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More Big Girl Knits: 25 Designs Full of Color and Texture for Curvy Women Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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*Starred Review* This is a knitting book for the plus-size females that minces no words, delivered with a large dollop of humor and no small technical and artistic wizardry. Without always referring to book number one (Big Girl Knits, 2006), Moreno and Singer reprise their design wisdom for larger women—think skim and go to waist— then add new wrinkles, er, ideas. Their real secret? Take the time to measure the three Bs (boobs, bellies, and butts) carefully and then calculate, in advance, changes in the pattern. Their advice, before the advent of the 25 new patterns, is captured in lots of sidebars, charts to use, and icons to follow (and giggle at). Thanks to the fingers of 20 talented designers, the knitwear is attractive enough for even size 8’s to drool over: a greener-than-green cabled peapod Aran jacket, socks in a variety of lengths, the latest techniques in handbags, and other lacelike, ultrafeminine (and flattering) tops. Who knew that fabby was the word for big, beautiful girls? --Barbara Jacobs

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“This is a knitting book for the plus-size females that mince no words, delivered with a large dollop of humor and no small technical and artistic wizardry…Who knew that ‘fabby’ was the word for big, beautiful girls?”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307353745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307353740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D.Vance TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2008
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I bought the first book just for the wonderful measuring info, I didn't like the patterns in it at all. Not so with this one. LOTS of sizing and measuring info that does not feel like repeats from the first book. A WONDERFUl way to design your own sweater that will FIT! It rocks!Beautiful, beautiful patterns. Sweaters, socks, shawls, even purses! This book is one every curvy knitter should own, hands down. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
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This is it, what I have been looking and waiting for.

This is the Best Ever Book on knitting for the Big Girls.

There are some wonderful patterns in this book that I am actually going to use without modifying them, I like them so much Just The Way They Are. The women in the photos look great in their big girls knits, the text is highly readable (not boring) and full of advice just for us. There is a full page Yarn Yardage Chart based on type of garment, gauge, and bust measurement that I am going to xerox and put in my purse! (It will be with me for next year's Stitches West.)

To the authors, you've done a great job. This book is better than your last. I am looking forward eagerly to you next!
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The first Big Girl Knits book revolutionized the way we think about knitting for women of all sizes by emphasizing knitting items that fit and flatter YOU. Not some made-up measurements for size X, but your actual size. Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer are back with an all-new collection of beautiful garments for ample knitters that focus on choosing yarns, colorwork, stitch patterns and more that look great in patterns that are fun to knit. It's a challenge picking just one project to get started on, as they're all beautiful and use gorgeous yarns you won't be able to resist.

Check out the Knitgrrl Show podcast on iTunes for an interview with Moreno about this book and other plus-sized knitting topics -- she's a wealth of information on a much-needed topic in knitting books! More Big Girl Knits and Big Girl Knits should be a part of every knitter's library for the fun, conversational tone of their introductions alone. I love these books, and frequently recommend them to shoppers in the knitting store next door who are looking for great patterns in their size.
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I love the concept of this book--knits designed for us Big Girls. There are several patterns in the book that I would like to knit. I started the V-neck Summer Chevron pattern, but tore it out because the instructions were not clear--'knit to 2nd marker' for the side section made no sense and the shaping did not seem to be happening the way it should. I have been knitting and following patterns for more than 40 years and am not a novice. However, everyone understands written patterns differently. If patterns don't make sense, I follow them literaly and it usually works out. Not so in this case.

I am currently knitting the Susie Hoodie loosely based on the pattern. It is a beatiful sweater, but I cannot follow the pattern because I am not investing time and money to knit a sweater that has no closure as a decorative sweater. I want something that I can wear to keep warm, not a fasion accesory. I'm keeping the beautiful cable, knitting it in the round with a steek, and adding a zipper to make it a real sweater. The pattern has issues and I am uncomfortable blindly following it and hoping for the best. I'd rather take my chances with my own design.

Here are some of the issues with this pattern:

1. Row #1 is the wrong side, row #2 is the right side. What? Why? This is confusing for no reason. Odd is ALWAYS right side in stockinette stitch. Always.

2. The cable abbrevations on the chart are wrong and do not match the instructions. It took awhile to sort it out. Sloppy editing?

3. I do not understand the waist shapping--it looks like it starts about 4" from the bottom of a sweater that is longer than my butt. Forget the waist shaping--I already have a waist and don't like waist shaping.

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Hot damn, I love these patterns! I've still got a huge stash of yarn set aside for the first book and I'm going to add to the pile to do as many of the patterns as possible from this one! Even when I wasn't heavy, I was a "big girl", with a lot of curves. These patterns are flattering and are a lot of fun to knit. The directions on different shaping methods and the body types the patterns are designed for are very well written with a great sense of humor. Don't stop now! I'll buy the next book too!
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Both of the "Big Girl Knits" books are nicely photographed. But both of them are based around a cluster of bad ideas:

1. Moreno and Singer like wrap sweaters. Therefore, EVERYONE should like and want wrap sweaters.

2. The cure for overheating is to wrap yourself in plastic. (Call it "microfiber" if you like. It's plastic.)

3. Everyone is the same height, and everyone has a waist. Therefore, every top or jacket should include "waist shaping", and begin it at the same point - even if on a tall woman, that point coincides with her bra line. That irritating "Well, the pattern doesn't come in your size, but I'm sure you can do the math and redesign it" line that Moreno and Singer like to complain about? Apparently women who are the wrong size *vertically* don't mind it.

4. The second most flattering garment for a larger woman is a top that just *grazes* your waistband when you stand with arms at your sides, but shows a four-inch gap at the hem every time you raise your arms to shoulder height. Try it: stand in front of a mirror and raise your arms to shoulder height. If there's four inches of midriff showing between the hem and your waistband, your garment is the right length. To double check, lift your arms over your head, as if you're getting something from a high shelf. Can passers-by see your bra? Good.

5. The *most* flattering garment, especially for a woman with a large abdomen, is a top that's snug from shoulder to bust, or gathered just below the bust, and falls loosely from there. Yes, it looks good on Bill Milne's models, but they are clearly wearing waist cinchers. Real large-size women have a name for this look: we call it "maternity wear".

There's a heavy dose of irony here: Moreno and Singer, in their apparent eagerness to counter the narrowness and inflexibility of the pattern books they've seen, have produced a book as narrow and inflexible as any by a conventional designer.
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