Knitwear: An Introduction to Contemporary Design

by Juliana Sissons

Juliana Sissons is a knitwear designer, educator and freelance pattern cutter with clients including Alexander McQueen, Shelley Fox, Hewitts of Savile Row and the BBC. Her work has also been commissioned by artists including Leigh Bowery, Andrew Logan, Britney Spears and style icon Isabella Blow. Juliana is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textiles at Nottingham Trent University, and also teaches at Manchester School of Art, the University of Brighton, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018
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    978-1-4742-5176-1 (online)

    978-1-4742-5173-0 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-5174-7 (epdf)
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    Second Edition
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Fully revised and updated, this new second edition of Knitwear provides an invaluable introduction to the use of knitwear in fashion design. The book delves into the characteristics and behavior of many varieties of yarn and fiber, from traditional to contemporary, providing easy-to-follow diagrams, practical examples, and rich illustrations throughout.

Knitwear provides an insider's perspective into the knitwear industry and offers vital need-to-know information to readers on various career pathways, while highlighting contemporary machinery and tools available to knitwear designers today, demonstrating how to create knitting patterns, and laying out the basic techniques used on domestic machines.

Interviews with international designers, operating at different levels within the industry, provide further insight into the business of knitwear, and how to get a good head-start into the industry. A must-have handbook for the knitwear designer, Knitwear is a beautiful and indispensable guide to this growing area of the fashion industry.