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French Girl Knits: Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details, and Feminine Designs [Paperback]

Kristeen Griffin-Grimes
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5 Jan 2009
Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, known in the knit and crochet community for her pattern company, French Girl, utilizes inventive combinations of texture, color, and stitch patterns in her fashion-forward, seamless design work featured in her new book, French Girl Knits. French Girl Knits includes: Classy, feminine designs fashioned in luxurious yarns that achieve suberb figure-flattering fit with seamless construction-the need for sewing has been eliminated with Kristeen's one-piece designs. Four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history: Enfant Sauvage (Wild Child), la Boutique Parisienne (A Vintage Dress Shop in Paris), Dans La Rue (Street Wear), and Creatrice (Creative Woman). A design workshop featuring in-depth tutorials that teach seamless construction methods featured in French Girl Knits, providing valuable technical information for both beginning and seasoned knitters. You"ll learn how to design in a more organic way, either from the top down, from the hem up, from the back out, and by picking up live stitches when possible. All of the designs featured in French Girl Knits are body conscious and figure flattering. Many designs include curve-friendly waist shaping, empire-waist detailing, and stitch details that emphasize the feminine form. Inspired by historical costume, Kristeen uses unique detailing such as lacing, openwork, lace edgings, and bell sleeves to further highlight the woman's silhouette. French Girl Knits invites you to be immersed in a world filled with imagination and creativity, using knitting as a vehicle for self-express and encouraging experimentation through your medium.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (5 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680692
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"5 out of 5 stars. I really love the designs in this book. All the designs have great body shaping, many with curve-friendly waist shaping and/or empire style waists." - "Knitting News""A lovely book full of great patterns for women who love romantic knits as well as those who like more of an edge. The book is a great way to learn seamless techniques." - Guide to Knitting"So captivating, so conducive to wistful longing that my eyes well up at the thought of's a feast even if you never knit a thing from it, so why deny yourself the pleasure?" - "Twist Collective""Oh la la! This singular collection drips with je ne sais quoi, its 18 body-conscious pieces revealing both rustic and dans-les-rues influences of French fashion." - "Yarn Market News""Everything that you'd expect from a knitting book inspired by 'an appreciation of the small, lovely moments in life' that is apparent in the lives of the French. There is beautiful, lush, knitterly photography--closeups of unusual knitting stitches and details, along with vintage inspired interiors and stunning scenery." - "YARN: The Australian Magazine for Knitting and More""Gorgeous patterns." -"This is an amazing book to add to your knitting library especially if you love cute little sexy sweaters. There are also a few in here that I would consider great first-time sweaters." -"First Reaction: Ooh la la...Classic shapes, but with extra design elements, like lace gussets, or ribbing to provide shape; an unexpected cable, creative closures, or knit-in color work to accent an edge." -

About the Author

Seattle designer Kristeen Griffin-Grimes launched her French Girl pattern line in early 2005. Her patterns are currently carried in 125 yarn stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and on websites such as Jimmy Beans Wool, The Knitting Garden, and Dream Weaver Yarns. The French Girl label was inspired by Kristeen’s mother, a jazz vocalist of New Orleans Cajun descent (the original “French Girl”) and a ten-year love affair with France. She leads annual knitting workshops and cuisine and wine tours in France every spring and fall.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless chic 30 Jan 2009
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This is a fabulous book, written by a knitter for knitters. It's beautifully put together and is really good quality, quite aside from the gorgeous patterns. The photos are brill, you can see all the designs nice & clearly and there are lots of close-ups of the little details. The patterns are clear & well-written with good explanations that show how the designs are made up, making it easy to follow for the beginner and which allows the more experienced knitter to adapt patterns to suit. There is a good range of designs from the classic to a more contemporary look and there's a bit of crochet thrown in for good measure. The addition of some charming anecdotes from the author mean this is a lovely book to browse through for inspiration, or just to flick through with a cup of tea for a quick knitting 'fix'.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downside up and sideways circles ... 25 May 2009
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If you ever wanted to knit a garment but have a horror of sewing seams and knitting yards of boring ribbed edgings, this book is for you. From the first amazingly simple 'provisional cast on' to the finishing touches, this book turns conventional knitting on its head and for me at least, transforms the construction of a garment into something beautifully logical and labour saving. Following one of the patterns, I'm transforming some very fine mohair into a wisp of well-fitting femininity for one of my Daughters and finding it genuine fun. There are hints for substitute yarns - so often overlooked - and I too will be knitting most of the patterns in the book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and beauty 9 April 2009
I knew pretty much what to expect, having looked at links from the Interveawe knits website. Even though I like to design and knit my own patterns most of the time, I felt that there was so much beauty in these patterns that I wanted it on my shelf to admire at will. The technique section for seamless construction (which is the whole basis of this book) is inspiring and very informative. Anyone who likes elegant and beautiful garments and wants to learn how to avoid joins/seams should consider buying this. I cannot say if the yarns are easily available in the UK, so remind anyone that they should be confident in how to find subs if they intend to follow the patterns themselves.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 11 Feb 2009
By L. Thompson VINE VOICE
A wonderful book with accurate patterns, clear instructions and the most beautiful designs. A must have for your bookshelf for any keen knitter. Kristeen's style is friendly, warm and chatty, the stories about her patterns and inspiration are every bit as inviting as the designs themselves.

