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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton (7 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600854125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600854125
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.5 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Beth Temple is a nationally known crochet designer whose work appears in Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today and Crochet World. She creates and publishes a popular pattern line, Hooked for Life, and her many books include DIY Afghans and The Perfect Pillow. Mary Beth has hosted the interactive podcast, 'Getting Loopy', which won the Flamie Award three times in a row (2009, 2010, 2011) for Best Crochet Podcast and was among the top 200 shows on the Blog Talk Radio network for 2009. Temple lives in New Jersey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs S Rosewell on 18 Mar 2013
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As with most pattern books there was some I really liked but others that I wasn't so keen on but on the whole I like the book
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I did a lot of crochet 20 years ago and would have liked some revision of the stitches. No instructions here, I had to google them.
There are maybe 2 of these patterns, I would make: crocheted capes are not for me and I can't imagine who would like them. The wools are American and it's not easy to substitute as the weights are different.
Would have liked some summer weight designs in cotton.
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By Anna Healy on 14 Sep 2014
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Lots of great patterns but too many scarfs and wraps which are not particularly "curvy girl"
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By Amazon Customer on 14 Nov 2014
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The designs are good and its great to see a book for bigger people.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Great instructions, details on fitting and nice looking designs 23 Sep 2012
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on Amazon.com
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Mary Beth Temple is a crochet designer whose work I've liked for a while. The reason is because she combines classic crochet techniques and stitches into contemporary fashions that are wearable. A lot of her designs are also relatively quick to stitch. Also being plus sized, I appreciate attractive crochet patterns that fit my build.

The patterns in this book are American crochet terminology with international crochet notation as illustrations for the stitch patterns.

It starts with detailed information about changing the size of the patterns, and adapting them to different yarn types. It explains how to shorten, lengthen and change the fitting of patterns, as well as swatching then testing the swatches for the method you plan to use for laundering or checking how stretching will affect the fabric. Handy if you're like me and generally prefer cotton yarns.

Then you get to the patterns, which are all shown on lovely women of different shapes and sizes. This book is heavy on the sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, shells and vests. There are also some outwear and accessory patterns and one gorgeous skirt.

The patterns start with suggested yarn types, but also include the Craft Yarn Council of America's sizing for that yarn and the gauge is listed so you can try it with a different yarn easily. They are all written in good detail and easy to follow. I'm better with charts than written instructions so I'll refer to the charts for the stitch pattern and use the instructions to know where to increase and get the right measurements and shapes.

The variety of patterns is good. My favorite long sleeves sweater in the book is the pullover on the cover. Her version uses spike stitches as colorwork accents on the yoke and wide sleeves in a nearly floral effect, and it has shaping around the waist to pull it in some and reduce bulk, then flares out to skim over the hips. The yarn weight and look of the sweater make it a great one for fall and winter months.
For sleeveless sweaters, the Perfect Base Tank Top is made using a fine yarn in a shell stitch and is nicely fitted. The fine yarn and shaping keep it from being bulky and the shell stitch help keep it from getting boring to make.
The Essential Cardigan is a basic cardigan great for all sort of winter and fall layering, and it's my favorite cardigan.
Other things I love in this book are the Traditional Cloak, the Sensible Shawl and lacy Wrapt Top. Andee Graves' skirt is just fabulous, a wrap skirt with a beautiful shape made from wool.

Good instructions, contemporary designs and the sizing goes from XL to 5X. The designs are handmade boutique in styling. Out of 25 patterns, there are only a few that aren't my style at all, and I believe this book will have designs that will appeal to most women who like fashion crochet with a good fit for larger body types.
[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Projects and Great Instructions 7 Oct 2012
By S. Duggan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a number of projects to choose from. Some are a bit more advanced but there are plenty of newbie patterns too. In the beginning you will learn the basic crochet stitches as well as how to fit the pattern to your measurements. (Something that will truly make the garment yours.)

Lots of great photographs are included as well as charts. Although this book is for plus size girls you can take the garment construction notes and make any of the patterns to fit you.

You'll find patterns for scarves, jackets, sweaters, vests, and even a messenger bag. Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
a Curvy girl, who needs fresh ideas 2 Oct 2012
By Steven - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book that says that curvy girls CAN wear beautiful clothes. I can't wait to pick up my hook, and yarn to begin a project just for me. The photo spreads are perfection, shows the intricate detail in the patterns. The instructions, clear, and understandable.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
LOVE THIS BOOK! 6 Dec 2012
By MsKat - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to find a book for curvy girls that wasn't the same old boxy crochet patterns and at the same time wasn't the same smaller sizes in need of mathematical tweaking to arrive at my size. ALL the designs are really cute and totally wearable, and versatile enough that changing the yarn or tweaking the trim here or there can completely change the character of the garment from every day to fancy to office wear. Love it, already almost done with one pattern and planning others, my book is filled with sticky notes!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice designs, but not for the beginner. 25 May 2013
By Jan Dean - Published on Amazon.com
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These are very nice designs. I've worked only one sweater so far, but found an error in that pattern early on that, if I weren't an experienced crocheter and realized that could not be correct, would have ruined the piece. This makes me second guess every other instruction, so I feel like I can't trust it. Be careful and keep track of your stitch counts. Otherwise, it's a great pattern book.
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