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Fitted Knits: 25 Designs for the Fashionable Knitter Paperback – Bargain Price, February 6, 2007
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Attention handspinners and those who like to use handspun yarn: many of the projects in this book would work perfectly with handspun! Seamless sweaters tend to accommodate handspun's quirks much better than pieced-and-seamed ones, and Japel has you covered with designs to suit any figure.
If you've ever knit her patterns from Knitty or the ones she sells on her website Glampyre, you know that Japel's designs are not only beautiful, but rock-solid. They work every time, they size up well (plus-sized knitters take note) and they are easily modified to suit your personal taste. I loved this book, from the designs themselves to the overall layout, and will be gifting it to a few of my sweater-anxious knitting friends.
This is also one of the few books I have which doesn't rely on expensive yarns to do the work. Most of the yarns here are reasonably priced, and would be easy to sub if you wish.
It's true that the majority of patterns are for raglan sweaters. However there are a few that aren't. Besides, altho I could be way off here, I don't see any other way you can knit a top down sweater. Unless it's a round yoke, and personally I find raglan more flattering than round yokes.
Contrary to another reviewer, I don't see any shapeless knits in here. There are a couple of knits which are not knit in the round - a very cute sleeveless lace tank which gets its shapeliness from clever use of stitch patterns, for instance, and a tube top which uses a lace panel for the same effect. These are both in my project list for summer....
There's only one problem with this book. I can't use my usual method of marking with sticky notes, as I would mark practically all of them!
I hope she publishes more books soon, as this is one designer I will always buy sight unseen!
So, a few major plusses for the book:
1) The projects are ALL garments, with no filler accessory patterns.
2) They use budget-friendly yarns (we love you, Cascade 220!).
3) There are a WIDE array of sizes for each project.
4) The patterns span the seasons, also.
Stefanie has a very distinct design aesthetic, which helps her blend old-age and new-age influences beautifully in "Fitted Knits". I'm so glad I purchased this!
First of all, the book is in paperback format. But it does stay open nicely, for ease of reading patterns as you work. It is comparable in size to EZ's Knitting Without Tears.
As for the patterns, they run the gamut from classic (Cozy V-Neck Pullover) to romantic (Keyhole-Neck Blouse, Elizabeth Bennett Cabled Cardigan, Puff-Sleeved Feminine Cardigan) to young and modern (Coquette Lace Tube Top, Crisp Rectangle Tunic Top). As I first flipped through the book, there were many patterns that interested me in a purely "well, that looks innovative" sort of way. But after spending a couple days studying the book, it has become obvious that each pattern in this book is truly wearable and would be a stunning addition to any wardrobe.
While there is some repetition (3 cropped cardigans), I can see having many of my finished knits from this book become staples in my wardrobe.
Japel maintains her love of raglan construction, while also giving a nod to innovative construction or stitch patterns on more than one occasion. (Airy Wrap-Around Lace Sweater, Boatneck Bluebell Sweater, Textured Tunic)
Also of note is the adaptability of many of these patterns to handspun. As a spinner, I'm always on the lookout for pattern to display my handspun to its full potential, and this book has many patterns that would work well for the intermediate or advanced spinner who enjoys spinning worsted to bulky yarns.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like many of the patterns and the top-down approach is a favorite for me, allowing fitting as you go. There are patterns here that are not just bulky or Aran. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Corglet
fast shipping and accurate product description. wonderful book, easy to follow and wonderful patterns.Published 19 months ago by Alexandra Szkafarowsky
I am enjoying this book immensely and I have just started on the Tube Vest. While knitting it, I have found many errors that have set my mind spinning trying to correct them as I... Read morePublished 20 months ago by kathleen bodie
Fitted Knits: 25 Designs for the Fashionable Knitter ...I LOVE STEFANIE JAPEL's stuff its very easy to understand and well worth getting for knitters who want to knitting to fit... Read morePublished 22 months ago by June Lilley Holt
The first part of this book explains how to measure yourself to achieve a good fit with knits. The patterns in the book include some plus sizes as written and are design for... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Jeri S Sullivan
I got this book from the library and found some great patterns to knit. I thought I should buy the book. I really like it.Published on October 4, 2013 by Lots to read