Acclaimed instructor and author Sally Melville distils her many years of expertise into this comprehensive guide to sweater construction, revealing the ins and outs of creating or modifying a garment pattern so the finished project looks and fits just the way you want it to. As even the most experienced knitter knows, there are many times when a time-invested project doesn’t live up to expectations. Sally solves this dilemma by providing step-by-step guidance to adjusting any pattern or making a custom one specifically for your own personal measurements and body type. Each element, from necklines to sleeves to finishing, is covered in detail, with easy-to-follow illustrations. The garment elements can then be combined in an endless array of design possibilities. With 10 original patterns that beautifully illustrate the various shapes explored throughout the book, knitters will have all the tools they need to adapt and create patterns successfully. Whether you are an experienced stitcher or one working through a pattern for the first time, Knitting Pattern Essentials is guaranteed to make you a more accomplished knitter.