- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Xrx Books (January 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893762157
- ISBN-13: 978-1893762152
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jean Frost Jackets: Fabric, Fit, and Finish for Today's Knits Paperback – January 1, 2003
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Years of working in the garment industry have sharpened Jean Frost's skills in career-knit design. Jean has been teaching and designing, with an emphasis on hand-knit jackets, for over 12 years.
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I tested the simple slip stitch patterns and raided my stash for likely yarn combos. FYI a three color pattern jacket is great for using smaller amounts of yarns together. If you do a swatch exploration you'll find it very helpful to see how colors work together (in the back of the book there are alternate swatches she made for each of the stitch patterns but again I found her choices somewhat uninspired). Swatching is critical to finding knitting nirvana for yourself. The jacket patterns are straightforward without trickiness or fussiness. And are easily altered to suit yourself. Her second book gives minute instructions on doing this for fit. I also found I could use a shape or detail from one pattern in the other pattern I knit so that was nice, having fairly interchangeable design elements and compatible gauges. You can follow her patterns literally or alter them to add sleeve vents, add/lower/raise pockets, add collar etc. if you are comfortable mixing and matching elements that way. End result was terrific. She offers lots of good advice on finishing, too. Do try the crochet seam. It adds body to the garment. Very good tip.
So fun and rewarding, I want to make another, longer jacket with 4 pockets and shaping. So I got the second book.
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!
Regarding the content:- The patterns can be updated by us knitter's with a little experience and imagination. I did read about some errors which I can't comment as I still to knit the patterns in this book.