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About the Author

Jean Frost teaches knitting and is the author of Jean Frost Jackets. She lives in San Diego, California. Rick Mondragon is a knitting designer, a teacher of specialized knitting techniques, and the editor of Knitter's Magazine. Elaine Rowley is the former editor of Knitter's Magazine and an editor for XRX Books. Alexis Xenakis is the publisher of Knitter's Magazine and XRX Books. His photography is featured in all XRX books. They all live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Xrx Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193306420X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933064208
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynne E. TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 14, 2011
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This book starts with detailed, step-by-step instructions for making a paper pattern for a custom-fit jacket that is based on your personal measurements. Using the paper pattern, you then make a jacket from sweatshirt fabric, to test the custom fit. When you're satisfied with the paper master pattern, you use that pattern (along with a gauge swatch for the yarn you plan to use) to convert inches on this book's schematic patterns to stitches and rows for actual knitting of your custom-fit jacket.

If you're already a fairly standard body size, you will be interested in the book's instructions for comparing your personal measurements to the standard measurements for jacket fronts, backs, and sleeves. If the measurements are close, you can use the standard measurements for your paper pattern, or you can download a full-scale gridded pattern from the publisher's web site. The standard sizes can also be customized for full-figure fronts. In addition, the book discusses jacket details, such as cuffs, borders, and edges, and has instructions for adding fabric jacket linings.

The book has Jean Frost designer patterns for 14 jackets based on your master pattern: 3-color tweed, Coco (a Chanel jacket), String of Pearls (textured stitch pattern), Le Smoking (inspired by famous Yves Saint Laurent jacket), Basketweave, Boyfriend Jacket (narrow V collar), Gabrielle (slip-stitch pattern), Leaf Jacket (leaf bordered front closing), Peacock Tails (ripple pattern), Swing Lace, Houndstooth, Woven Jacket (trompe l'oeil "woven" fabric done with slipstitches), Amber (double-breasted front closing), and Military Dress (lots of buttons!).
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I absolutely* love* this book!
As a long time knitter of sweaters, in the round, top down, fair isle, cabled (etc) I realize that I neeeded *no more sweaters* in my wardrobe ~ I handwashed my sweaters recently for fall/winter,,, and it took days for me to do this!

I was in a knitting funk, I didn't know what to knit and had become bored.
I took up a few projects for my husband using some wonderful stitch patterns and lovely yarns but I just felt like I was in a slump ~ and I had no desire to knit after years of learning many different techniques~
This book came at a time when I neeed to get my knitting mojo back ,,,,,and I cannot even begin to tell you how this book has encouraged me to knit some of the very lovely jackets that are in this book~

I love how Jean Frost has helped take the fear of good fit out of knitting a lovely hand made jacket,,,, and demonstrates how easy it is to make up mock up jacket( no real sewing skills necessary other that very very basic)

You fit your jacket BEFORE you start putting needles to yarn, so you get a guaranteed fit!
NOW my interest is piqued now,,,,I do not knit unless I am sure of fit anymore . I learned the hard way,,, years ago ,as I am sure most knitters have.,

Next ,you work up your swatch ,so you are certain you are *in love* with the fabric that you make ,and are willing to commit time and money to it.

I like that some of her ideas include the use of 2 or more(??) yarns to make a lush fabric b/c even tho I am a seamstress, I know I am limited w/fabrics for sewing jackets,no matter where I go or order from on line~ I rarely have access to designer fabrics,, but I do search them out.
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Jean Frost is a well-known jacket designer and her first book Jean Frost Jackets: Fabric, Fit, and Finish for Today's Knits "is a source of fabric stitches, finishing details and 21 classic designer-inspired styles". Her newest book Custom Knit Jackets: Casual to Couture, published by Knitter's Press, is a welcome addition to my knitting library. It consists of a section of '7 Essential Steps to a Custom Knit Jacket', 'The Basic Jacket in 10 Sizes and 4 gauges', 'The Jackets', 'Details and Lining', and 'Resources'.

The first section provides all the information that the knitter needs in order to custom design a jacket that fits to a tee. There are graphs, measurements, and methods included. The second section shows the knitter how to design a basic jacket with a round or v-neck in four gauges and ten standard sizes and how to assemble the final product.

Then comes the section on patterns themselves. There is something here for everyone. My favorites are Coco, a 'classic Chanel'. It has pockets, split cuffs, buttons, and interesting fabric. It is knit with medium weight yarn on a size 7 U.S. needle. Sizing is for 36" to 55 1/2". In other words, the tiniest and the larger person ca be fit into this jacket.

I love the 'String of Pearls' Jacket knit in two colors. The one shown is in charcoal and red, knit with a U.S. 6 needle. It has one snap in the middle and looks classic.

'Le Smoking' jacket is beautiful, knit in a plum wine color.
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