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About the Author

Margaret Hubert is the author of more than 20 crochet and knitting books, including Plus Size Crochet, Knits for Men, Knit or Crochet--Have It Your Way, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting, The Granny Square Book, Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters, and Runway Crochet. She has enjoyed a lifelong career designing both crochet and knit patterns for yarn companies and book and magazine publishers.

Hubert also teaches at yarn shops, retreats, and national gatherings, and rarely misses a national conference in the needle arts field. A world traveler, Hubert pays close attention to the fashions in Europe and spots trends as they hit New York. In 2012, in fitting tribute to Hubert's lifelong work as a needle art designer, the Crochet Guild of America inducted her into their Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame. Her websites include: margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589233395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589233393
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Laura Jones on November 14, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
Loved this book. It has a wide variety of basic patterns, from a metallic tunic to lacey tops to a coat. The shawl is beautiful, and the purse pattern gives us a purse that is "in proportion". Also very uselful is the first section that explains how to adjust patterns, make changes in the sizing for bust and arms and raise a neckline. Many books that offer "plus sizes" are just sized up patterns created for smaller figures that don't fit well (like tiny tight tank tops). The sleeveless shell (also has matching cardigan) in this book has wide shoulders that will cover bra straps. And the only sizes in the book are from 1x-4x. It is the first crochet book actually created for plus sizes and I hope they keep them coming. The patterns in this one are basic shapes and classic styles that would look completely different by just changing the yarn, colors etc. so you can make several of each pattern.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Trowel on June 25, 2008
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I was very disappointed when I read this book. I was hoping for a crochet version of the Big Girl Knits books, with fashion-forward and trendy patterns. Despite the bright colors, the sweaters are frumpy. How many button front cardigans does one need? I live in a cold climate, and I own only one. The obvious plus size styles are all here: big, thick vertical stripes; oversized cardigans, oversized pullovers. Clothes that cling to outdated rules about what looks best on 'heavy' women. There are no styles that show off the plus size woman in her best light, whether she is an apple, a pear, or in-between. How about an equestrienne jacket or a sexy mock-surplice top? Maybe a cool bamboo or linen hoodie with a zipper? Even, gasp, a few skinny horizontal stripes.

Another complaint I have is with the shaping instructions. Plus size women often need extra room through the back, bust, armholes, upper arms, ribcage, waist, hips, derriere, etc. In some cases, we need less room in one area and more in another. In sewing this is accomplished through darts, yokes, pleats, etc. Ms. Hubert seems to address mainly armhole, upper arm, and waist.

I also really dislike it when there are no diagrams to accompany the patterns. This makes it difficult for anyone who is not standard height to adapt the pattern. Consider that I an 5'1" and 42DD. Also a 2X. But my arms are short for a petite 1X. I have a 25" inseam, as well! What looks like a normal V-neck may end up at my belly button!

I also agree with the reviewer above who complained about the lack of variety in shoulder styles. A raglan actually fits my small shouldered busty frame better than anything else.

On the plus side: I don't mind chunky yarns in outerwear, such as the cute mohair coat.
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Tigergal67 on November 8, 2007
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When I first saw this book was coming out I pre-ordered it right away. As a plus size yarn freak, finding plus-size patterns that flatter is some times very difficult so, I looked forward to this book like a kid waiting for Santa.

I got coal for Christmas. As a woman with a big, chunky body, I'm puzzled at who thought it would be a good idea to make items with big, chunky yarn for girls like me. Although the colors are amazing, the designs themselves are frumpy, bulky and not at all flattering. (With the exception of one of the shawl patterns that is just beautiful.) Most of the stitches are large and bulky, not at all flattering to larger size figures.

You BBW yarn goddesses should pass this book on by. It is a major disappointment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Bryan on May 7, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I've had this book now for a few months and love it. Margaret Hubert's book has concise easy to read directions, great contemporary patterns and FINALLY someone dares to design outside the realm of worsted weight yarn.

As an advanced yarn addict I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this IS the best plus size crochet book on the market.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kayla Fisher on August 28, 2008
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Variety of sweaters to crochet that look fun to make, none of the designs look like they were made for "plus" size people.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Lamaere on April 9, 2009
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This is a really wonderful book. I loved nearly all the designs, and can't wait to try them out. They range from modern to classic and don't at all look old-fashioned or dated, as I often find with crocheted patterns.

And I disagree totally with comments about using chunky yarns. I dress to look nice. Dressing to "look smaller" when everyone can see you're plus size is wasted effort. Who are you fooling? Dress to look colorful and fun! Fairly uncomplicated patterns with nice finishes that give a professional, clean look. I'd buy more of her patterns in a heart beat!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2008
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I wear a 3x and there isn't one item in this book I would make. Most of them require specialty yarn and some are definately not styled for the plus-size figure. They are either too short or require waist shaping that a plus sized person does not appreciate or require. Piecing diagrams with measurements are necessary for this kind of garment construction and they are not included in this book at all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Addict on January 25, 2008
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This is a wonderful book. It is nicely illustrated, and has nice patterns. The instructions are a little hard to follow at times,that is why I gave it one less star. I also wish it gave clear instructions on how to alter the pattern sections for using two different sizes at the same time for different sections of the pattern.
We plus size women need many more books like this. I have two friends who already plan to buy it.
Hat's off to the Author!
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