Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves

by Jillian Moreno

Hardcover, 2006






Big Girl Knits features twenty-five unique patterns for women size 14 and up. From flattering pullovers and sexy tees to sleek skirts and fun accessories, this book is overflowing with options for knitting up an entire wardrobe to compliment your shapely shape. Part knitting instruction, part fashion guide, Big Girl Knits is packed with expert advice to help you make the most of the three Bs: Boobs, Belly, and Butt. All the garments and accessories featured in the book are proportioned to fit and flatter a big girl’s body. Learn two fabulous adaptations to add to your knitting toolbox that you can apply to any sweater pattern. The book also features an easy-to-use measurement guide and tips to help you choose the right yarn, colors, and styles for you. From the Hardcover edition.… (more)


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LibraryThing member SheWhoReads
This is an absolutely fabulous book -- a must-have for all plus-sized knitters out there! With the resurgence of knitting's popularity in recent years, there has been a corresponding resurgence in the publication of knitting books, much to my delight. There have been some lovely books put out, with
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patterns that I adore and want to knit for myself -- books that left me to gnash my teeth in frustration when I looked at the sizing information only to find that the author didn't write instructions beyond a size L. I am a large woman. I wear XXL clothing. My dress size is 22. I love to knit. I do not love to do the math to resize someone else's pattern. That's why I bought a pattern book instead of designing my own sweater -- to avoid the math!

Jillian Moreno and Amy R Singer feel my pain. They provide a wealth of information in the initial chapters at the beginning of the book about sizing and fashion -- those chapters are worth their weight in gold! They provide tips, hints, and advice on resizing too-small patterns for the full-figured and for the math-impaired! They tell you how to add waist-shaping to otherwise boxy and unflattering patterns and how to add short row darts to patterns that are too small in the bust (or other areas). Heck, they've even got a couple of pages of information about how to resize sock patterns to fit plus-sized feet! They also give invaluable advice on how to properly measure someone and they provide a handy-dandy, detailed chart to record your own measurements on.

The part that really got my motor running, however, was the fashion advice. They understand that not all plus-sized women look the same! For example, despite the fact that I am quite overweight, I have an hourglass figure (it's just a very ample hourglass!); my bust and hips are the same size, but my waist is several inches smaller. A shaping-free sweater sized to fit my bust will hang like a box over my waist, disguising my curves: very unflattering. Waist shaping will help fix that problem. However, I have known women who wear the same dress size I do who are shaped differently -- someone with a round, apple-like figure (all stomach) or a pear-shaped figure (all hips and butt) will need a different cut and different shaping than I do to get a flattering result.

To accommodate differently-shaped knitters, the authors created the 3Bs -- icons on the top of the page to let you know if the pattern in question is good for a big bust, a big belly, a big butt, or any combination thereof. It makes selecting a pattern that much easier. They also provide each one of the Bs with a list of fashion dos and don'ts that will help me with my knitting, yes, but also with shopping. I can now go into Lane Bryant armed with specific information about what works for my body shape and what doesn't -- what kind of neckline, what kind of sleeves, waists, hems, etc. I'll never look at clothes the same way again!

As for the patterns themselves -- well, your milage may vary. I personally love almost every single pattern included in the book. I think they're gorgeous sweaters, designed to be flattering on full-figured women, and they range from the traditional to the funky. All of them are, in my opinion, fun to look at and seem like they would be interesting to knit. There were a few patterns I disliked (there always are), but they were usually not designed for my body type anyway. And then I looked at the reviews on Many of the reviewers there said they thought the patterns were ugly. I guess that just goes to show the sheer diversity of opinion out there when it come to fashion and attractiveness.

This book has patterns for just about everything -- pullovers, cardigans, coats, skirts, tank tops, tee shirts, and accessories -- they've even got a pattern for yoga pants! I personally fell in love with the chapter on tanks and tees -- I want to knit every single one of those patterns! I started off with Bombshell, one of the most flattering patterns in the entire book in my opinion. I love the square neckline, I adore the ribbing at the waist, I'm in love with the short row shaping in the bust (invisible to the naked eye, but makes such a huge difference to the fit!), and I fall into a swoon over the top-down construction -- everything about it makes me happy. I'll have to post pictures of my progress in this blog later.

One word of warning: for a book called "Big Girl Knits," the sizing did not go up as high as some may like. While I personally could fit all these patterns, they seem to go no higher than a size 24. Anyone larger than that will have to be prepared to whip out the old calculator and make their own adjustments. However, that was the only quibble I had with this book! Big Girl Knits is an essential addition to ample knitters everywhere!
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LibraryThing member AnaNg
I had my reservations, but this book has a great section at the beginning on sizing and dressing the body you have. The patterns are generally OK.
LibraryThing member jennyo
Lovely patterns, but mostly this is worth it for the fantastic shaping/customization information in the front of the book.
LibraryThing member TheLibraryhag
This book has some really nice patterns and lots of advice about fitting for plus size bodies. There is a second coming out in 2008.
LibraryThing member knittingpanda87
This book has some great information about not only how to knit clothes that look good on plus size women but also how to dress in clothes you would buy from a store. It also has a great section on how to make measurments of your body before starting a knitted item and about ease in a knitted
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garment. I would like to make almost all of the patterns in the book as well. They are all really stylish and wouldn't make me feel older than I am like a lot of the plus size knitting patterns out there.
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LibraryThing member halifaxious
The tone is friendly and engaging. The section on how and where to measure is detailed and relatively straightforward. The book does best when it's describing qualitatively (e.g. short rows are added to make a wedge shape...) rather than quantitatively (e.g. (TND - F)/2... ). The math is solid,
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stepwise and correct but the presentation is stretched out over several pages with multitudes of acronyms. If you find yourself losing track, draw yourself a schematic and label it with all the acronyms.

The patterns are well-written and photographed. As with any book, tastes vary. The patterns are aimed at the 20-30 year old demographic.
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LibraryThing member craftimommi
love this one!

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