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About the Author

MARY BETH TEMPLE is a nationally known crochet designer whose work appears in "Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, "and "Crochet World." She creates and publishes a popular pattern line, Hooked for Life, and her many books include DIY Afghans and The Perfect Pillow. Mary Beth has hosted the interactive podcast, "Getting Loopy," which won the Flamie Award three times in a row (2009, 2010, 2011) for Best Crochet Podcast, and was among the top 200 shows on the Blog Talk Radio network for 2009. Temple lives in New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600854125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600854125
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Beth Temple is a crochet designer whose work I've liked for a while. The reason is because she combines classic crochet techniques and stitches into contemporary fashions that are wearable. A lot of her designs are also relatively quick to stitch. Also being plus sized, I appreciate attractive crochet patterns that fit my build.

The patterns in this book are American crochet terminology with international crochet notation as illustrations for the stitch patterns.

It starts with detailed information about changing the size of the patterns, and adapting them to different yarn types. It explains how to shorten, lengthen and change the fitting of patterns, as well as swatching then testing the swatches for the method you plan to use for laundering or checking how stretching will affect the fabric. Handy if you're like me and generally prefer cotton yarns.

Then you get to the patterns, which are all shown on lovely women of different shapes and sizes. This book is heavy on the sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, shells and vests. There are also some outwear and accessory patterns and one gorgeous skirt.

The patterns start with suggested yarn types, but also include the Craft Yarn Council of America's sizing for that yarn and the gauge is listed so you can try it with a different yarn easily. They are all written in good detail and easy to follow. I'm better with charts than written instructions so I'll refer to the charts for the stitch pattern and use the instructions to know where to increase and get the right measurements and shapes.

The variety of patterns is good. My favorite long sleeves sweater in the book is the pullover on the cover.
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This book has a number of projects to choose from. Some are a bit more advanced but there are plenty of newbie patterns too. In the beginning you will learn the basic crochet stitches as well as how to fit the pattern to your measurements. (Something that will truly make the garment yours.)

Lots of great photographs are included as well as charts. Although this book is for plus size girls you can take the garment construction notes and make any of the patterns to fit you.

You'll find patterns for scarves, jackets, sweaters, vests, and even a messenger bag. Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter
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I wanted to find a book for curvy girls that wasn't the same old boxy crochet patterns and at the same time wasn't the same smaller sizes in need of mathematical tweaking to arrive at my size. ALL the designs are really cute and totally wearable, and versatile enough that changing the yarn or tweaking the trim here or there can completely change the character of the garment from every day to fancy to office wear. Love it, already almost done with one pattern and planning others, my book is filled with sticky notes!
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These are very nice designs. I've worked only one sweater so far, but found an error in that pattern early on that, if I weren't an experienced crocheter and realized that could not be correct, would have ruined the piece. This makes me second guess every other instruction, so I feel like I can't trust it. Be careful and keep track of your stitch counts. Otherwise, it's a great pattern book.
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This is a book that says that curvy girls CAN wear beautiful clothes. I can't wait to pick up my hook, and yarn to begin a project just for me. The photo spreads are perfection, shows the intricate detail in the patterns. The instructions, clear, and understandable.
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While the pictures in the book are beautiful the patterns are not easy to follow. If you are a member of Ravelry you can see that very few people have actually been able to finish any of the patterns in this book. Specifically I attempted the Aperture Tunic. The pattern is just plain wrong. I reached out to the publisher, the designer and the author of the book. Not one of them has come up with an errata. Dont waste your money.
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Although I am not a plus size, I am unable to make normal pattern sizes fit my body configuration. This book has some really nice patterns that can be adapted to my size and they fit.
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The patterns are very flattering and the patterns are well written, Ihave found no mistakes. This will be a book that I will be using for a long time.
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