Friday, August 5, 2011

A book that deserves a second look

Years ago, I purchased Knitting Goes Large: 20 Designs to Flatter Your Figure by Sharon Brant. I dismissed it almost immediately because the sweater sizes all fell below 48. Plus-size patterns? 48? Are you nuts? It went on the shelf and stayed there.


Until today. I discovered that most of the patterns in this book have finished bust sizes that are quite large - and much larger than the size 48 the books proclaims as the official size.

I encourage you to take another look at this book, too. Pictures of some of the projects follow along with the largest finished bust size. This book contains many lovely designs. Maybe there's something here just for you.

Cabled Tunic

Martin Storey

Largest finished bust size: 56.25 inches

   

Large Collar Jacket

Martin Storey

Largest finished bust size: 54.25 inches

   

Lace Tunic

Martin Storey

Largest finished bust size: 54.25 inches

   

Fair Isle

Wendy Baker

Largest finished bust size: 55 inches

   

Twisted Rib Cardigan

Wendy Baker

Largest finished bust size: 56.5 inches

   
Swing Jackets

Catherine Tough

Largest finished bust size: 54 inches
   
Cabled Vest

Wendy Baker

Largest finished bust size: 53 inches
   
   
Who knows? Maybe one of these patterns will be just right for you - and the just-right size, too.

2 comments:

  1. I did the very same thing as you - I had high expectations but got deflated when I saw the sizing & stuffed it on the shelf. Had a second & third look & decided that with a little jiggling - one needle size up or maybe a lacy strip down the side - things would get a little larger. The math isn't too difficult so I think most designs could be easily sized up a little more. One of the best things in this book is the advice on body type & sweaters to flatter. While neither of the models are 'LARGE' their shapes are very different. The designs have been made to flatter their womanly shapes not just draped on a skinny kid. I like that.

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  2. Me too. I had the opportunity while working at the yarn store, to kook at it when it was slow and that was when I realized that if you followed the ease charts it was a while other storey! I finally bought one, have yarn but have not yet knit from it. Too many good things keep popping up!

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