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Twinkle's Big City Knits: 31 Chunky-Chic Designs Hardcover – February 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; First Edition edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307346110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307346117
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wenlan Chia launched Twinkle in the fall of 2000 with a collection of colorful and exuberant hand-knit sweaters and accessories. Making its runway debut in 2002, Twinkle received high praise from both the New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily. Since then, Wenlan has shown on the runway each season at Seventh on Sixth fashion week in Bryant Park. Wenlan has received well-deserved recognition from the fashion industry, winning major awards and nominations, including the Onward Kashiyama New Design Prize in Tokyo, the Competition of Young Fashion Designers in Paris, and the Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York, among others. Most recently, she was selected as one of “Spring’s Leading Ladies”— a group of five notable designers— by Vogue magazine.

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Customer Reviews

Come on, the average American female isn't a 24-28 chest size!!!
Joji
I thought that it was a lovely looking book with some interesting designs.
Collette L. Rand
It just ends up being a huge tangled mess no matter how hard I try.
S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By bitter purl on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When I heard that Wenlan Chia, the designer of Twinkle, had a knitting book coming out I was, like many, extremely excited. Now you didn't have to be a rich fashionista with access to a cool boutique to wear a Twinkle design, you can make it at home!

I finally saw the book this weekend and it is gorgeous, Potter Craft has really upped the styling of knitting books and working with a well known New York Designer no doubt helps. The first half of the book consists of model shots of each of the patterns printed on glossy paper. Color and energy ooze out of these pages. Towards the end of this section you get to find out what Chia's ideas of what a size large are....a 37" at most. OK no big deal, except she doesn't provide an extra large.

The second half of the book is the pattern section that switches over to a matte paper and flat sweater pictures. This is where it gets really confusing and infuriating. Some of the patterns are one size only (and no I'm not just talking about hats or scarves) while some go as big as a 35" and worse for some the large is a 27"! 10" of negative ease in a bulky knit?!

I know enough about knitting to resize patterns, but why should I spend 30 dollars for that honor when Chia, her pattern writer, or her technical editor were being paid to do that? My theory is that Chia didn't write the knitting patterns (she's more of a free form knitter, which brings a sense of fun to her work) and someone else (the other author whose name I can't remember)had to look through her runway samples to 'decode' the knitting. When it was too hard to resize they just went with one.

I'm giving it 3 stars because the designs are gorgeous, unfortunately they aren't going to be wearable (imagine carrying over 1.5 kilos of yarn)or knitable for most people. Maybe a revised edition will be printed with sizes for a wider audience rather than just models.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on September 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The designs are creative, and I continue to receive compliments on the sweaters I've made from this book. But the patterns are full of errors and unclear instructions, most of which are not included in the errata sheet. Just thumbing through the book before I made anything, I could tell that there were major mistakes in the yardage requirements. And once I began knitting, I became quite frustrated. I am used to encountering some mistakes in knitting patterns and books, but this book seems not to have been edited or checked by the author at all. I am amazed at the number of errors throughout. Since I do like many of the designs, I will probably knit more, though I am thoroughly disappointed in the quality of the patterns.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. on July 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Word of warning: do not buy the twinkle "cruise" yarn- it's a silk/cotton blend. I wanted to try it and started one of the sweaters, despite the fact that the patterns call for 4 strands held together. 4 strands of very slippery, easily knotted horrid yarn. I tried everything- i put the 4 balls of yarn in seperate bags, in jars, in the 4 corners of the room. It just ends up being a huge tangled mess no matter how hard I try. I have had to make several cuts because it's just become impossibly tangled, I can't make it more than a row or two without having to stop to untangle and it's really easy to drop one of the four strands at any point, especially during increases, decreases, etc. I really want to finish this sweater, but it's taking me forever because I can't take it with me anywhere and i spend so much time working on knots. I like the patterns but stay away from the suggested yarn.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By J. Wendell on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
So, I went to an event at Anthropologie tonight and Wenlan was there. I asked her what was up with the impossible pattern sizing. Because the patterns are knit on HUGE needles with big yarn, it stretches like mad. Also, there is a bit of negative ease in there to make the garment hug the body.

Basically, what it comes down to is that those measurements are the KNITTED measurements, not the "will fit" measurements. There's a really important distinction. I'm no tiny girl...i've got a 41" bust...and I just bought this book after several months ago giving a copy someone gave me for free away.

Also, with the crazy large gauge you'd get for any of these patterns, it will take hardly any time at all to re-knit something if you need a size larger or smaller.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mary K. Campbell on August 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished my fourth attempted project out of this book and was hard pressed not to throw it out of the car. The pictures of the finished garments might be beautiful, but the patterns are riddled with mistakes, require a serious combination of both knitting skill and intuition to compensate for their omissions and, even when completed successfully, often turn out to be incredibly ugly. What was supposed to be a winter hat wound up looking more like a fishnet shower cap with overly long ear flaps. The only thing I can think to do with the book now is to use it as a basis for creating my own patterns. Even in this capacity, however, it will require serious effort and time to overcome its failures and inadequacies. In short, I hate this book.

(My boyfriend just came upon me typing and asked whether writing the review was sufficiently cathartic. Frankly, I don't think so, but it's a start.)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. F. on October 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While the patterns in this book look great in the photos and could look great knitted up, be warned that there are ALOT of mistakes in the patterns. There are corrections in a 3 page pdf at: [...]. Also the design of the book makes it slightly difficult to understand things like the stitch guage (81/2 stitches to 5 inches...) and what yarns to buy. Read that section very carefully and make sure to check the errata before purchasing as one pattern calls for 8750 yards which would make up about 10 of the pattern!
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