Friday, October 29, 2010

Comprehensive listing of plus-size knitting books

A hearty thank you to loyal blog reader, Pat, who gave me the idea to post a comprehensive listing of plus-size knitting and crochet books and booklets. This list includes printed materials specifically designed for ample knitters, not just books that either offer larger sizing or do-it-yourself patterns.

I'm providing links both to purchase the book and view the associated Ravelry projects where possible, but remember to check your local library, too.  If you know of other materials related to ample knitting that I've missed, please let me know by leaving a blog comment or emailing me. The books are listed alphabetically by title.

Big Girl Knits
Amy Singer and Jillian Moreno
2006
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry

Big Knits
Dawn French and Sylvie Soudan
1991
Buy on Amazon | View project on Ravelry

Classic Knits for Real Women
Martin Storey
2005
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry

Curvy Knits Cambridge
Jillian Moreno, Classic Elite Knits
Buy | View projects on Ravelry

Curvy Knits Park Street
Classic Elite Knits
Buy | View projects on Ravelry






Curvy Knits Pemaquid
Jillian Moreno
Buy | View projects on Ravelry






Curvy Knits, Volume 1
Jillian Moreno
Buy | View projects on Ravelry

Curvy Knits, Volume 2
Jillian Moreno
Buy | View projects on Ravelry

Family Circle Easy Plus-Size Knits: 50 Knit and Crochet Styles
Trish Malcolm, Family Circle
2006
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry


Great Big Knits
Dawn French and Sylvie Soudan
1993
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry


Great Inspirations
Patons
Buy | View projects on Ravelry

Knitting Goes Large
Sharon Brant, Wendy Baker, Jennie Atkinson, Martin Storey

2005
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry

More Big Girl Knits
Amy Singer and Jillian Moreno
2008
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry

Knitting Plus: Mastering Fit + Plus-Size Style + 15 Projects Lisa Shroyer
2011
Pre-Order on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry

Plus-Size Crochet
Margaret Hubert
2007
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry


Plus-Size Fashions to Knit
Kathleen Power Johnson, Leisure Arts
2006
Buy on Amazon | View projects on Ravelry



Plus-Size Sweaters to Crochet
Melissa Leapman, Leisure Arts
2004
Carol Rasmussen Noble
2003
Buy on Amazon  | View projects on Ravelry




I am proud and/or ashamed to admit that I own all these books, except for Knitting Plus which won't be released until next year.

While I'm at it, let's give props to those folks who routinely care for and about ample knitters:

9 comments:

  1. Hi Julie,
    I've been reading your blog for a while, and have tried a couple of times to post a comment. For some reason, it hasn't worked. Maybe this time...
    I just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog, and thanks so much for the comprehensive list of plus sized publications. I'm going to have a look at all of them.

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  2. Thatdarncat, I'm sorry you haven't been able to post a comment... who knows what Blogger's problem is? But I very much appreciate you reading my blog and now commenting, too. Please keep coming back!

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  3. Julie, I would be so proud to own all (or any) of those books! I'm going to start collecting!!!
    Thanks so much for the list. Now I have a starting point.
    I'm going to see what's available at the library to check out which would be most helpful or has the most patterns that appeal to me.
    Can't wait to start!
    I only have a few more rows to go on the shrug/vest so will be needing a project.

    Thank you! Thank you!
    Have a great weekend at the knitting workshop!!!

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  4. Pat, send pics! Can't want to see the shrug/vest. Glad to hear you've almost got a finished object... wish I had one to talk about. Seriously, send me some photos of your garment... would love to see. Thanks again!

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  5. Very good, Julie! I actually do own many of these, but have yet to make anything from any of them. I get grand ideas of creating things, buy all the 'ingredients' and then seem to lose interest because something else has caught my eye. Do you ever have that problem? I'm working on overcoming it (sigh, along with multiple other issues!)...

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  6. laffmuchlivelon ...I RELATE!!!!My knitting life story.
    t_a

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  7. Thank you Julie for posting a list of all the ample knitting book. Now I can keep a list in my purse and find them at the local library or thrift store.

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  8. Hi, Julie, thanks for the book list. Would you be willing to comment on which of the books you find most useful? There is a shrug in an Erika Knight knitting book that she calls the silk shrug that has the nicest shape of any shrug I've seen. there is a GREAT picture of it on the blog called Runcible Bin...sometime in Sept. 2010. I have started it in the largest size. I got the book out of the library so don't have it in front of me. Your posts on Cathy Zimmerman have been wonderful. Mary in Cincinnati

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  9. Thanks, girls! These comments have given me some grist for my blogging mill. Coming soon, I will review some of these books and will write about my propensity to amass knitting books and patterns that I'll never use. Goodness, don't we all? Thanks for reading, girls!

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