3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant in theory....,
This review is from: Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves (Paperback)
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!