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Classic Knits for Real Women: Versatile Knitwear Designs for Plus Sizes Paperback – 3 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (3 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571203699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571203694
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,802,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The patterns offered by this book are just what the title says : classic. You can make up your own fancy footwork using different colours and stitches, but the instructions for the basic garment are available here in a very reasonable number of sizes (look at the finished size rather than the size it's intended to fit). I choose to ignore the incongruous different edgings (bobbles and suchlike) which have nothing to do with the idea of 'classic', because at least they are attached to an otherwise classic garment. I am also ignoring the 'real women' thing. I am disappointed (2 stars' worth) that there are so few patterns using thicker yarn. Overall, I think it's hard to get excited about basic classic styles, but the book delivers what the title promises, which is some useful classic patterns.
A word of warning: there are two editions of this book: British and American, with hardly any difference between them other than their identification numbers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Size 12 is Plus Size? Not in my Universe. 25 Aug. 2006
By Harmonyfb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From the title, I thought this would be a great book - classic sweaters designed for larger women. Um, not as such.

The vast majority of the models for the book? Apparently sizes 8-12. There's one, count it, *one* model who looks like she might wear a plus size.

I wasn't overly impressed with the garments themselves, but that pales beside the fact that I can't trust them to be sized correctly for plus sizes because their models are not plus-sized.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. 19 Mar. 2006
By Indiana Peach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you consider a size 12 plus size and have $200+ dollars to drop on yarn for unflattering sweaters, then this is the book for you. If you are a hip pleasantly plump size 18+ knitter looking for great current designs, do not get this book.
72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dumpy patterns 5 April 2006
By Always Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am so disappointed. I was hoping for sleek and stylish patterns for size 12 and higher. So many of the patterns in this book have oversized fringe and bobbles. Yuck! Real women and plus size women are not necessarily frumpy grannies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 Jan. 2007
By dephal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although at first I was pleased to find a book devoted to patterns for larger sizes, I was ultimately disappointed. There are a couple of patterns that are kind of cute, most are nothing special, and there's very little variety here. More importantly, though, little thought seems to have been given as to what actually looks good on plus size women. The sweaters are almost all boxy, many with strange fringes. How many larger women look good with a bunch of bobbles hanging off their sweater hems? There are also a few patterns for not very exciting accessories like scarves (and a truly hideous hat that would make a wonderful clown wig done up in rainbow-colored yarn). There are also a couple of crocheted items, which are pretty much just taking up space in this book.

I give the publishers credit for using models who aren't all anorexic 12-year-olds. However, none of the models even approaches the larger sizes touted by this book, which helps add to the misleading idea that these patterns will look good on larger women.

This book especially suffers in comparison with "Big Girl Knits." Unlike this book, BGK has lots of information about customizing items for various body shapes. BGK also has a wide variety of patterns that make use of shaping, resulting in more flattering fits. My advice--borrow a copy of this book and see whether there's really anything here that interests you. And then go buy a copy of BGK.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's as if they weren't even trying... 18 April 2006
By S. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very excited to learn awhile back that Rowan would be publishing a book of plus-size patterns. I love Rowan yarns, and wow--the beautiful designs found in the pages of Rowan magazine in my size!

But, alas, I was bitterly disappointed.

First of all, plus-size does not mean over 65. Make that 85. My 67yo mother wouldn't be caught dead in most of this stuff.

Second, plus-size does not mean ugly, shapeless, and/or boring.

This book is an insult to plus-size knitters. I have a feeling these designers were forced at gunpoint to produce this work. It's too bad they didn't seize the opportunity to create something useful and beautiful. It's too bad Rowan chose designers who simply weren't up to the challenge.
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