I've made Wrenna (a chunky leather laced cardigan), have started Louisa (a tunic top with the most gorgeous lacy pattern) and plan to make several other of the designs over the next few months. Wrenna was such a quick knit, literally a few evenings, and so, so easy to make, no seaming or fiddly bits. The top down knitting makes life much easier.

In short, if you love to knit, buy this book!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Patterns and learning opportunities! 16 Feb 2009
This is an excellent book in many ways. One, the patterns are feminine, classy and infinitely wearable. Two, it's not a case of a few nice patterns padded out by filler...These patterns are all keepers. I fully intend to knit 99% of the patterns in this book. Three, all the pattern sections have design explanations and give insights that inform and develop your knitting.
In brief, I adore everything about this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No to Sewing Up! 1 July 2009
This is a fantastic idea and a fantastic book. I have always felt that a perfectly knitted or crocheted garment can be spoiled by bad sewing up so I have preferred to crochet because it was possible to make a garment with less or no stitching at all. This book has made it possible to knit beautiful garments without the need for stitching or with less stitching. I have always loved knitting in the round and using circular needles and these patterns are ideal. The book is very clear and explains the techniques very well so that you can learn and adapt other patterns as well as giving you some fantastic patterns. Sleeves without a seam, fantastic and knitting from the top down means you can easily adapt the size and length of a garment with ease, what more could you ask for except, of course, more time to knit! I love it!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An almost perfect knitting book 12 Feb 2009
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Having seen some of Kristen's designs before and knowing they were my sort of style, I was very keen to get a copy of this book and it certainly didn't disappoint. Often knitting books have maybe one or two designs in that I may consider making but this one has one or two that I may consider not making - each pattern just made me go 'Oh I must make that one next!' There are lots of designs using available yarns from Rowan or ones that it is easy to find alternatives for. There are also interesting design ideas using different forms of construction such as top down raglans and using circular needles so less sewing up is needed. Definitely a book I'd have no hesitation in recommending.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great knits that you will want to make 17 Jun 2009
This is a lovely book, with clear explanations of the construction techniques used. What's more, there are plenty patterns that I will actually make. In fact I made Wrenna the weekend that I got the book - it took 3 days and I love it! Louisa is next. The patterns are well written and in a reasonable range of sizes. One that I will comeback to over and over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely...
a beautiful book with some stunning patterns. So absolutely feminine !!! I've spun the yarn....just need to purchase the circular needles necessary to start the patterns.....
Published 10 months ago by sal
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Really lovely book full of gorgeous patterns to choose from. I bought this book to knit the shrug, Veronique but I am really pleased with the other patterns. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paula Main
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book!
This is a wonderful book with a variety of seamless knitting techniques. I have made 3 items from it and they turned out well. Read more
Published on 18 May 2012 by et
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing designs
A beautiful inspiring book of classy knits. A feast for the eyes and a delight To try. I recommend thus book to anyone who wants out of the ordinary class.
Published on 17 April 2012 by Vonnie 52
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book
This little book is full of great idea - great value for money! It arrived within 24 hours which was a big bonus.
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Stitchfiona
1.0 out of 5 stars user unfriendly, not french
I bought this book purely on the many good reviews on Amazon, in the hope that I would find some great designs. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2010 by R. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever knits that need some thought
Really liked the designs in the book. The idea of minimising sewing up is a good one, & it is fairly easy to substitute yarns. Read more
Published on 28 May 2010 by Mary S
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Sublime!!
There are perhaps only two items in this book I would not make!!

Seamless idea of heaven!! Read more
Published on 7 April 2010 by Tia Webb
2.0 out of 5 stars of limited use
This book was disappointing, the title conjured up a vision of fashionable, up to date wearable knits similar to those which used to feature in Elle magazine years ago. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by ninablack
3.0 out of 5 stars Check the style
I was so looking forward to this book but I think my grave error was not knowing enough about the author's style beforehand. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by Ponytail
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