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Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter Paperback – September 4, 2012
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About the Author
MARY BETH TEMPLE is a nationally known crochet designer whose work appears in "Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, "and "Crochet World." She creates and publishes a popular pattern line, Hooked for Life, and her many books include DIY Afghans and The Perfect Pillow. Mary Beth has hosted the interactive podcast, "Getting Loopy," which won the Flamie Award three times in a row (2009, 2010, 2011) for Best Crochet Podcast, and was among the top 200 shows on the Blog Talk Radio network for 2009. Temple lives in New Jersey.
Top Customer Reviews
The patterns in this book are American crochet terminology with international crochet notation as illustrations for the stitch patterns.
It starts with detailed information about changing the size of the patterns, and adapting them to different yarn types. It explains how to shorten, lengthen and change the fitting of patterns, as well as swatching then testing the swatches for the method you plan to use for laundering or checking how stretching will affect the fabric. Handy if you're like me and generally prefer cotton yarns.
Then you get to the patterns, which are all shown on lovely women of different shapes and sizes. This book is heavy on the sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, shells and vests. There are also some outwear and accessory patterns and one gorgeous skirt.
The patterns start with suggested yarn types, but also include the Craft Yarn Council of America's sizing for that yarn and the gauge is listed so you can try it with a different yarn easily. They are all written in good detail and easy to follow. I'm better with charts than written instructions so I'll refer to the charts for the stitch pattern and use the instructions to know where to increase and get the right measurements and shapes.
The variety of patterns is good. My favorite long sleeves sweater in the book is the pullover on the cover.Read more ›
Lots of great photographs are included as well as charts. Although this book is for plus size girls you can take the garment construction notes and make any of the patterns to fit you.
You'll find patterns for scarves, jackets, sweaters, vests, and even a messenger bag. Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter
Author: Mary Beth Temple
Publisher: Taunton Press
Genre: Hobbies and Crafts
I have crocheted for over 40 years and in that time I still had a hard time with adult clothing items. Just as the standing joke about one size fits all is I want to meet this all so it is hard to take any crochet or knit pattern at face value. Curvy Girl Crochet helps you by giving you instructions on how to adjust the length of sleeves and waist. They give you techniques on how to give the garment a better fit around the bust, the waist and the hips. These are all beautiful patterns and if you are looking for a gift to give a loved one. Any of these would do for someone will a full figure. These ideas would be perfect. Curvy Girl Crochet provides the patterns, you provide the love.
The Comely Cardigan and the Counterpoint Pullover are the two items I thought I would try to test the patterns. I wil tell you that my one niece may or may not get The Comely Cardigan for Christmas. It was so easy to do and adjust I may have to make more for birthdays next year. I could also make myself one in each of my favorite colors so that I will have a something warm to wear no matter what color or pattern I am wearing. As for the Counterpoint Pullover I used the instructions for a better fit at the waist and hips. Then I thought it would make a lovely dress and decided to flair it a little and lengthen it to the knee. I paired it with a belt and shawl and it really looks quite lovely. The complements I received on it made my head swell. Some did not believe I had made it myself at all and no one could believe I had made it in under two weeks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a curvy girl and i really had no skill to design pattern
. Have gone through book and see at least 6 projects for myself. Read more
I REALLY liked this crochet book with the patterns in it. I made a sweater from the book and really like it and enjoy the sweater.. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jan
Beautiful and stylish patterns for multiple skill levels. Easy to follow. Lots of different clothing and accessories to make. I am very happy with this book!Published 12 months ago by Suzanne P.
I'm a "full figured" woman and the patterns in this book make very nice clothing. They are also easy to read and follow. I'm making a whole new wardrobe for myself! Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by K. Oneill
I like the fact that the models are "curvy girls". I do not have to imagine how it will look on my "curvy" body. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Velma B. Lindner