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Romantic Hand Knits: 26 Flirtatious Designs That Flatter Your Figure Hardcover – August 7, 2007
"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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As the title says, the designs are really figure flattering and so very feminine. The garments are beautifully photographed, highlighting the incredible detailing Annie Modesitt is known for.
I love the focus on romance. It's something most of us don't think about much, but can all use some of in our lives. As Annie says, it's not just in terms of falling in love with someone, it's about falling in love with life.
You'll never want to hide yourself in a boxy sweater again, when you see patterns like "Adam's Rib", a lovely tailored jacket or "Charade", a light and airy lacy wrap top.
"Romantic Hand Knits" is divided into the sections, "Above the Waist" (tanks,jackets, cardigans, corsets and pullovers), "Below the Waist" (featuring skirts and dresses) and "Accessories" (hats, scarves and more). There's also a "Resources" section to help with the details needed to make all of the garments.
This book is inspiring and I look forward to making some wonderful things for myself and gifts for friends and family.
To be fair there are some genuinely lovely pieces. My favorite is the top called "Casablanca" (all the designs are named for movies that the designer likes). And there are some very sexy long gloves and some utterly gorgeous stockings. I even liked the hats. But, for the most part about the only thing "romantic" in some of these designs is that they are snug in order to show off the figure underneath them --- which may be fine but says little for the designs themselves.
Some of the garments might actually be interesting to do in different colors --- the choice of colors and color combinations seem glaring and would be better suited to a book on "Knitting for Clowns". And some of the designs are just downright uninspired. An excellent example are the two scarves both of which are extremely plain and rely on the use of funky colorful yarns to make them interesting --- though far from romantic. I had hoped that a designer of Annie Modesitt's skill would have done more with interesting stitches and textures than just simple knits made with funky yarns.
The best advice would be to borrow this book from a friend or a library before you buy it. If you like unusual color combinations, are a beginning knitter, or define "romantic" dressing as being brightly colored, tight-fitting and funky you may well like the book. I'll probably make the gloves and maybe the Casablanca sweater but, considering the beautiful things Annie Modesitt features on her web site, I'm disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gorgeous patterns that I'm excited to try! I was disappointed to discover that some of the yarns have been discontinued, but that's easily surmountable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angel
The skirt that is on the front cover is about the only noteworthy pattern. I like Annie Modesitt's designs,but not these. A few more complicated items would have been nice. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Hannah Brown
I made the skirt on the cover and I get so many compliments each time I wear it. It flatters wonderfully. It is well written and has easy to understand instructions.Published on December 3, 2013 by Emily Smith
The photos of the projects are so very romantic. They compliment the designs so well. The project directions are well written and easily followed. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by M. Auker
A preview of this review: If you're looking for a coffee table book, get this. If you like to knit, avoid it like the plague. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by kim
Like new. Pretty patterns. I will try to start with easy patterns first but some of the more advanced ones are more appealing to my taste. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by CYL