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Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves [Paperback]

Jillian Moreno , Amy R. Singer , Erica Mulherin
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17 Nov 2009
Big Girl Knits features twenty-five unique patterns for women size 14 and up. From flattering pullovers and sexy tees to sleek skirts and fun accessories, this book is overflowing with options for knitting up an entire wardrobe to compliment your shapely shape.

Part knitting instruction, part fashion guide, Big Girl Knits is packed with expert advice to help you make the most of the three Bs: Boobs, Belly, and Butt. All the garments and accessories featured in the book are proportioned to fit and flatter a big girl’s body. Learn two fabulous adaptations to add to your knitting toolbox that you can apply to any sweater pattern. The book also features an easy-to-use measurement guide and tips to help you choose the right yarn, colors, and styles for you.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (17 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586377
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 22 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Patterns for shapely women 28 Jun 2006
This is a great book with a great mixture of designs from sweaters and skirts to accessories. All the designs are given a guide as to what will suit you body shape ( boobs, bum or belly). At the start of the book is a fabulous guide on how to measure yourself and adapt knitting patterns to fit us larger girls perfectly. The patterns are fitted and not loose or tight just fitted. Although not all the patterns where to my taste I love the fact that I can now adapt my other patterns to fit me not just to hang as a sack. A must for any women who wants to adapt patterns and a must for big girls everywhere
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And they mean it 1 Feb 2007
By Abigail
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This book has big girl knits for real big girls. The first Patten in the book is around a 52" chest so if you were thinking 'oh it's another book that says big' you would be gladly wrong. The biggest criticism of this book seems to be that the models look too big in the clothes and the photos do not show the true potential of the garment but every girl in the book looks without fail beautiful, though sometimes the clothes do not look made for them, but, hold your breath, this is the point of the book.

The book starts off with a wonderfully complete guide to changing patterns up or down to your size (making it useful for the less ample too) and goes on to explain quite simply and very clearly how to alter patterns, how to flatter a particular asset, how to sculpt patterns and how most importantly how to measure yourself properly.

It's also really rather funny too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Girls 5 May 2009
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I have this and More Big Girl Knits. This book walks you through the process of adapting your patterns using your own measurements and kniting gauges. The 2nd book has more adaptations allowing you to really tailor an item to fit. Both have some nice project ideas + templates/forms for jotting down your numbers to make the mathamatics very easy to calculate and to understand how to adapt your patterns. I dont have other plus size books so cannot make comparisons, however I am happy with these books and would recommend them both
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in theory.... 12 Feb 2012
By Lily
I purchased this book as I was sick of looking through patterns that have no way of fitting me. The book teaches you how to flatter your shape with the clothes you wear and the items you knit which would be fantastic if the garments in the book were actually flattering in any way. Most of the clothes swamp the models, or are some distance shy of being the right length. Take the Stacy Pullover (as pictured on the front of the book). Notice the garment stops right on the waistband of the jeans, meaning that little pouch of fat we ALL have is on full display to the world. No. Just no. Of course it will only take a little bit of mathematical knowledge to add length to this but to be completely honest, if I buy a book called "Big girl knits" I don't expect to have to alter it myself so it fits properly.

There is a fantastic little pattern in there - The Laura Tee which is a beautiful brown short sleeved top with ruffles in the middle and a wrap element. This is really really gorgeous and I am currently working on it now (it says you must knit it in hemp - I am knitting in 4ply and it is working so far.

There are a couple of patterns that are worth a go. Definitely the Laura Tee, maybe one or two others and I would say the Laura Tee pattern alone is worth purchasing this book for. But then again I got my at a very much reduced price from a high street discount book store that seems to always be having a closing down sale. I won't mention any names! In conclusion, see if you can flick through the book in real life first to see if there is actually anything you will knit as a lot of the patterns are pretty gross. The Laura Tee is highly recommended!
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The information at the beginning of the book is very useful for any knitter - be they small or large - but I was very disappointed with the patterns. I thought that some of them made the models look even bigger as they added bulk and seem in some cases not to fit properly. I have a huge knitting book collection and this has been the most disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars straightforward collection 9 Mar 2014
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A collection of timeless patterns that will be used to fill the wardrobes of my daughter and me with much needed winterwawarmers. Roll on next winter when we will be lovely and warm!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for curvy knitters 30 Jan 2014
By Blossom
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This book has some brilliant patterns (and some whacky ones....knitted cargo skirt, anyone?) It's a really shape positive book too. The authors guide you to patterns suited to your body shape and teach you how to customise their patterns so it really fits. I would have liked to have seen more photos before I bought the book but luckily there were enough patterns I will use. When you consider a paper pattern is 3.50, this book was well worth the 5 I paid for it. I'm already knitting the Susie Hoodie pattern in a luscious purple!
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