Twinkle's Big City Knits: 31 Chunky-Chic Designs Hardcover – Feb 13 2007
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About the Author
Wenlan Chia launched Twinkle in the fall of 2000 with a collection of colorful and exuberant hand-knit sweaters and accessories. Making its runway debut in 2002, Twinkle received high praise from both the New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily. Since then, Wenlan has shown on the runway each season at Seventh on Sixth fashion week in Bryant Park. Wenlan has received well-deserved recognition from the fashion industry, winning major awards and nominations, including the Onward Kashiyama New Design Prize in Tokyo, the Competition of Young Fashion Designers in Paris, and the Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York, among others. Most recently, she was selected as one of “Spring’s Leading Ladies”— a group of five notable designers— by Vogue magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
However...all of the sweaters are designed to be very small like any of Wenlan's patterns you may have seen in magazines - none of the patterns really goes past a 34"-36" bust.
Also, make sure that you download corrections from both Twinkle's website and the publisher's - they are not the same. There are a lot of mistakes in the basic information for the patterns - sizing, yarn quantities that don't agree and things like that. Most of this is common sense; just make sure to calculate all of the quantity information yourself, especially if you're substituting yarns - these guys really don't seem to know what a metre is...I guess they spent all their money on the photographer.
The pattern directions look pretty consistent but I haven't really checked in depth.
A last thing, some of the pieces are finished with fairly intricate crochet, and there's kind of an assumption that you know how to do this and/or read crochet charts (unlike me...looking for knitted alternatives).
So, buy this book from Amazon at a discount and then bombard the publisher with letters....
Pretty designs. I like the twinkle series for ideas. If you can, this is a good book to get inspired by and make some of your own changes to the patterns.
JUST A LIBRARY BOOK NOW AND OF NO ACTUAL USE.
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I finally saw the book this weekend and it is gorgeous, Potter Craft has really upped the styling of knitting books and working with a well known New York Designer no doubt helps. The first half of the book consists of model shots of each of the patterns printed on glossy paper. Color and energy ooze out of these pages. Towards the end of this section you get to find out what Chia's ideas of what a size large are....a 37" at most. OK no big deal, except she doesn't provide an extra large.
The second half of the book is the pattern section that switches over to a matte paper and flat sweater pictures. This is where it gets really confusing and infuriating. Some of the patterns are one size only (and no I'm not just talking about hats or scarves) while some go as big as a 35" and worse for some the large is a 27"! 10" of negative ease in a bulky knit?!
I know enough about knitting to resize patterns, but why should I spend 30 dollars for that honor when Chia, her pattern writer, or her technical editor were being paid to do that? My theory is that Chia didn't write the knitting patterns (she's more of a free form knitter, which brings a sense of fun to her work) and someone else (the other author whose name I can't remember)had to look through her runway samples to 'decode' the knitting. When it was too hard to resize they just went with one.
I'm giving it 3 stars because the designs are gorgeous, unfortunately they aren't going to be wearable (imagine carrying over 1.5 kilos of yarn)or knitable for most people. Maybe a revised edition will be printed with sizes for a wider audience rather than just models.
(My boyfriend just came upon me typing and asked whether writing the review was sufficiently cathartic. Frankly, I don't think so, but it's a start.)
Basically, what it comes down to is that those measurements are the KNITTED measurements, not the "will fit" measurements. There's a really important distinction. I'm no tiny girl...i've got a 41" bust...and I just bought this book after several months ago giving a copy someone gave me for free away.
Also, with the crazy large gauge you'd get for any of these patterns, it will take hardly any time at all to re-knit something if you need a size larger or smaller.