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More Big Girl Knits: 25 Designs Full of Color and Texture for Curvy Women Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307353745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307353740
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* This is a knitting book for the plus-size females that minces no words, delivered with a large dollop of humor and no small technical and artistic wizardry. Without always referring to book number one (Big Girl Knits, 2006), Moreno and Singer reprise their design wisdom for larger women—think skim and go to waist— then add new wrinkles, er, ideas. Their real secret? Take the time to measure the three Bs (boobs, bellies, and butts) carefully and then calculate, in advance, changes in the pattern. Their advice, before the advent of the 25 new patterns, is captured in lots of sidebars, charts to use, and icons to follow (and giggle at). Thanks to the fingers of 20 talented designers, the knitwear is attractive enough for even size 8’s to drool over: a greener-than-green cabled peapod Aran jacket, socks in a variety of lengths, the latest techniques in handbags, and other lacelike, ultrafeminine (and flattering) tops. Who knew that fabby was the word for big, beautiful girls? --Barbara Jacobs

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“This is a knitting book for the plus-size females that mince no words, delivered with a large dollop of humor and no small technical and artistic wizardry…Who knew that ‘fabby’ was the word for big, beautiful girls?”
Booklist, starred review

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These patterns are flattering and are a lot of fun to knit.
Anne L. Vreeman
The first Big Girl Knits book revolutionized the way we think about knitting for women of all sizes by emphasizing knitting items that fit and flatter YOU.
Shannon Okey
Have two projects already going and am looking forward to a few more out of just this one book!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. Vance VINE VOICE on April 3, 2008
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I bought the first book just for the wonderful measuring info, I didn't like the patterns in it at all. Not so with this one. LOTS of sizing and measuring info that does not feel like repeats from the first book. A WONDERFUl way to design your own sweater that will FIT! It rocks!Beautiful, beautiful patterns. Sweaters, socks, shawls, even purses! This book is one every curvy knitter should own, hands down. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mello on April 15, 2008
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This is it, what I have been looking and waiting for.

This is the Best Ever Book on knitting for the Big Girls.

There are some wonderful patterns in this book that I am actually going to use without modifying them, I like them so much Just The Way They Are. The women in the photos look great in their big girls knits, the text is highly readable (not boring) and full of advice just for us. There is a full page Yarn Yardage Chart based on type of garment, gauge, and bust measurement that I am going to xerox and put in my purse! (It will be with me for next year's Stitches West.)

To the authors, you've done a great job. This book is better than your last. I am looking forward eagerly to you next!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Okey VINE VOICE on April 7, 2008
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The first Big Girl Knits book revolutionized the way we think about knitting for women of all sizes by emphasizing knitting items that fit and flatter YOU. Not some made-up measurements for size X, but your actual size. Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer are back with an all-new collection of beautiful garments for ample knitters that focus on choosing yarns, colorwork, stitch patterns and more that look great in patterns that are fun to knit. It's a challenge picking just one project to get started on, as they're all beautiful and use gorgeous yarns you won't be able to resist.

Check out the Knitgrrl Show podcast on iTunes for an interview with Moreno about this book and other plus-sized knitting topics -- she's a wealth of information on a much-needed topic in knitting books! More Big Girl Knits and Big Girl Knits should be a part of every knitter's library for the fun, conversational tone of their introductions alone. I love these books, and frequently recommend them to shoppers in the knitting store next door who are looking for great patterns in their size.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne L. Vreeman on April 28, 2008
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Hot damn, I love these patterns! I've still got a huge stash of yarn set aside for the first book and I'm going to add to the pile to do as many of the patterns as possible from this one! Even when I wasn't heavy, I was a "big girl", with a lot of curves. These patterns are flattering and are a lot of fun to knit. The directions on different shaping methods and the body types the patterns are designed for are very well written with a great sense of humor. Don't stop now! I'll buy the next book too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gadget on March 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love the concept of this book--knits designed for us Big Girls. There are several patterns in the book that I would like to knit. I started the V-neck Summer Chevron pattern, but tore it out because the instructions were not clear--'knit to 2nd marker' for the side section made no sense and the shaping did not seem to be happening the way it should. I have been knitting and following patterns for more than 40 years and am not a novice. However, everyone understands written patterns differently. If patterns don't make sense, I follow them literaly and it usually works out. Not so in this case.

I am currently knitting the Susie Hoodie loosely based on the pattern. It is a beatiful sweater, but I cannot follow the pattern because I am not investing time and money to knit a sweater that has no closure as a decorative sweater. I want something that I can wear to keep warm, not a fasion accesory. I'm keeping the beautiful cable, knitting it in the round with a steek, and adding a zipper to make it a real sweater. The pattern has issues and I am uncomfortable blindly following it and hoping for the best. I'd rather take my chances with my own design.

Here are some of the issues with this pattern:

1. Row #1 is the wrong side, row #2 is the right side. What? Why? This is confusing for no reason. Odd is ALWAYS right side in stockinette stitch. Always.

2. The cable abbrevations on the chart are wrong and do not match the instructions. It took awhile to sort it out. Sloppy editing?

3. I do not understand the waist shapping--it looks like it starts about 4" from the bottom of a sweater that is longer than my butt. Forget the waist shaping--I already have a waist and don't like waist shaping.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Finley on May 25, 2008
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... and for the people who knit for them.

Love the book. It's a great follow-up to Big Girl Knits, with more techniques and patterns that flatter bigger women.

It's written for big girls who are frustrated with trying to find patterns that fit and flatter, but would be useful for anyone who knits for a larger girl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. B. on May 6, 2008
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This book is even better than the first one if that's possible. The sweaters etc. are very pretty and stylish. Their writing is very humorous and kept me laughing as I enjoyed looking over the patterns. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allison J. Gramigna on July 23, 2008
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Thank Heaven for Jillian Moreno and Amy Singer! They have come up with beautiful clothing for us Big Gals. Lise Varrette's photography is exceptional! The choice of models for each piece is like it was made for them! The patterns are clear and easy to follow. Their style of writing makes me feel like I'm learning from good friends. Right now I'm working on the Susie Hoodie and can hardly wait to finish it.

So little time, so many great patterns to knit! I highly recommend this book - and Big Girl Knits - for any Big Girl. Thanks to Jillian and Amy for helping us Bodacious Babes flaunt what we got!!
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