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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596684909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596684904
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* An admitted Francophile, which shows both in her adoring narrative and her 2009 book French Girl Knits, Griffin-Grimes fills her follow-up title with paeans to the art of French life and its bon gout—not just in dressing but also in the way of living. Per Coco Chanel’s dictum, Fashion fades; style is eternal, the author-designer piles our plates high with 16 designs for hats (toques and berets, too), shawls, and wraps, all lovingly named after one Gallic inspiration or another. At the beginning, we’re treated to word pictures of morning, noon, and night in France, and the various habits and desires of its populace, both native and expat. Her devotion to le français extends to an insistence on details, as shown in her instructions, sidebars, color photographs, and illustrations. Choose from Jasmin (head scarf) or Tartine (striped hat), from Tutu (slippers) or Tattoo (shawl). Every item includes words of wisdom—e.g., working a gauge for circular knitting—and meticulous directions. One caveat before a rush to fashion any of her latest: most projects have been designated for the more experienced knitter. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

Kristeen Griffin-Grimes launched her French Girl pattern line in early 2005. Her inspiration comes from her jazz-singing mother and her 12-year love affair with France. She leads regular knitting tours in France and is the author of French Girl Knits (Interweave, 2009) and blogs at frenchgirlknits.com. Kristeen lives in Seattle, Washington.

Customer Reviews

The photos are lovely.
Andrea R Crocco Varela
I will probably knit a majority of the patterns, and that makes the buy a success for me.
Kristen Sellers Pate
It's easy to follow the patterns.
kee1

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Sellers Pate on September 1, 2012
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I love this book and the adventure through France on which it takes you. I will probably knit a majority of the patterns, and that makes the buy a success for me. However, the book is not bound in the correct order (the glossary appears in the middle of a pattern and before the last 2 patterns), so if that kind of thing bothers you (as it does me), I'd wait for a corrected printing. **Update: I got a perfect copy resent from the publisher, and it seems the problem affected very few copies, so I'd recommend buying this book in a heartbeat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kee1 on September 29, 2012
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This book has short and cute projects. It's easy to follow the patterns. It can be used for creating beautiful gifts for friends and family.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Harris on September 14, 2012
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With beautiful photos and well written instructions, this book is full of great knits, from easy to more advanced. It makes a gorgeous coffee table book and a useful idea book for gift giving and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ElleAyess on May 10, 2013
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I absolutely adored this book so much I had to get the regular French Girl Knits book. The patterns tend to knit a little larger even when knit to gauge, so either go down a size or go down a needle size. Sweet designs, very happy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By redcurlygirl on September 24, 2012
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Fun and funky projects from the French Girl folks. I especially love the lace shawl. It may be my first lace project! The book is nicely photographed with clear instructions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emma on November 21, 2012
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perfect condition. full gorgeous patterns, photography, and little tidbits of french life. i love this book. thank you so much!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By murfsdeb on November 18, 2012
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this is not an easy or beginner book, in my honest opinion, but it worked for me with quite a few items...well written
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lovemurakami on May 14, 2013
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I all ready own the French Girl Knits book and love it, so when I saw that there was a new one due I couldn't wait to buy mine. Yet again Kristeen Griffin-Grimes has brought us a lots of great, stylish designs which will make us pick up our knitting needles and start knitting immediately.

There are some great projects in this book, both for the beginner and the more experienced knitter. There are 6 great hat patterns, I've all ready knit Sapphire which knit up really quickly and is a really unusual beanie style french revolutionary hat. There are also 2 sock patterns, 2 very different wrist warmer knits (one lacy and one in a french weave style), you also get some very stylish ballet style pump/slippers to knit and finally there 4 shrug patterns again lacy as well as chunkier styles and finally there is a really nice cowl to knit.

The photographs are good, with close ups of key details, there is a glossary at the back as well as all of the techniques you will need. The yarns used in the patterns are designer but I have used a cheaper yarn, looking at the needle gauge and thickness of wool to help me decide on what wool to buy. Of course, because these are accessories using the more expensive wool is an option as you don't need to buy as much.

Great knitting book, excellent, love the Interweave books.
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More About the Author

Raised in a family of Seattle jazz musicians, and encouraged to develop her own creative style, knitwear designer Kristeen Griffin-Grimes learned one word early on - improvisation. Coming of age in the 1970's, after university graduation and teaching in Mexico, she became a bona-fide "back-to-the-lander", complete with a herd of goats and five acres. Knitting and crochet were not only an artistic diversion, they were a necessity - every piece of clothing the author and her family wore (even her husband's jeans) was handcrafted.

Putting aside her needlework, Kristeen spent fourteen years as a professional musician and teacher in rural Wisconsin. It was her return to Washington State and subsequent retracing of ancestral roots in France that inspired her to begin her own design company, French Girl, which features knit and crochet patterns known for their inventive construction techniques, unique details and feminine styling.

Enthralled by the beauty of France, where the everyday is elevated to art, in 2006 Kristeen and her husband Philip founded French Girl Tours, leading small group excursions focused on knitting, cuisine and history in the Languedoc region. The tours have expanded to include a week-long immersion in the French countryside with visits to organic farmers and vintners, cooking classes, and a special Winemaker's Dinner on-site at a working wine domaine.

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