Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Review: Knitting the Perfect Fit by Melissa Leapman

Author: Melissa Leapman
ISBN: 978-0-307-58664-3
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group/Random House/Potter Craft
Approximate Retail Price: $22.99 (USD)/ $26.99 (CA)
Category: Crafts & Hobbies - Knitting
Availability: Paperback and eBook

Whether you want to design the perfectly fit sweater for yourself or to sell, this book is a must-have!  Melissa Leapman takes you through the steps of creating a sweater that fits.  No more "one-size-fits-all!"  We've all knit sweaters with the greatest optimism: we got gauge; bought gorgeous yarn; followed the pattern to a T.. but then, we block and try it on, and well, it doesn't quite fit.  It's heart-breaking.  It's frustrating.  And more over, it's not necessary.  Let Melissa Leapman show you how to fit your sweaters to your body type and how to obtain the look and feel you're hoping for.  This is one reference book sweater knitters shouldn't be without.  This book not only provides you with a course-within-a-book (Designer's Workshop), but with some nifty patterns that make terrific design examples of the tips and techniques Melissa is writing about.

Melissa takes you from knitting a sweater to knitting a couture garment.  She takes you on an exploration of fully fashioned techniques to provide amazing fit, visual interest, and a classic, sophisticated garment that's sure to be a staple in your wardrobe.

Let's take a peek at what's included in this fab book:

Chapter 1: The Basics
  • What Makes a Garment Fully Fashioned
  • Get Your Knitting Into Shape: Fully Fashioned How-Tos
    • Decreases
    • Increases
  • Knitting as a Foreign Language: Knitting Charts 101
  • Knitting to Flatter
    • Body Types
Chapter 2: Step Away from the Edge
Chapter 3: Designer Details
Chapter 4: Figure Flatterers
  • Designer Workshop - Knit a Fine Figure
    • The Triangle Body Shape
    • The Inverted Triangle Body Shape
    • Round Body Shapes
    • Rectangular Body Shapes
    • Hourglass Body Shapes
    • Special Design Consideration
      • Plus-Size Body Types
      • Petite Body Types
  • Pattern: Marie
  • Pattern: Glamour Girl
  • Pattern: Angled Ribs
  • Pattern: Charlie
  • Pattern: Jen
  • Pattern: Sydney
  • Pattern: Trompe l'Oeil
  • Pattern: Angie

I'm smitten with this book. Not only is the information extremely helpful in knitting sweaters that will actually fit, but the patterns cover a myriad of women's sizes (up to 4X).  This book is truly for every woman.  I really liked that the photography focused on the garments, not the "art" aspect.  The garments and their construction are easy to see in every photograph.  The swatches are very clear.  The Designer's Workshops are incredibly informative without being overly bogged down.  This is definitely an informative and enjoyable read.

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Disclosure: Crown Publishing sent KnitPurlGurl a copy of Knitting the Perfect Fit FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding review.  All opinions expressed in the review are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Crown Publishing, Potter Craft, Random House, or Melissa Leapman.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. I look forward to thumbing through it soon.


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