Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More new plus size patterns

Perhaps the knitting industry has finally heard that over 60 percent of Americans are obese or overweight. I've written recently (post 1 and post 2) about new ample pattern books that will soon be on the market. Today I'll share additional evidence that suggests the knitting industry finally knows about our huge untapped market (pun intended).

First, Vogue Knitting Holiday 2010 offers at least two larger patterns. Maybe the editors heard the outcry that followed their editorial stating that they weren't interested in making patterns for larger "silhouettes." The editors went so far as to list other websites that sell ample designs so that they don't have to! Many knitters were angry and offended, and I was among them.

Given this, I am thrilled to discover that Michele Wang's Cabled Swing Poncho goes up to 3X. You know I don't believe in sizes - I live by finished bust size - but the Ravelry entry doesn't include measurements, so I'll go on faith that this design could easily be adapted to fit me. And before you even say it, yes, I agree, it's dumb for the model to being wearing a hooded garment AND a hat! But this design would work for my mountain of bulky red alpaca.

Norah Gaughan also has a pretty 2X round yoke pullover in the soon-to-be-released Vogue Knitting. I'd have to lose the giant turtleneck, but I love the cables around the neck and the shorter sleeves that Fit to Flatter says emphasize a narrower waist.

Do you crochet? If so, there's a new ample crochet book just out from Annie's Attic. Jill Hanratty's Plus Size Fashions offers five crochet sweaters designed for a larger figure. I'm not crazy about the yarn and colors used for these pieces - they're all pretty bland - and the patterns are a bit bland, too. But the book does offer some good, basic sweaters.

Remember, if you want companies to offer ample designs, you need to buy plus-size books and magazines. This is America - pattern publishers only sell larger patterns if people actually buy them. Vote with your pocket book! Show the yarn companies and the publishing houses that there is indeed a market for plus-size knitting. As I said earlier, we represent more than 60 percent of Americans. Shouldn't that mean that over 60 percent of patterns should be offered in larger sizes? YES. But only if you buy them.


  1. Julie, I have to disagree ... I don't think that Cabled Swing Poncho would look good on anyone! It doesn't even look good on the model! I love the cables, but that's about the only design feature I like here. The Round Yoke pullover is indeed lovely ... and would also look good without the big ribbed turtleneck collar. I think this would also make a cute little cardigan!

  2. Anne, thanks for the input - I appreciate your opinion. And as always, thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I love that Norah top; it should have long sleeves though with the T-neck.
    Possible to make the T-neck a round neck, you think?

  4. The Norah top is gorgeous. And yes, I think it could easily be converted. I suspect you'd need to add another pattern repeat with some decreases built in and then add an inch+ of ribbing. It's such a pretty pattern. I'll be interested to see how large a 2X is when the magazine comes out in a couple of weeks.

  5. Hi Julie,
    Today I received an email sale notice from KnitPicks for 40% off all books. OK!, I thought, large size pattern book here I come! WRONG!!! Not even ONE book of plus patterns! Skads of sock knitting books and everything else.

    Maybe I will email them and make a suggestion.

  6. Hey Pat, Knit Picks does offer at least one plus size book: More Big Girl Knits - http://www.knitpicks.com/cfbooks/book_display.cfm?ID=31264. Not much but then there aren't that many books made just for plus-size knitting. This is a great blog topic... I'll post a list of plus-size books later today. Thanks, Pat!