This is a book that takes knitters step by step to the next level. According to the Craft Yarn Council of America, more than one-third of American women know how to knit or crochet. This book shows knitters how to create custom-fitted, one-of-a-kind items that express their personal style. It starts with basic designs and patterns for hats, sweaters, mittens, and other popular items and walks readers through making modifications. Topics include working with gauge, modifying sleeves and necklines, changing yarns or stitch patterns, and adding cables, stripes, beads, or other embellishments to jazz up the design. Sharon Turner (Brooklyn, NY), author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting (0-7645-9640-3) and Monkeysuits (1-56158-493-2), designs some of the most vibrant and brilliantly colored children's knitwear available today. She sells her patterns and kits through yarn stores and online at Monkeysuits.com.