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Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women With Real Curves Hardcover – Apr 18 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (April 18 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307336603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307336606
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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 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.

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Format: Hardcover
I like the witty chat in this book. It gives good advice & encourages the Larger Gal to knit for fun. But, the patterns are not geared to everyone. I only found two items in the whole book that I'd make. Some of them are just too weird but maybe that's an age thing. I do like their style & did buy the book for my library.
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Though the title is a little misleading this book and a 2nd different Big Girl Knits that I purchased is not meant just for those who are a plus size. The sizes are ranged to include plus sizes but patterns also include smaller sizes. The patterns are gorgeous. For plus sized women, you actually can find sexy garments to knit that won't make you feel plus sized. For everyone, it gives in great detail how to hide those "not so perfect parts" of the body and show off "the great parts". Worthwhile purchase and I highly recommend it.
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I purchased this book because I really liked the patterns in More Big Girl Knits.

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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- custom sizing works well, excellent start for developing other projects. I think that you have to be keen on knitting to appreciate what detail has gone into developing this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Patterns for Full-figured Females July 18 2016
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Wonderful sweaters for full-figured gals. I got one for myself and one for a friend as a present. The author offers designs for every type of full figure and has how to adapt these or other patterns if a woman's figure is fuller in certain areas. The models are realistic. They wear sweaters from the sizes given, not skinny gals with big sweaters pinned in back. The mood is fun and light-hearted, and makes the reader/knitter feel good about her (ahem) assets. Yeah!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, flattering designs for plus-sized "girls" Nov. 30 2008
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This book is fantastic. It gives good explanations about what to accentuate and what to avoid in terms of plus-size knit wear. It describes how to make sure you get the right fit for your body type (boobs, belly, or butt). And it has patterns for really pretty fashions that will flatter -- and celebrate -- the plus-size figure. These are not straight up-and-down, boxy designs that you get in a lot of "full figure" knitting books.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Learning Material Nov. 26 2008
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After reading about the book on Ravelry, I had to purchase it.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Jan. 7 2007
By dephal - Published on
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I love this book.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Boob's Eye View April 20 2006
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The plus-sized women's world is divided into the three B's: Boobs, Bellies, and Butts, according to this book. They're right and I'm a Boob.

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.