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Melissa Leapman's Knitting Beyond Scarves: Easy Lessons That Let You Knit What You Never Thought You Could Paperback – Bargain Price, September 29, 2006
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Re the review here that said the striped top didn't have shaping -- it doesn't have shaping ....and you can see that clearly from the schematic included with the pattern. The reason it looks shaped on the model is because the model's body is shaping the actual garment because she's wearing a size that is knit to fit her snugly (negative ease). For many of us, that would NOT be a flattering look (revealing every little roll) and we'd almost certainly want something a little looser - and in that case, you might want to add a little simple shaping (decreases and increases) at the waist...otherwise it would hang as a square shaped top.
I am pleased with this book and would recommend it to anyone who is stuck in the scarf/plain rectangular wrap mode and wants to branch out a bit. My daughter is learning to knit and she's found this book, of all of the books I have, to be the most "non-scary" when contemplating making something beyond the very simple square or scarf.
I knitted the t-shirt on the cover, which was really easy. However, the photo is very misleading. There is no waist shaping or contouring of any kind, and the thing hangs like a sack, even when you get the chest measurement exactly right (which I did). I found I had to rejig the calculations, take in the waist 2 inches and add stitches gradually until I reached the chest measurement. For what's supposed to be a beginner project, that's a lot to ask. (Incidentally, if you're going to do this, make sure you measure your waist and chest and adjust accordingly. I should have had the waist more than 2 inches smaller than the chest).
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I started knitting recently and wanted to do more than practice by knitting a bunch of scarves. This book is great because it gives you creative and beautiful projects that are... Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Genevieve T Kilman
This was a purchase to shelve in our library because it is well written and simply instructive so the knitter can easily follow to create the article. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Ray in Burlingame