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Fitted Knits: 25 Designs for the Fashionable Knitter Paperback – February 6, 2007
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About the Author
Stefanie Japel's designs have been featured on popular knitting sites, such as Magknits.com and Knitty.com, and in books including Stitch 'n Bitch Nation (Workman, 2004), Knit Wit (Harper Collins, 2004), Not Another Teen Knittin
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The thing that I love about this book is that she separates the body in the sweaters in three parts. Bust, Waist, and Hip... this way you can add or subtract as necessary to get the proper fit. She explains this in detail, and with a bit of thinking and a pencil and paper (and calculator) you can easily figure out how to alter the designs.
She uses a variety of common gauges so you can substitute yarn with something more affordable. Seriously if you need 6 to 12 balls of yarn and it costs over $10 per ball that's an expensive sweater! (at least for me... starving student and all...) Anyway, I plan to make several designs from this book because I love the way they look and that they are fitted.
UPDATE: I made one of the sweaters in the book, it was very easy and it looks beautiful! Like I said before, the yarn guages in this book are very common so you don't have to use pricey yarns to make a sweater. I used Woolease yarn as a replacement, which brought the cost of the sweater down to about 20 dollars. I loved the way the pattern allowed me to customize the garment for my figure, and how easy it was to make.
Overall, if you like stylish knits that flatter the figure... you will adore this book!
The only major draw back (the minus one star for this book) is some of the out dated patterns. Some of them are so 80's I can't imagine anyone making them. This I find sad ... since I know that Stefanie is one of the hippest designers out there. I've read that her second book will be out next year. I just hope that it contains more of what I love from her (like the slightly showy wide necked sweater ... which I must start soon).
Regardless I really like the book and have purchased her other book, Glamknits.