Sunday, April 22, 2012

Handy e-books from Ann Budd

If you're among the growing number of iPad, Nook, or Kindle owners, you'll be happy to discover that many knitting books are now available for download. I recently received two Interweave classics by Ann Budd: The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and The Knitter's Hand Book of Patterns.

The Knitter's Handy books are even more handy on a reader. I routinely knit with both my dog and my iPad in my lap, and now these great books can join me there, too.

The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns "presents easy-to-follow charted instructions for eighteen sweaters, three in each of the six most popular sweater constructions: drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, saddle shoulder, raglan, and seamless yoke. Each style is provided in fifteen sizes (in two-inch graduations) from a 26-inch chest circumference for a two-year-old child to a 54-inch chest circumference for a large adult. Each size is further divided into six possible gauges: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 stitches per inch." 

This book provides patterns for sweaters that the man in your life might actually wear, meaning they're classic and not too froo-froo. Even my beloved Tom might wear this pullover (might being the operative word).

The Knitter's Book of Patterns has a template for almost anything you'd like to make. Socks of any stripe - or even classic ragg hiking socks - spring forth.

Do you have a couple of skeins of beautiful hand-spun or hand-dyed yarn? Try the book's easy-to-make mitten pattern.

Or take Ann Budd's tam pattern and make it your very own. Isn't this an adventurous beauty?

I'm looking forward to Ann's next books, The Knitter's Handy Guide to Top-Down Sweaters, which will be published in July. It is available for pre-order now. Interweave says, "this handy book offers instructions for knitting five basic sweater types: circular yoke, raglan, modified-drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges and for a broad age group."

Interweave offers The Knitter's Handy books in ebook, print, and a print/ebook bundles. You can find out about all of Ann Budd's books, including links for purchase, at 


  1. I made my first ever sweater from a pattern in the book of sweater patterns. The instructions are definitely easy to follow, and the patterns seem like you could easily adapt them for sizing and add interesting stitch patterns.

  2. I love the book of sweater patterns. Although I don't think of it as being a book of sweater patterns as much as a "How to Knit your OWN Design" book of guidelines. Maggie is right... make a swatch (any pattern), figure your gauge, choose you size/fit and basic style and you're off!
    I did one sweater for my husband where I used her saddle shoulder numbers, but I added all over ribs and centered cables... and it turned out great!
    I'm in the middle of one now using her raglan numbers where I'm blending single skeins to go from green at the hem to red/pink at the neck, asymetrical closure and seed stitch hems...

  3. I have the basic book of patterns and really love it... will have to add top-down sweaters to my list...

    I made my first tam from this book,a simple one, which just confirmed i do not have a face or head that is


  4. I love these books. They took my fear of fooling around with sleeves away. I can't wait for this new one. It isn't that I can't do it myself, but it is nice to have a backup when you hit one of those moments where the stuff going in does not compute.