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Little Red in the City Paperback – Apr 30 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ysolda Teague (April 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956525822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956525826
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book! June 23 2011
By Lothlorien Knitter - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful book - I've been waiting for this for a long time, and its even better than what I was hoping for! It's full of wonderful charts which are easy to follow, good measure-taking instructions, and wonderful photographs! As a larger person, myself, I so appreciate her labors to include larger-sized patterns and photographing the finished products on a sweet, larger-sized model. The sweaters themselves are so beautiful, and the overall artwork, photos and charts are a treat for the eyes!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
LOVE it! July 28 2011
By Mary G - Published on Amazon.com
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I just rec'd this book this week and I'm lovin' it. The book is beautifully put together, with great illustrations, packed with excellent REAL advice and filled with tips and techniques for getting the right fit. The patterns in the 2nd half of the book are shown on the smaller author and on larger models, too so you can see what adjustments are made to make the items larger without losing the style!

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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely in love! Aug. 11 2011
By Chandrabean - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been an avid Ysolda fan for the last few years and was SOO excited when this book came out! The quality of the book alone is worth the price, and the patterns are just beautiful! The way they're written makes it seem less intimidating to make sweaters (I've yet to make one) and I'm so excited to start one! She also has a lot of extras in the book that just generally make for good reading, and since she's such a seasoned knitter it's nice to get her advice on things like yarn and needles and whatnot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid Knitting Book for the Experimental Feb. 12 2012
By J. Victor - Published on Amazon.com
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A delightful knitting with quite a bit of information for the intermediate-advanced knitter who wants a challenge learning a more hands-on approach to customizing their knits. The photography is very well done and Ysolda once again brings a touch of whimsy to the knitting world. Her writing style is both honest yet supportive as she guides you along in her theory and technique to making your knits "work" better for your body. Her book supports a number of beautiful cardigans and sweaters that lend themselves to making the perfect fit. If you're looking for accessory patterns (a'la socks, hats, gloves, etc) then perhaps turn elsewhere as a good warning as this is not that type of knitting book nor is this meant for beginners just learning how to cast on for the first time (although you are more than welcome to to try, I shan't deny you that).

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful May 14 2013
By silverbook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains helpful information about fitting your knitted garments to your body. All 7 patterns included are classic enough that they will not become dated within a few years time. I'm hoping to cast on Cria soon, as it is my favorite pattern. Much of the information in this book is frequently not included in other pattern books. Many books do not discuss altering for fit at all. Ysolda is pretty well known for working on her patterns so that they can fit a variety of body shapes.

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.


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