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"Leapman's explanation alone of techniques for tailoring knitwear is worth the price, and the fashionable, wearable garments are a bonus. Knitters interested in moving beyond loose, boxy garments will want to take a look." --Library Journal

About the Author

Melissa Leapman is a widely published sweater designer whose patterns have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, McCall’s, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Knit It!, and Interweave Knits magazines. Leapman has worked as a freelance designer for many leading ready-to-wear manufacturers, noted design houses, and major yarn companies. In addition, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are extremely popular with crafters at all skill levels. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586643
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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165 of 168 people found the following review helpful By paisleyapron on August 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Knitting the Perfect Fit covers basic information related to full-fashioned increases and decreases in knitting patterns. "Fully fashioned" means the shaping is not done at the edge of the knitting, but worked in a few stitches from the edge. The book includes 19 knitting patterns categorized according to how they would flatter a certain body type (strangely, most of them supposedly flatter all the types.) Interspersed among the patterns are "Designer Workshop" sections:

Chapter 1 explains how a "fully fashioned" garment is knit, gives illustrated instructions of simple decreases and increases, explains directional slants, how to read knitting charts, and makes garment suggestions related to body types.

Chapter 2 includes color photos of multiple examples of increases and decreases.

Chapter 3 gives full instructions on how to add decorative stitches in the fully fashioned increase/decrease.

Chapter 4 details ways that cleverly placed increases and decreases can flatter the figure. Also included is a shell/camisole pattern with detailed instructions on adapting the pattern for bust size. General knitting, finishing, and sweater construction techniques are illustrated at the end of the chapter.

Pros: the information provided is solid and informative, especially for those knitters who are unfamiliar with how full-fashioned increases and decreases are worked and applied. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with gauge measurement. The patterns are well-written, clearly illustrated, and the charts are easy to read. The information on shaping and illusion for figure flattery is excellent.

Cons: The title, premise, and descriptions of the book are misleading.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has nothing new in it. The tips are just rehash, the patterns are boring and not very well executed. What surplice top should pull up on the empire waist like the "Marilyn"? The body shapes information sounds like it will be useful...and then most patterns are marked that they are good for all body shapes? Why would an allover patterned tunic look good on every body shape? This might be good for a total beginner, but not for a competent knitter. I wish I could have seen inside the book before purchasing-- I would have avoided it entirely.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Diane Bloomer on November 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
First off, I need to confess - - I love Melissa Leapman as an author and teacher. I took my first "real" knitting class from her about 7 (or was it 8) years ago when I had been knitting for less than 1 year. My LYS had sponsored the classess and it was a weekend affair with 4 classess. The only one I didn't take (at that time) was the fully fashioned one. I didn't take it because I didn't understand the implications of what it would be teaching. Since that time, I have taken Melissa's class on fully fashioned techniques (and enjoyed it) and almost didn't buy the book because I had taken the class, but I DID buy the book and am very happy I did so...So maybe to help others in the dilemna about whether to buy the book here are my thoughts:

IF you appreciate helpful tips and well written instructions on basic knitting techniques all in one place - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you have a tendency to forget what you may have learned in class and want examples of the other techniques discussed in class - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you like two or more of the patterns in the book and want to knit them - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you want someone to hold your hand and tell you row by row how to design a sweater so you can say you did it yourself - - DON'T BUY THE BOOK!
If you want to be inspired by how different increases and decreases can enhance a shapeless pattern and make is something special - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you want a volume of Melissa's insights all in one place (or as I like to refer to it as My-Mini-Melissa) - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you like (or need) to "tweak" patterns to address fit or fashion issues and need some reminders of different ways it can be done - - BUY THE BOOK!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By clk on September 5, 2012
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This is another great reference book for knitters! Melissa Leapman is a master of techniques, and this book does not disappoint. She gives us all the techniques we need to make a sweater fit, and look beautiful at the same time. The patterns in this book are gorgeous! But the best part of this book is the text --- the information on fit and shaping is invaluable and can be used again and again on any knitted garment!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jennifer owens on September 5, 2012
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When I came across some of these designs on Ravelry, I knew I had to purchase this book.
The designs are beautiful and unique. There are 19 patterns, all of which are extremely well written - clear and concise language, with charts and full schematics (these features are a must-have in any quality knitting book in my opinion). There is also a great section on body types and how to determine which types of sweaters work well with certain figures.

I have many knitting books in my collection and I am certain this will be one that I go to again and again especially when working on my own designs. Melissa is an expert when it comes to shaping techniques, sizing and clever use of stitch patterns. Her sweaters just fit well - they are sized to perfection and with a great range to choose from. I like that each pattern has a vast range of sizes (from 32 all the way up to 52)

This book contains another great section with some very nice and different stitch patterns and advice on how to use them in designing to help create flattering effects - a great resource for designers or if you just would like to modify a pattern to suit your taste. In addition the back of the book includes fully illustrated general knitting techniques in a great format. I love that there are more than just the basics here - I can go to this book to learn about steeks, sewing in a zipper, making bobbles, color/ stranded knitting, different seaming techniques, and even weaving in ends. There are charts illustrating the assembly of sweater pieces after knitting from a "bird-eye" view --square indented, drop, saddle shoulder, raglan and set in sleeve - I find these images very useful.
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