Kristina McGowan ’92 will return to Geneva for a signing of her first book, “Modern Top-Down Knitting.” Top-down knitting is a technique first made famous by Barbara Walker in the 70s, that enables knitters to start from the top of a garment, and measure for size as they work – with no additional sewing or assembly required. McGowan will be at Annie Walker, located at 22 Castle Street, on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 2 – 4 p.m. to sign copies of her book.
In the book, McGowan presents a vast collection of patterns that embrace classic and flattering silhouettes. Patterns include elegant dresses, shirts, and streamlined skirts, as well as accessories such as hats and mitts. While the top-down technique may be new to some, or hard to grasp for others, McGowan’s book pairs patterns with step-by-step photo tutorials.
Walker, who has published several books of patterns on her technique, met with McGowan prior to the publishing of “Modern Top-Down Knitting,” but also reviewed McGowan’s work.
“Kristina McGowan presents a charming collection of original designs in knitwear, to inspire knitters of all levels of skill. Her work incorporates the two essential qualities of good knitting direction: (1) her ideas are fresh, fashionable, and interesting; and (2) her instructions are clear and easily followed. Hers is an excellent book,” says Walker.
McGowan received a bachelor of arts in political science and German at William Smith. She is the daughter of Professor Emeritus Dan McGowan, who taught economics at the colleges for many years. McGowan went on to earn her doctorate degree in social science from Syracuse University, and currently lives in New York City where she is a knitwear designer.