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Great Big Knits: Over Twenty Designer Patterns Hardcover – Jan 1993


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing (Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943955610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943955612
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,733,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Parkinson on 23 July 2013
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I received the book within days of ordering and found plenty of patterns I could knit. It was great to find a set of knitting patterns I need to down size rather than increase in order to fit me. Well done Dawn and team. It proved you don't have to be frumpy when you're a bigger size than normal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on 15 Jun. 2014
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I have given this an ok rating as the knits are quite complicated and very 80s. Would probably only knit one of them out of the whole book.
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By Lunarcraft on 4 Aug. 2014
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Superb range of easy to follow patterns to suit all occasions
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By julia james on 29 Dec. 2014
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great book
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Bright, Big, Splashy Designs ! 23 July 1998
By meg@one.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Knitwear with humor, bold colors and relaxed fit are within your grasp with this book. With an average finished chest size of 56" these sweater designs look good on everyone with full figures. The photos are superb, the diagrams and written instructions are easy to understand and information is provided to help you change the length and width of sweater parts to fit your figure. Dawn French (of the "French and Saunders" comedy team) adds her sense of mirth and models these bold sweaters with joy. A delightful book that's sure to inspire your own design creativity!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely fabulous designs! 16 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book, and "Big Knits" before it (very hard to find) has the best collection of sweaters REAL people want to wear. I am not a larger size but ajust the sweaters downward because they're so great. I have made more sweaters from these two books than the rest of my patterns/books combined. When are they going to publish another collection???
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Finally ! Great sweater patterns in large sizes!! 11 Sept. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tired of calculating the changes required to knit a large size sweater from an "average size" pattern? You can actually sit down and knit immediately with this book of patterns...no more rewriting before you can begin. You'll love the many creative styles, done in everything from stocking stitch to cables and intarsia, to please beginners to advanced knitters. Clear, easy to follow instructions and witty text highlight a collection of classic sweaters, snappy pullovers, and gorgeous jackets. Your biggest problem will be choosing which one to make first! This book, presented by Dawn French (of t.v.'s "French and Saunder's" fame) and Sylvie Soudan, is a "must have" for those who love their "big knits"
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For the fluffier sheep among us ---- 28 Jan. 2007
By Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you knit and are shaped more like a sheep before sheering than after -- the 2 Dawn French books (Big Knits, and Great Big Knits) are what you've been looking for.

The biggest regret is that they are all but impossible to find.

I do the math tricks on all kinds of patterns so they will adjust to fit ME and all those out there like ME -- but in these books, the design is actually intended for my shape -- and not for a 14-year-old 3/4" dowl-rod model. Not only are the patterns measured up to fit, but the patterns on the sweaters are measured up as well. Who wants to wear a 3X sweater with thousands of tiny 1/4" roses on it?

The artist-inspired sweaters are expecially noteworthy, as well as the open-work lace styles and the sailor stripes.

Too bad the publishers don't know a good thing when they've got it and put out a new edition!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great patterns, and not just for target audience 22 Sept. 2008
By ReadNReVu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, like Big Knits, has some really nice patterns. Many are easily adjustable lengthwise, and some are adjustable width-wise as well if you have some knitting experience.

Most, however, would require some serious adjustment if you wanted to knit them in a smaller size, because the larger motifs in these sweaters go completely from side to side (as opposed to the sweaters in Big Knits, where the larger motifs in some patterns had at least a couple inches on each side of plain bordering to work with), and it would be easy to distort the picture composition (unless you don't mind chopping off part of it).

Don't let the above discourage you, however--the larger picture motifs would also look great done up as a baby blanket, or afghan, or as a pillow.

Good book for anyone's knitting library.
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