Knitting Plus: Mastering Fit + Plus-Size Style + 15 Projects Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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"Every plus-size woman has probably looked at an array of knitting books and wished the patterns could be converted for someone of her size. Well, the patterns in this book are so attractive that the plus-size ladies' skinnier sisters might wish for the same thing. With clear instructions and crisp color photographs showing the sweaters from different angles, this volume will fill a need on many knitting shelves." - Booklist
"It's refreshing to find a book which not only addresses plus-sized designs (there are others, but not many), but which also deals with the extra information you need to consider to fit a plus-sized sweater." - Knitting Scholar
"Now we're talking, Interweave. Bring on the designs for the big girls!" – Knitting at Large blog
"It's fantastic" - I Knit London
"This book features excellent writing, solid information, and great-looking projects." - Knit n' Style
"This fantastic offering belongs on your bookshelf right next to the Big Girl Knits books and the Curvy Knits ones, too." - Knitting at Large blog
"I'll start by talking about the patterns in this book, since that's what so many plus sized knitters are looking for. They are good, wearable, and just enough of traditional basics to appeal to a wide variety of knitters and shapes of plus sizes - you will absolutely find something you will wear and look good in." - Knitty.com
"This is the collection that style-conscious plus-size knitters have been waiting for--beautiful patterns plus essential information on fit." - Library Journal
About the Author
Lisa Shroyer is the editor of 'Knitscene' magazine. She has also worked as the patterns editor for 'Interweave Knits' and 'Knitscene' magazines since 2005, where she has witnessed thousands of knitting patterns and all possible permutations of sweater construction. A life-long knitter, she has combined her expertise and her eye for design with a passion for knitting for plus sizes in 'Knitting Plus', her first book. She lives in North Carolina.
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The book is divided into chapters based on specific sweater shapes-raglan, drop-shoulder, and so on. In each chapter you will not only find sweaters that fit the theme, but tips on WHY and HOW they fit the wearer.
Further, each design comes with tips you need to know if you want to make changes. For example, "The front neck shaping is tied to the position of the underarms, so you need to consider neck depth when changing the beginning of the armholes." "This cardigan is worked without body shaping but because the side sections are worked in a fairly simple rib pattern, you could easily incorporate body shaping into the pattern."
It's refreshing to find a book which not only addresses plus-sized designs (there are others, but not many), but which also deals with the extra information you need to consider to fit a plus-sized sweater. I wouldn't go so far as to call this a "design" book, but there is some very useful design information in that first chapter.
Additionally, while this book is full of all sorts of sizing information that's tremendously informative, it falls short of being tremendously useful. The content itself is constructively organized for the most part, but there is definitely information missing. Why is there no fill-in-the blank schematic page for measurements?
Also, the use of color in the patterns is very poor/non-existent. Take p.50 in the Waltham Cabled Cardigan. Why weren't the cable patterns color-coded along with the stitch instructions? The book is 4C throughout. Even if the book was spot colored in sections, p.50 has an ill-placed image, so the page is clearly 4C at the very least!
This book is the classic case of production failing to properly display and package the content. The editors should know better! What should have been a great book is a mediocre presentation at best. You'll find yourself having to photocopy the pages, reassemble the instructions and color code and highlight to follow patterns. Nuts! The patterns are quite good, but the layout should be reworked to make it more usable for the actual knitter. Shame on you Interweave production!