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Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results Paperback – August 7, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not just knitting patterns, but a class from one of the best knitting teachers alive. If you think you can knit, take it to the next level.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The written information may be very good, but my first impression of the knitted samples was that they were very poor. Read morePublished 10 months ago by knitgirl
Love this book and really learned a lot. I am working on a project from it now and it is going well.Published 10 months ago by Tamara Campion
Beautiful and nice variety of patterns. Great advice on style for body type. I'm eager to try quite a few of the patterns.Published 10 months ago by Antoinette Friedel
Learned new things about a good fit. Have already made 3 of the sweaters.Published 15 months ago by Doodles
love it! love it! love it! just what I was looking for, something to tell me more about what is an appropriate fit for me and how I can apply to my other designs (if I ever make... Read morePublished 16 months ago by emeraldstar