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on 5 October 2005
I have been looking forward to this book for some time as I have found it hard to find attractive, plus-size patterns in yarns that are readily available in the UK. I have been a member of Rowan International for some years, and although I love the Rowan magazine, have always been limited to knitting scarves, accessories or children's wear because of the size restrictions. I hoped that this book would enable me to knit a Rowan jumper or cardigan for myself at last.
However, having seen the patterns in the book, I am deeply disappointed. There is nothing there that I couldn't design for myself with a book of sweater design and a stitch pattern reference. Where is the sense of style that epitomises Rowan? Where are the colours? Why is every design a big, shapeless sack? The patterns are plain, monotone and just DULL.
I find it hard to understand why Rowan consider this to be the style preference of larger knitters. We aren't all over 50; some of us are young women who want to knit and wear attractive, shapely styles as much as our slimmer sisters do. And even larger knitters over 50 that I know are also less than impressed with the designs.
Rowan would do well to look at the wide range of sizes in American knitting books and magazines, and also online knitting magazines such as Knitty, which manage to provide attractive, fashonable patterns in a wide range of sizes - and best of all, they're free...