Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Resultsby Melissa Leapman
This is the first book that delves deeply into easily mastered techniques that can be used to adapt and customise any project. Knitting the Perfect Fit is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in learning and perfecting shaping details in their knitting. Acclaimed designer and teacher Melissa Leapman distills one of her most in-demand workshops into an authoritative guide that will help knitters understand how designer details and shaping actually work. From a variety of necklines and arm details to different trompe l'oeil shaping techniques that offer a more slimming and flattering look to any garment no matter your body type. Each technique is thoroughly explained with tips and exercised and then showcased in 21 appealing projects that allow knitters to practise their new skills.
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Melissa Leapman is a widely published sweater designer whose patterns have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, McCall’s, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Knit It!, and Interweave Knits magazines. Leapman has worked as a freelance designer for many leading ready-to-wear manufacturers, noted design houses, and major yarn companies. In addition, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are extremely popular with crafters at all skill levels. She lives in New York City.
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This would be a fantastic beginner book. I was a little dissapointed in the patterns and it was basic in regards to "full fashion shaping" concept - it could have been discussed in a magazine article. I gave it 3 out of 5 because I consider myself to be more of an advanced knitter and the book did not teach me anything new. There were a few patterns I really liked, but the majority of them I wouldnt knit. Too many were raglan. I do wish I had seen this book 15 years ago.
This would be a good beginner's book, but it has plenty for the experienced knitter, too. Much of the information about using full-fashioning to create style lines is mixed in with the patterns, so it's worth reading through them, whether or not you intend to knit them. All of the sweaters have shaped armholes; no excess sagging fabric. Even the ones with set-in sleeves are within a beginner's reach. Good inspiration.