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Jean Frost Jackets: Fabric, Fit, and Finish for Today's Knits Paperback – January 1, 2003
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This book provides 21 patterns of office suitable cardigans and Channel style jackets, all of which would look as polished as a blazer or a suit jacket. The looks are sharp but traditional enough not to go out of style quickly. Each pattern runs 4 to 6 pages with several photo angles and detailed instructions. The end of the book features a section on finishing tips which is most appropriate given the tailored tone of most of the sweaters.
For those of you who can thumb through the book before ordering, here are some details that may be helpful:
1. Colorwise, there are 14 solid color jackets and 7 multicolor slip stitch patterns. The multi-colors are mostly tweedy looks. Most of the solid color sweaters are knit is stitches other that stockingnette - twills, nubby textures and such. There is only one lace project.
2. The writer/editors rate one sweater as easy; two as "easy plus"; fifteen as intermediate; and three as advanced.
3. The yarn weights are on the light side - one in sport weight; nine in DK weight; nine in worsted weight and two in bulky. Also, this book employees Knitter's Magazine's new generic yarn requirements system (with only small print notations of the specific yarn used in the model jacket).
4. The needles involved are also on the small side - four sweaters on US size 3; four on US size 4; two on US size 5; four on US size 6; six on US size 7; and one on US size 10.Read more ›
Basically, I was looking for a book that would allow me to recreate St. John's knits for the office. Putting a simple pull-up skirt with these jackets does it, I think. And I can get the colors I really want, and the price will be 1/10 the price of St. John!
The knitted fabrics that Jean creates in her designs are stunning. More importantly, the avid knitter will want to use her own creativity with texture and color to bring to these designs to make her own one-of-a-kind jacket.
These designs are not for anyone looking for a quick project on large needles. However, the stitches used lend themselves to the mesmerizing rhythm that soothes so many of us as we knit. And the time is well worth the effort.
My only problem is deciding which one to make first!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was in neat and intact condition.
Regarding the content:- The patterns can be updated by us knitter's with a little experience and imagination. Read more
Wonderful Knitting pattern book! This is a classic that I use again and again.Published on August 21, 2014 by PaulaD
This book gives me pointers of how to make the jackets I am working on. This will be recommended to my friendsPublished on January 7, 2014 by Janice L Daus
The book was just what I wanted. It was recommend by a shop owner as having a Chanel jacket pattern in it. It does and the pattern was just what I needed. Thanks. JAPublished on September 9, 2012 by Janice Avedissian
I first came across Jean Frost's book years ago and didn't buy it because I felt the knit jackets shown were frumpy to almost ugly (esp. bland/unfortunate color choices). Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Dangerous when Cooking
Jean Frost has designed and knit these lovely Chanel-like jackets that you can knit too. She has impeccable taste and the jackets are truly haute couture. Great book! Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by A. Chan
I found several patterns in this that I like and that's why I bought it, but for the most part I won't make half the jackets in here. It is, however, well written.Published on March 21, 2011 by Sue