Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women With Real Curves Hardcover – Apr 18 2006
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"Thanks to Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer’s collection of clever, figure-flattering patterns, you’ll no longer need to struggle to resize patterns that weren’t designed with you in mind. With their guidance on how to choose the best designs for your shape, and how to modify patterns that are intended for someone else’s, they guarantee that you’ll never again knit a sweater that makes your big top look like The Big Top." —Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series and editor-in-chief of BUST magazine
"I can’t sing enough praise for Big Girl Knits. More than a collection of beguiling knitwear for the curvy lady, more than a good read (and a good read it is), this book is full of information that might change your attitude about knitting, dressing, and (dare I say it) simply being!" —Pam Allen, editor-in-chief of Interweave Knits magazine and coauthor of Wrap Style
"Big Girl Knits is one small stitch for woman, and one big, beautiful sweater for womankind." —Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life
"Big Girls don’t cry, and why would they when they can knit kick-ass, curvalicious projects like those in Big Girl Knits?! No matter what size you are, you’ll appreciate the beauty and attention to detail that is paid to each and every design in this book. Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer have proven that big girls not only knit, but also look hot doing it!" —Vickie Howell, host of DIY’s Knitty Gritty and author of New Knits on the Block
"I love this book! It brought tears to my eyes—both with its delicious humor and its loving attention to the subject. The technical stuff is handled wonderfully—with intelligence and clarity and a big heart. The variety in the patterns that follow is a delight. Jillian, Amy, the contributing designers, and the bodies this work will adorn are to be celebrated." —Sally Melville, author of The Knitting Experience books (Knit, Purl, and Color) and of Sally Melville Styles
"If you want to learn how to make garments that fit and flatter your body and you like to laugh while you’re learning and knitting, this smart, witty book’s for you." —Melanie Falick, author of Handknit Holidays and Weekend Knitting
About the Author
Big Girl Jillian Moreno (right) was formerly marketing director with Interweave Press, and helped launch magazines like Interweave Knits, Beadwork, and Natural Home Magazine. She’s the catalyst for Knitty.com and a frequent contributor. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, two adorable children, a basement full of yarn, and more books than the local library. This is her first book.
Big Girl Amy R. Singer (left) is the founder and editor of the web-only magazine Knitty.com. She is also a columnist for Interweave Knits and a professional editor and proofreader in the advertising industry. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two rabbits, who are eating the house one piece at a time. This is her second book.
Visit them at www.biggirlknits.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This book doesn't contain as many patterns and the patterns are not as nice as those in the sequel. The book does go into greater detail about sizing and cuts that are most flattering to body types.
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I think all of the patterns in the book are good! My favorites are the fitted tank top, the cherry-patterned "swing jacket" sweater, and the low-cut "wrap around" sweater, which is worthy of a good push-up bra (Lane Bryant sells some very nice full-figure push-up bras).
This is not a book for wet-behind-the-ears beginners. Right now, I'm still practicing getting my knitting scarves to come out straight, so I would not attempt to make anything in the book without supervision. My next step will be to take a knitting class and use one of these patterns for my project. It will be helpful to have the instructor's advice.
Oh -- one more plus! They use "real" plus-sized women as sweater models -- not size 10's masquerading as full-figured women.
As a basically P shaped person, I'm all heavy on top and nothing down below. I've really struggled to figure out how to alter patterns to make them work.
The book has a fantastically detailed tutorial on what to do that makes the purchase of this book worth what it costs and more. The way they walk you through each technique is what I definitely needed - detailed, technical and yet written in a way that its light in tone and interesting. You won't find any boring snippets in this book!
I wasn't so keen on the patterns in the book - many would look odd on my shape, but I think they are useful visuals to illustrate what is talked about in the technique sections. I was also impressed with the designers, everyone from Shannon Okey to the woman behind White Lies Designs.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking to knit who has fit issues with average clothing. Even if you're skinny, the techniques in this book stand to good use by anyone.
The patterns themselves are varied, and designed to look flattering on real women's bodies. I'm not necessarily itching to knit every single item in this book, but there are more than enough must-do projects to justify buying this book. I especially like that there's nothing frumpy here. I also like that each pattern is clearly marked as to which body shape it's best suited for. The patterns are also clearly written and will appeal to a knitters of a variety of skill levels.
In addition, the book has a wealth of information on knitting for larger sizes, including details about how to get good body measurements as well as instructions on how to modify and shape patterns for a better fit.
Finally, I like that the the publisher has used real big girls as models, so that you can actually see how the items will look when worn. I hate when "plus-sized" items are shown on models who are far from plus-sized.
There are many patterns in this book for us Boobs. And while I embrace my cleavage, the world may not be ready for this 48 year-old to rock the lacy Sexy Ribs Pullover or the wrap sweater called Lift and Separate without a cami underneath - perhaps Cherry Bomb (which I can see making over and over). Page after page of gorgeous and eminently wearable in this book, true plus-sized models, luscious colors, informative and clear text.
Only Amelia Corset is unflattering to the entire universe, even my size 4 daughters. Nothing adds poundage like dividing a gal horizontally 3 times (bust and arms, tummy, and whatever bottom you wear with).
That's the one pit in this yummy box of goodies. Buy the book and when we see each other on the street in our beautiful Big Girl knits, let's wink. We'll already be smiling.