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Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves Paperback – November 17, 2009
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"Thanks to Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer’s collection of clever, figure-flattering patterns, you’ll no longer need to struggle to resize patterns that weren’t designed with you in mind. With their guidance on how to choose the best designs for your shape, and how to modify patterns that are intended for someone else’s, they guarantee that you’ll never again knit a sweater that makes your big top look like The Big Top." —Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series and editor-in-chief of BUST magazine
"I can’t sing enough praise for Big Girl Knits. More than a collection of beguiling knitwear for the curvy lady, more than a good read (and a good read it is), this book is full of information that might change your attitude about knitting, dressing, and (dare I say it) simply being!" —Pam Allen, editor-in-chief of Interweave Knits magazine and coauthor of Wrap Style
"Big Girl Knits is one small stitch for woman, and one big, beautiful sweater for womankind." —Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life
"Big Girls don’t cry, and why would they when they can knit kick-ass, curvalicious projects like those in Big Girl Knits?! No matter what size you are, you’ll appreciate the beauty and attention to detail that is paid to each and every design in this book. Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer have proven that big girls not only knit, but also look hot doing it!" —Vickie Howell, host of DIY’s Knitty Gritty and author of New Knits on the Block
"I love this book! It brought tears to my eyes—both with its delicious humor and its loving attention to the subject. The technical stuff is handled wonderfully—with intelligence and clarity and a big heart. The variety in the patterns that follow is a delight. Jillian, Amy, the contributing designers, and the bodies this work will adorn are to be celebrated." —Sally Melville, author of The Knitting Experience books (Knit, Purl, and Color) and of Sally Melville Styles
"If you want to learn how to make garments that fit and flatter your body and you like to laugh while you’re learning and knitting, this smart, witty book’s for you." —Melanie Falick, author of Handknit Holidays and Weekend Knitting
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Big Girl Jillian Moreno (right) was formerly marketing director with Interweave Press, and helped launch magazines like Interweave Knits, Beadwork, and Natural Home Magazine. She’s the catalyst for Knitty.com and a frequent contributor. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, two adorable children, a basement full of yarn, and more books than the local library. This is her first book.
Big Girl Amy R. Singer (left) is the founder and editor of the web-only magazine Knitty.com. She is also a columnist for Interweave Knits and a professional editor and proofreader in the advertising industry. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two rabbits, who are eating the house one piece at a time. This is her second book.
Visit them at www.biggirlknits.com.
From the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
I think all of the patterns in the book are good! My favorites are the fitted tank top, the cherry-patterned "swing jacket" sweater, and the low-cut "wrap around" sweater, which is worthy of a good push-up bra (Lane Bryant sells some very nice full-figure push-up bras).
This is not a book for wet-behind-the-ears beginners. Right now, I'm still practicing getting my knitting scarves to come out straight, so I would not attempt to make anything in the book without supervision. My next step will be to take a knitting class and use one of these patterns for my project. It will be helpful to have the instructor's advice.
Oh -- one more plus! They use "real" plus-sized women as sweater models -- not size 10's masquerading as full-figured women.
As a basically P shaped person, I'm all heavy on top and nothing down below. I've really struggled to figure out how to alter patterns to make them work.
The book has a fantastically detailed tutorial on what to do that makes the purchase of this book worth what it costs and more. The way they walk you through each technique is what I definitely needed - detailed, technical and yet written in a way that its light in tone and interesting. You won't find any boring snippets in this book!
I wasn't so keen on the patterns in the book - many would look odd on my shape, but I think they are useful visuals to illustrate what is talked about in the technique sections. I was also impressed with the designers, everyone from Shannon Okey to the woman behind White Lies Designs.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking to knit who has fit issues with average clothing. Even if you're skinny, the techniques in this book stand to good use by anyone.
Pros - patterns for "curvy" figures that might be adaptable for a project.
Cons - not really pretty patterns; way too fitted; way to low cut for me. I must agree with another reviewer that none of the patterns were especially flattering to any of the models, in either style or color.
And, a personal peeve - did no one at these photo shoots have a hairbrush......? All that big, messy hair just overwhelmed the pretty girls featured. Bottom line - if you are over 40 and/or never go "clubbing", these designs aren't going to be very helpful.
My copy of this book is probably going to the library. Disappointing......
The authors have designed a simple, humorous and usable guide to determining body shapes and then go on to offer pretty and contemporary patterns that flatter and enhance ones best features. Their tips on what to avoid "Black" and "bulky wool", and what to choose for materials to work with i.e. "worsted weight", are a boon to learn about because they make sense and contribute to creating wearable and lovely knitted garments.
Looking forward to ordering the next edition in the Big Girl publications.
Many of the general knitting tips would be useful even when knitting for small size people.
The photos of the hand knit garments are beautiful, as are the plus size models.
"More Big Girl Knits" is almost as good, too.
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