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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (December 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592173179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592173174
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pamela S. Dorris on March 31, 2011
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This is less a pattern book, although the attractive patterns are wonderful for the full-figured body, and more of a how-to book for making alternations to any patterns that you like but that don't necessarily fit you. If you have irregularities in your body shape, and who doesn't, it shows you how you can knit a "medium" sweater back piece together with "large" sweater front pieces by matching up the armholes, or how to decrease from a large hip measurement to an average bust for the basic pear shape. It teaches the math involved in pattern-making, which also makes it possible to take a great pattern intended for Aran yarn and transpose it to fingering weight, based on the number of stitches per inch and rows per inch in your knitted swatch.

You'll need to know your body's dimensions, such as shoulder width, arm length, chest measurement, back length, etc. These numbers can then be plugged into mathmatical formulas cited in the book to determine where and how you'll need to make the needed adjustments to your garment, as well as how to calculate if you'll need more yarn than your initial pattern required and exactly how much more you'll need to buy.

Initially, those of us who are math-impaired might want to shy away from any of this, but as someone who owns other design-your-own books, the formulas contained in this book are a Godsend. I actually had a flash of comprehension for the basic theory behind knitted garment proportions.

I've lifted some of the formulas out of the book so I can xerox sheets for every project I do. This way I simply plug in the numbers and I'm all set to knit a sweater, shell, or jacket that fits well and looks sharp.
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I just received this book, have skimmed it. These are my thoughts: the designs and method appear to be exactly what I was looking for. My only thought would be that I'd prefer a binding that would allow me to make copies of pages that require measurements to be written so that I don't have to write my measurements in the book: I want to use this book to create patterns not only for myself, but for my daughter. There is no good way to enter more than one set of numbers in the blanks provided, so that if I were to need to change the numbers for myself or do a second or third set for someone else, its not practical. Loose-leaf would be idea, or even wire-bound. (Or a layout that provided space for more than one person's numbers. I hate to be using correction tape to change entries.

I love the designs, and can't wait to get started putting this method and the first design into use!
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This is only a small book, that's why I gave it 4 stars. However the patterns are all very stylish, especially the wrap jacket.I just want to add that there are eleven patterns.
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By pen on November 16, 2012
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This is absolutely LOADED with errors. Here is the link to download 22 replacement pages. I thought it was just my thick head, but it finally occurred to me that the book could be wrong and I could be the one who was thinking straight. Cut and paste: [...]
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I'll start off by saying that this book has amazing resizing information. I've made photocopies of the charts and used them 4 times now to resize patterns with success. It's a lot of math but if you're dedicated it works out beautifully. That is really what this book is for: learning how to take patterns that they don't make in your size (such as nearly anything in Vogue Knitting if you're plus size) and learning how to make them fit you. The 11 patterns included are alright but a little conservative in my opinion. If you're tired of knitting patterns not being made to your size it's a great book. If you're just looking for some plus size patterns I recommend Knitting Plus or Big Girl Knits over this one.
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I really found this book (which is more like a booklet actually) to contain rather dreary patterns and honestly, none of them (even though I viewed the patterns on Ravelry and read all the reviews here) remotely made me feel like picking up my needles and casting on. I was hoping some of these would be knit top down, or in the round with some innovative seamless construction method... and well....between the rather dowdy patterns and the overly complex methods for knitting pieces and seaming - well just not for me. The patterns just aren't that flattering (whether for a plus size person or otherwise). I actually ended up selling this book to Half Price Books in a recent purge.
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The book was a repurposed library book, so it was well kept in a plastic sleeve. It is an interesting "how to" book, that gives you a "worksheet" format. You are able to plug in your own measurements and personalize the patterns to fit your individual shape. It also gives suggestions depending upon how tight to loose you like the fit of your clothes.Modern styles.
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