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Book Review: Big Girl Knits by Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer

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I’m a knitting designer as well as a Blogcritic … you can find my books on Amazon. Accordingly, I’m almost ashamed to think of how many sweaters I’ve knitted for myself over the years with boring, boxy shapes! After reading Big Girl Knits by Jillian Moreno and Amy Singer, I look back at some of the sweaters in my closet and want to tear them out!

Here’s the book’s official description:

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.

What they leave out is that you don’t have to be a size 22 to benefit from the tips and tricks Moreno and Singer teach! Knitting something that actually fit my (extremely wide) shoulders would inevitably hang over my (relatively flat) chest. Never a good look, and never again! Big Girl Knits is brilliant … it’s got all the shaping information you’ll ever need to make yourself flattering, fashionable handknits. Whether you have a big chest, a beer gut or a booty like mine, there’s something for you in this book. The clever writing and excellent technical data encourages knitters of all skill levels to take off the tents and knit things that really fit.

(Added bonus: it takes more yarn to knit a tent than it does to knit a shapely sweater. Less money spent on one project equals more for the next one … which, if you’re a knitter, is a reason to buy this book all by itself).

I can’t wait for the sequel!

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