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Custom Knit Jackets: Casual to Couture Paperback – September 1, 2011
"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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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!).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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2nd time I bought this book, lost the first time. Many patterns that I want to knit.Published 5 months ago by Doris dezordo
The instructions for each item are sometimes difficult to understand.Published 9 months ago by Dola Farag
Whis book is a great lesson in writing your own pattern for a knitted jacket. I have followed the directions and have begun to knit my jacket. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wayne
I loved this book so much, I even bought one for my mother who is an experienced knitter. It is worth the price for the advice on how to line a sweater alone. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by marion
Very clear description of each step in sequence of creating a well fitting jacket. The section on making a master pattern is extremely useful.Published on February 15, 2014 by rosetta pervan
This is a wonderful book . Jean frost is the best knitter known for her patterns they are very stylishPublished on January 7, 2014 by Janice L Daus
I like the master patterns given in different gauges and sizes and the ability to mix and match different elements to creat a personal custom jacket.Published on August 30, 2013 by Linda Miller
I am so glad this is Kindle available. I'm beginning to appreciate and use knitting books in this format and couldn't be more pleased. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Rita A
This is one of the best investments for advanced knitters who want to design their own knitwear. Jan Frost takes you step by step through measuring your own body shape and... Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by Duino