Knitting Expert Kristina McGowan: Top Down Knitting
Thursday on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: knitting expert Kristina McGowan!
Listen in below top hear Marly and Kristina talk about how she started knitting, designing, writing knitting books, Barbara Walker and her knitting books, and much much more!
Kristina McGowan has been knitting for most of her life. She was determined to learn so she taught herself to knit by checking out books from the library. It has always been a part of her life and she love to make things for family and friends. Eventually she found herself working at a publishing company and teaching many of her co-workers how to knit. Soon after, she decided to write her own book (she had been designing for herself for years already).
Kristina has a bit of an obsession with Barbara Walker (she even tracked her down and visited her) and her top-down knitting philosophy. Barbara (of the Treasury fame, link to all her books below) doesn’t really like sewing and didn’t like that a lot of knitting patterns required her to sew. In addition to her stitch pattern books, she wrote Knitting from the Top, a complete reference for how to make any garment from the top down, even pants! She gives 13 templates for 13 types of garments and how to make them fit you. For her first book, Kristina took that theme and made garments and accessories from her favorite templates. That book, Modern Top-Down Knitting, came out in 2010 and was a big hit. Because she didn’t work with several of the templates from Barbara’s original book, Kristina chose to do two patterns for each template for her follow up book. That book, More Modern Top-Down Knitting just came out last year and is full of great patterns, including pants and the awesome intarsia fox (both shown below).
Important links related to this show:
- Kristana McGowan’s designer page on Ravelry
- Modern Top Down Knitting on Amazon
- More Modern Top Down Knitting on Amazon
- Barbara Walker’s books on Amazon
- Schoolhouse Press website
And we can’t forget the Giveaway! Leave a comment below for your own copy of Kristina’s newest book More Modern Top-Down Knitting!