With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger presents her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop which includes eight new designs. The book expands on the simple, seamless, top-down styling we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.
More than just a collection, however, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized worksheet. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.
All designs are worked from the neckline down, so once the neck and yoke area are established, the knitter can just cruise through generating the sweater and not worry about counting or losing track of their place in the pattern. Another advantage of knitting top-down is the ability to try on your garment as you work, to ensure the fit is right.
In addition to all new patterns, Julie has dedicated a section of the book to an in-depth guide to choosing the right patterns for your figure type with considerations for colorwork, textured stitches, and hemlines all working in concert to create the right silhouette for you.
About the Author
Cocoknits founder, Julie Weisenberger, learned to knit and completed her first sweater in college while studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria. She has been knitting and designing ever since. In the 1980s she ran her own knitwear company; in the 1990s she designed sweaters for yarn companies and magazines; and in 2007 she founded Cocoknits.com, her own pattern and tool company.
Over the years she has developed and perfected a unique top-down, seamless method of sweater knitting called the Cocoknits Method, and created a line of tools that make the process of knitting and Making easier and more beautiful. For the past decade Julie has been teaching classes throughout the United States and in Europe on the Cocoknits Method and selecting flattering knitwear styles for different body proportions. She lives in Oakland, California.
Julie Weisenberger’s top down sweater method creates a very well-fitted garment through the shoulders, and the designs that go from there are for contemporary, classic sweaters.
Yarn Bar (Independent Yarn Shop)
Just marveling at the neatness of the increases. I never understood how to do the pick up and knit into the stitch below for right and left leaning increases, but the illustrations in the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop book made them so clear! That alone was worth the price of the book. I’m not even going to start yet about the pure genius of the sleeve cap shaping (I’ll wait til I have a whole sweater yoke for that).
Quixotic Fibers (Independent Yarn Shop)
Five reasons to love the Cocoknits Method:
1-The sweaters are worked in the round, so if you hate seaming, that's probably reason enough to take the class
2 - Unlike most in-the-round sweaters, Cocoknits designs have set in sleeves, which tend to be more universally flattering
3 - It's designed by Julie Weisenberger, one of my favorite designers. She's an accomplished knitter and designer who understands the technical details needed to make garments that fit and flatter
4 - The sweaters in designed for this method are very stylish -- clean, chic, and current.
5 - Once you're set up and your worksheet is filled out, you can relax and knit - just follow worksheet, row by row.
6 - Ok, I said 5, but here's a bonus reason. The patterns are flexible - you want a different neckline, it's easy to make that happen. Longer or shorter sleeves? No problem. More length in the body? Go for it. I gave my Emma more body length, longer sleeves, and a shallower neckline. And that was on my first go!
Crazy For Ewe (Independent Yarn Shop)