instructions for applying clear elastic to reinforce shoulder seams and necklines. Another section in this chapter is devoted to neckline treatments and I love that she explains several different options for finishing necklines.
Chapter four discusses creative finishing and embellishing options for knitwear such as flounces, ruffles, picot stitching or lettuce edging. Some of the embellishment ideas can also be applied to ready-to-wear t-shirts or other garments to add a little style and personalization.
The final chapter gives instructions for several easy projects that are perfect for trying out your new found skills. My favorite project is the flounced tee - Nancy explains how to alter a basic knit top pattern to add in rows of vertical flounces that really give the finished top a fun look.
Peppered throughout the book are numerous notes from Nancy with additional helpful tips or suggestions for different techniques that add quick tidbits of information in easy to understand chunks. The techniques and patterns were all attractively and effectively illustrated so that they were clear and concise. When I read through instructional sewing books, I tend to visualize how things go together to see if they make sense and I had no problem understanding the steps as they were shown.
I think I am now ready to go boldly forth into the world of knits. Thank you Nancy!
About Nancy Zieman:
Nancy Zieman (www.nancyzieman.com) produces and hosts the popular Sewing With Nancy tv show that has been on the air since 1982, making it the longest running tv show about sewing. She has written and contributed to a number of books about sewing and quilting.
Disclosure statement: This review copy was provided to me by Krause Publications. I received no other compensation from the publisher or book author and this review contains my honest opinions about the book.