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Knits that Fit: Instructions, Patterns, and Tips for Getting the Right Fit Paperback – April 26, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586667
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol S. VINE VOICE on May 19, 2011
I hesitated whether to give this book 3 stars or 2 stars, and opted for 3 because it is a lovely book. It contains approximately 23 patterns, all for women's sweaters, about evenly divided between pullovers, cardigans and short-sleeve/sleeveless tops. The patterns are very pretty, cherrypicked from talented designers like Berta Karapetyan (who wrote "Runway Knits"), Lily Chin and the late Melissa Mathay. The book begins with a technical section of about 17 pages, all devoted to issues of fit, including yarn selection, waist shaping, overall sweater silhouette and the importance of taking accurate, current measurements. The photographs are lovely, clear shots of the sweaters and include close-ups, in many cases, of design details. There are schematics, a fairly wide range of sizes for most designs (many of the sweaters are sized up to 2XL, with finished chest ranges of 50+ inches), clear type, and nice quality paper.

At the same time, there are a few caveats that the prospective purchaser should consider: (1) all of the patterns have been published before. The back of the book lists sources for most of them, including "Runway Knits," "Romantic Knits" and "Knits Three Ways." In addition, most of the technical material has been published before, including a portion on plus-size fitting that is taken from the "Big Girl Knits" series by Jillian Moreno and Amy Singer. There's nothing wrong with that but I think purchasers like to know this before buying a book so they can decide if they already own some or all of the patterns and text that is being recycled. (2) the section on fit has some omissions, including the important issue of sleeve styles (e.g., set-in vs. raglan vs. drop) and a detailed discussion of bust alterations. Both can have a great impact on how a sweater fits.
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I have been looking for a knitting book to improve the fit of my sweaters and when I read "Before you know it you will be able to tweak nearly any pattern to better fit your unique shape." I was thrilled. At last, just what I needed. Unfortunately, a better title for this book would be "Knits that Fit B Cups Only". How do you fit a sweater to someone's unique shape and ignore the fact that not everyone can wear a sweater without bust shaping?
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The first chapter-25 pages or so-goes into great detail about how to go about adjusting existing patterns to fit YOU. How to change the width of the shoulder, or add more (or less) shaping at the waist. How to change the length, how to make the sweater actually look more flattering. How to pick the right kind of yarn or drape for the best sweater for you. There is also a section of tips for bigger girls, with their specific fit issues.

The next hundred pages or so? They're patterns for different sweaters-pullovers, cardigans, and short-sleeved tops and they are all nice patterns. Some are more traditional. Some are trendy. Some are classic. Some are unique. Some are comfy. NICE patterns, with a nice variety of "type." This isn't surprising considering that they come from a variety of designers like Sally Melville, Lily Chin, Annie Modesitt, and Berta Karapetyan-each of whom is enormously talented and widely published as a designer. It's not a surprise that their patterns for this book are all sweaters you'd be proud to wear. But ... about that "widely-published" thing they mention on the back.

All of the patterns have been published before. It's essentially a Greatest Hits collection with highlights from some of the earlier books which you might already have. Which books? Big Girl Knits, More Big Girl Knits, Knits Three Ways, Mother-Daughter Knits, Romantic Hand Knits, and Runway Knits. If you already own all of them, you'll have to decide if one really useful chapter on how to customize your sweaters is worth duplicating the patterns.

Considering the book is geared towards customizing, I expected to see sidebars or notes with each pattern, suggesting places it would be easiest to make adjustments, but there are none.
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From the contents page and the online pages available it seems every sweater in here has been published before :(. I really wanted to get it, but am put off. I love all the designs in it by Berta Karapetyan - they are all on my list of want to makes from Runway Knits. I've actually made the corded sweater and it's gorgeous and very flattering. Sally and Caddy Melville's tops are all repeats too. Annie Modesitt's gorgeous Notorious and Ninotchka tops from her book.... then there's a Melissa Matthay design from her book Knits three ways.
There are a couple of Lily Chins besides these, can't see the pics, and a lovely cardi by Mary WEaver plus a top by her I can't see. But I can't buy a book for one cardi and two possibles. Pity, looked like this had good tips. What a let down!

I would say this is VERY worth it if you don't have Runway Knits, or the book by the Melville mother and daughter team - can't remember the name - as their patterns are cute too and very wearable. The cover is by the daughter. The mother's are more conservative. If you don't have these books, then this is a good buy. If you do - well, figure it out.

I am going to give it three stars on the basis of the tips I could see. Definitely not 5, altho the designs are nice - because they are definitely 90% (if not more) NOT originals.
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