Little Red in the City Paperback – Apr 30 2011
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Part pattern collection, part resource book; tips for successful sweaters that perfectly fit your body. Seven inspiring designs modelled by Ysolda and Amanda Allen, showing the garment in two different sizes; 15-17 sizes are included in each pattern, ranging from a 28-60 finished bust.
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A bonus: you can get an e-file of the book and all it's parts once you buy the book. That allows you to have digitized copies of the size-worksheets as well as all the info easily at your fingertips.
As for the cardigan and sweater patterns themselves, they offer a wide range of challenge levels from the easier patterns play with like Cria (a garter yoke cardigan) and Melia (a thick and cozy cape) to the more challenging Chickadee cardi with a colorful birdy design wrapped around the collar. They are all lovely classic patterns to last you through multiple seasons with enough charm to want you to knit at least more than one from this book. All in all the photographs of each design are lovely on both the smaller and curvier models.
I will comment though that the book's advice to pattern tweaking and custom fitting only works for how "honest" you are with your figure and knitting skill. If you're a 40 bust then don't try and knit to a 36 for some of these patterns and most definitely test your gauge in case you need to adjust up or down a size to match your fit. This book is an excellent reference tool but only if you're very honest with your knitting style and measurements. Likewise, don't be afraid to play and work say only part of the same pattern in one size and the next part in another if you clearly have the chest and hips of a different size set. You'll be much happier with the results with this in mind.
One of my favorite features of the book is that if you purchase the print version it includes a code to download the digital.
Several reviewers have commented about sweaters not fitting the larger model. However I disagree, the sweaters fit as they were intended to. Much of the issues seems to come from whether sweaters are buttoned all the way up. Buttoning a cardigan all the way up can actually make a full-figure person look larger than they are. Not to mention you can't expect a garment to be worn the same way by different sized people, that is unrealistic.