Books on designing

Since I’m unemployed and trying to stay busy w/out going nuts, I thought I would learn how to design knitwear. Are there any books on the subject? For example, last night I started knitting a baby hat I saw in a magazine. After CO, the hat looks more giant than baby! So, I thought I might need to read up on how design a hat so it doesn’t look like its made for a giant! (FYI, I followed the pattern–needles, yarn, etc.)

My favorite is Barbara Walker’s [I]Knitting From the Top. [/I]Also, [I]Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting Design[/I] by Sharon Turner.

Knitting by Design, Erickson & Cohen
Designing Knitwear, Newton
Sweater Workshop, Fee
Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4, Walker

Yeah…I have the Teach yourself visually one…
But I think the most useful thing I have is Sweater Wizard, and Sock Wizard softwares. They let you do what you need to do to get things together…like right now…I am trying to make a duplicate of my Girl Guide vest!

Thanks everyone. I saw the Visual book at BAM the other day and almost got it. I’ll be going back next week, and will pick it up.

Vogue Knitting is the ultimate reference, IMHO.

That site has very helpful measurements.

I also like Wendy’s new book “Custom knits” it talks alot about how to alter existing patterns as well as design on the fly.