Look what I found in my mailbox! A book book that deserves to be on every knitter’s bookshelf, Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog. I’m a sucker for a beautiful book, and I’d buy this one for the end binding alone – just look at those darling swiss dots – I tell you I admired that for simply ages before I opened the book! It even has a different cloth-like texture – it is beautiful in the dark! (You can see my mom’s new kitten agreed, choosing this book to be the very first to test his teeth on.) I didn’t wait too long to crack it open and found that the subtitle says it all – The only instructions you’ll ever need to knit sweaters that make you look good and feel great!
It is true!
Chapter One is perhaps the single most important chapter you will ever read about making knits fit your particular body shape. Notice I said shape not size. This is the key element. We all need to learn to accurately measure our bodies. We need to view our bodies from the side not just straight on. We need to determine our own silhouette – the outline of our body that does not change regardless if we gain or lose weight.
Amy guides you through the process step by step, like only a best friend or beloved sister can do. And that is who Amy will become to you. You may find yourself hauling the book around just for reassurance on those days that you feel like no one loves you. Amy does, you can count on it, her warmth an good humor envelope you!
In Knit to Flatter 9 models of all different shapes and sizes are used throughout the book. No freaky photoshop here folks, real women with real bodies. As it turns out there are just 3 basic body shapes, and each of us fits into one of them despite fluctuations in our weight. Certain sweater shapes and particularly certain sweater details, will be best suited for a particular body type, and Amy outlines them, annotating the photographs so you instantly understand what she means. She does not stop there – everyone has particular figure features and Amy helps you to determine what alterations may especially flatter your own, very individual shape.
If alterations sound daunting, not to worry – Amy’s clear instructions and suggestions make the work an adventure. And the lessons you learn can be applied in the same way to any sweater you may knit from here on out.
Which brings me to the patterns! Even if you never want to alter a pattern or care to discover what your body type is, the 18 patterns are reason enough to buy this book! Besides Amy, Caro Sheridan, Kirsten Kapur and Elinor Brown each contribute a design.
These are all gorgeous wearable designs and each one includes ideas for modification, so you can make it fit you perfectly and add your own personal signature. Of course I’m partial to Striper Wrap, which cleverly incorporates motif #172 from my stitch dictionary, 200 Fair Isle Motifs, but I might just attempt Chemera Cardigan, with it’s pretty cabled panels, shown with both short and long sleeves…I’d do short for summer!
That is another thing, there are lots and lots of photographs- and as I said before, no fewer that NINE different models are featured. Very ambitious, and very successful. If only all publishers understood that the extra costs and effort such an undertaking requires is well worth it.
Ok- have I gushed enough? Because I could go on – but let’s get to the giveaway!
Leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of Knit to Flatter…Let’s talk about your own knitting – a project that worked – a project that didn’t – or your favorite kind of project. Comments will stay open until midnight Tuesday April 23. I’ll use one of those random number selectors to choose a winner.
This blog tour continues, with more chances to win Knit to Flatter, and highly entertaining reading from my favorite bloggers and peers:
Monday, April 15: Rock and Purl – Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Tuesday, April 16: Mind of Winter – Julia Trice
Wednesday, April 17: Mary Jane Mucklestone You are here!
Thursday, April 18: Moth Heaven – Julia Farwell-Clay
Friday, April 19: Baby Cocktails – Thea Colman
Saturday, April 20: Knitting At Large – Julie Matthews
Sunday, April 21: ADD Knitter
Monday, April 22: Savory Knitting – Amy Christoffers
Tuesday, April 23: Carole Knits
And don’t miss Amy’s Craftsy Class!
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