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Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results Paperback – August 7, 2012
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Chapter 1 explains how a "fully fashioned" garment is knit, gives illustrated instructions of simple decreases and increases, explains directional slants, how to read knitting charts, and makes garment suggestions related to body types.
Chapter 2 includes color photos of multiple examples of increases and decreases.
Chapter 3 gives full instructions on how to add decorative stitches in the fully fashioned increase/decrease.
Chapter 4 details ways that cleverly placed increases and decreases can flatter the figure. Also included is a shell/camisole pattern with detailed instructions on adapting the pattern for bust size. General knitting, finishing, and sweater construction techniques are illustrated at the end of the chapter.
Pros: the information provided is solid and informative, especially for those knitters who are unfamiliar with how full-fashioned increases and decreases are worked and applied. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with gauge measurement. The patterns are well-written, clearly illustrated, and the charts are easy to read. The information on shaping and illusion for figure flattery is excellent.
Cons: The title, premise, and descriptions of the book are misleading.Read more ›
IF you appreciate helpful tips and well written instructions on basic knitting techniques all in one place - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you have a tendency to forget what you may have learned in class and want examples of the other techniques discussed in class - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you like two or more of the patterns in the book and want to knit them - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you want someone to hold your hand and tell you row by row how to design a sweater so you can say you did it yourself - - DON'T BUY THE BOOK!
If you want to be inspired by how different increases and decreases can enhance a shapeless pattern and make is something special - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you want a volume of Melissa's insights all in one place (or as I like to refer to it as My-Mini-Melissa) - - BUY THE BOOK!
If you like (or need) to "tweak" patterns to address fit or fashion issues and need some reminders of different ways it can be done - - BUY THE BOOK!Read more ›
The topics covered are the basics - decreases and increases; utilizing charts; the language of knitting; ways to make stockinette garments look extraordinary; designer details, and ways to flatter your figure.
There are several patterns I like. My favorites are Marie which is a pullover figure flatterer in a nice shade of periwinkle using worsted weight yarn. I also like Marilyn's Crossover Top. Some of the other patterns also call out to me.
What is special about this book, however, is not the patterns. Buy it for a resource. You will be taught so many things about how to fit your garments that you never knew before. Thank you Melissa for this book.
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Not just knitting patterns, but a class from one of the best knitting teachers alive. If you think you can knit, take it to the next level.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The written information may be very good, but my first impression of the knitted samples was that they were very poor. Read morePublished 16 months ago by knitgirl
Love this book and really learned a lot. I am working on a project from it now and it is going well.Published 17 months ago by Tamara Campion
Beautiful and nice variety of patterns. Great advice on style for body type. I'm eager to try quite a few of the patterns.Published 17 months ago by Antoinette Friedel
Learned new things about a good fit. Have already made 3 of the sweaters.Published 22 months ago by Doodles
love it! love it! love it! just what I was looking for, something to tell me more about what is an appropriate fit for me and how I can apply to my other designs (if I ever make... Read morePublished 23 months ago by emeraldstar