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Knit to Flatter: The Only Instructions You'll Ever Need to Knit Sweaters that make You Look Good and Feel Great! Paperback – Illustrated, April 2, 2013
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- Item Weight : 1.43 pounds
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1617690171
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.75 x 10 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1617690174
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What would make this book really shine, though, would be close-ups of the actual knitted techniques, actually showing where the decreases, increases, and short rows are worked. The book includes line drawings of the theory, and the garment patterns do not offer a close up of the techniques used for shaping.
Ths is a worthwhile book for intermediate and advanced knitters. Beginning knitters will also be able to use the presented patterns and techniques to advance their skills.
READER BEWARE: there are numerous errors in the book. You need to go to the publisher's website, stccraft.com, and download the corrections by pattern name.
With that great black cloud hanging over every sweater project attempted, I finally gave up and focused solely on knitting intricate lace patterns in shawls and scarfs. They always looked exactly as I envisioned them and were fairly rewarding. But when every yarn catalog and email arrived advertising beautiful fibers that would make stunning sweaters, I knew I was just fooling myself.
Early this year I lost my mind and tried to knit a sweater using some gorgeous Malabrigo kettle-dyed yarn I had in my stash, and just like the rest of them, it fit like a sweatshirt and was just as flattering. But this time instead of being sad and resigned, I was mad and ready to take action to figure out what I was doing wrong. After researching several books, I landed on Knit to Flatter. This book gave me the information I needed to understand why my sweaters never fit, and most importantly, what simple things I could do to fix them. Amy Herzog has a reassuring, yet matter-of-fact writing style, and several easy-to-follow patterns. Her book includes lots of pictures of everyday women with different body types who would never be considered as models for Vogue Knitting, but they all look beautiful in the sweaters they model in this book. Because of this book I can now say with pride when asked, "Where did I buy this sweater? Oh I didn't buy it. I made it myself."
I have never been able to knit a "fitted" project (i.e. sweater, skirt) with it actually fitting right. They always turn out too big. This book helped me realize how to fix that (pick a size off of my high bust measurement and subtracting negative ease for snugness not bagginess). Finished garment measurements are NOT a direct size chart :) I hope it will help me finish my next sweater so it will actually fit (fingers crossed)!!! The book also helped me realize my body type (bottom heavy) and taught me that I like busy/blousy/flowy tops for a reason: they even out the booty lol. No wonder I will never knit a tight long sleeved sweater... makes the thighs look bigger!
That being said, the patterns included were totally not my style. They are very traditional and kind of dorky. It was cool seeing some of the sweaters on different body sizes, but I wouldn't want to make or wear any of them. I only liked the grey sleeveless vest since it was the most modern. But I will take the advice and find my own pattern to test it out on. I love knit.wear magazine for its more modern shapes.
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In the book you get all this how-to as well, and a great selection of modern patterns to suit all body types. I am knitting one at the moment, and the instructions are nice and clear. I have another one from this book lined up for the next project too.
Best of all, Amy shows you how to modify patterns before you knit them so that the garment will sit right on you.
If you have jumpers in your wardrobe you've made but don't wear, I've done some surgery on a couple of older jumpers I didn't really like, following Amy's shape guidance and now I do love them (see Carol Feller's Sweater Surgery on Craftsy for help in altering completed garments).
Have to say that the designs in the book are not the most inspirational that you might desire, but they are designed to be easily modified and, as such, are a good starting point for a book about fit. Then the fun starts as you move on to use these concepts on other projects.
That said, if it improves the fit, excellent!
The information about styles for different body shapes is very informative.
The quality of the book and the pictures is very good.