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Twinkle's Big City Knits: 31 Chunky-Chic Designs Hardcover – February 13, 2007
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About the Author
Wenlan Chia launched Twinkle in the fall of 2000 with a collection of colorful and exuberant hand-knit sweaters and accessories. Making its runway debut in 2002, Twinkle received high praise from both the New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily. Since then, Wenlan has shown on the runway each season at Seventh on Sixth fashion week in Bryant Park. Wenlan has received well-deserved recognition from the fashion industry, winning major awards and nominations, including the Onward Kashiyama New Design Prize in Tokyo, the Competition of Young Fashion Designers in Paris, and the Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York, among others. Most recently, she was selected as one of “Spring’s Leading Ladies”— a group of five notable designers— by Vogue magazine.
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I finally saw the book this weekend and it is gorgeous, Potter Craft has really upped the styling of knitting books and working with a well known New York Designer no doubt helps. The first half of the book consists of model shots of each of the patterns printed on glossy paper. Color and energy ooze out of these pages. Towards the end of this section you get to find out what Chia's ideas of what a size large are....a 37" at most. OK no big deal, except she doesn't provide an extra large.
The second half of the book is the pattern section that switches over to a matte paper and flat sweater pictures. This is where it gets really confusing and infuriating. Some of the patterns are one size only (and no I'm not just talking about hats or scarves) while some go as big as a 35" and worse for some the large is a 27"! 10" of negative ease in a bulky knit?!
I know enough about knitting to resize patterns, but why should I spend 30 dollars for that honor when Chia, her pattern writer, or her technical editor were being paid to do that? My theory is that Chia didn't write the knitting patterns (she's more of a free form knitter, which brings a sense of fun to her work) and someone else (the other author whose name I can't remember)had to look through her runway samples to 'decode' the knitting. When it was too hard to resize they just went with one.
I'm giving it 3 stars because the designs are gorgeous, unfortunately they aren't going to be wearable (imagine carrying over 1.5 kilos of yarn)or knitable for most people. Maybe a revised edition will be printed with sizes for a wider audience rather than just models.
Shouldn't a "fat girl" (i.e. anyone with a chest size over 32", apparently) have just as much right to enjoy fat yarns as anyone else if she so chooses? And that brings me to the question, exactly what demographic was the pattern-writer of this book attempting to target? Certainly not mine. Boo. Two thumbs way down.