From what I've seen, my favorite design is the Barton Cardigan from Marlaina Bird. Isn't this gorgeous? I mean really? I can't wait to make it. I figure by the time I've finished Tom's complicated cabled Christmas sweater, I'll be ready. I wish I could make it in the prescribed yarn, Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Bijou Bliss, but it would cost me over $400! Way too expensive for my feeble budget. And you know what I'm going to say next: I'd put in a placket with buttons down the front to eliminate the belly gape. Of course. :-)
Lou Schiela's Seagirt Pullover. In a different yarn, the deep V neck and nice detailing would be great for me. I also like the short sleeves - during the Fit to Flatter class, Amy Herzog suggested that I make sweaters with short sleeves to emphasize my waist. I also like the extra room in the front since I'm personally not shaped like an upright shoe box. It's interesting how the sweater falls naturally on the model, regardless of the additional ease.
Lou Schiela has another garment in the book with similar shaping. The Cleveland Shell, featured on an early version of the cover, looks great with a white blouse underneath. This ensemble would be neither too warm for our often mild DC winters nor my encroaching menopause.
I'm usually very skeptical about shrugs on ample women, especially top-heavy girls. Shrugs always scream LOOK AT MY BOOBS! and I guess I'm too conservative to want to solicit so much attention. But I do like the Audubon Shrug designed by Lisa Shroyer. It seems right-sized for a fuller figure and sports a yarn that looks tidy and professional. I still don't think I'd make it, but I like it none the less.
I'm anxious to see the rest of the projects - about a third of the designs don't have pictures yet on Ravelry. I also really want to read the fitting section. I hope the book talks extensively about how to make garments that truly fit a larger form.
But most of all, I'm glad the knitting industry in general and Interweave in particular are finally addressing the needs of the majority of women nationwide who aren't willowy, reedy, tall, thin, trim, narrow-hipped, flat-chested, and twenty-something. It's about damn time.
Knitting Plus will be published by Interweave Press in February 2011. You can pre-order the book on Amazon now.