Twinkle's Big City Knits: 31 Chunky-Chic Designs

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Wenlan Chia, creator of the acclaimed fashion line Twinkle by Wenlan, is famous for knitting bold, chunky yarn into delicate, feminine designs. The look is at once whimsical and hip, classic and trendy; in short, Wenlan’s knits are like nothing you’ve seen before. Now, she shares her patterns and her secrets with knitters everywhere.

Twinkle’s Big City Knits is a collection of 31 of Twinkle’s greatest hits that knitters can finally make at home. From a mohair shrug embellished ...

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Overview

Wenlan Chia, creator of the acclaimed fashion line Twinkle by Wenlan, is famous for knitting bold, chunky yarn into delicate, feminine designs. The look is at once whimsical and hip, classic and trendy; in short, Wenlan’s knits are like nothing you’ve seen before. Now, she shares her patterns and her secrets with knitters everywhere.

Twinkle’s Big City Knits is a collection of 31 of Twinkle’s greatest hits that knitters can finally make at home. From a mohair shrug embellished with ribbon and braids to a wrap vest with a plunging V-neck, every design in Twinkle’s Big City Knits puts an innovative, spin on classic knitwear and styles. Here are patterns for all of Twinkle’s hottest pieces: the bestselling seed-stitch Twinkle Hoodie, the cropped and flirty Best Friend Cardigan, the effortlessly trendy Shopping Tunic. For warmer weather, lighter colors and lighter knits reign, so you’ll find the classic sophistication of the Chanel-inspired Coco Jacket in soft pastels, a delicate and feather-soft scarf light enough for spring, as well as the St. Bart’s Mini that could very well be the perfect Little Black Dress. Full-color photographs and clear instructions make it easy to learn new techniques. In addition, Wenlan shares her advice on techniques, choosing yarns, and choosing materials to make knitting with chunky yarn as easy as it looks.

With designs this creative, colors this beautiful, and shapes this modern, you’ll want to make every project in this book—and they all knit up so quickly that you can!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307346117
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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Wenlan Chia launched Twinkle in the fall of 2000 with a collection of colorful and exuberant hand-knit sweaters and accessories. Making its runway debut in 2002, Twinkle received high praise from both the New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily. Since then, Wenlan has shown on the runway each season at Seventh on Sixth fashion week in Bryant Park. Wenlan has received well-deserved recognition from the fashion industry, winning major awards and nominations, including the Onward Kashiyama New Design Prize in Tokyo, the Competition of Young Fashion Designers in Paris, and the Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York, among others. Most recently, she was selected as one of “Spring’s Leading Ladies”— a group of five notable designers— by Vogue magazine.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     10
Introduction     11
Downtown
Groovy Sweater (Dress)     16
Best Friend Cardigan     18
Karate Sweater     20
Pilot Hat and Flying Gloves     22
Biker Vest     24
Chelsea Sweater     25
Balthazar Vest     26
Tuxedo Jacket     28
Resort
Seaside Sweater     32
St. Bart's Mini     34
Coco Jacket     35
Hamptons Halter     36
Twiggy Tunic     37
Feather Scarf     38
Convertible Cardigan     40
Night on the Town
Incredible Skirt     44
Princess Caplet     46
Mini Bolero     47
Marilyn Jacket     48
Evening Shell     50
Mohair Shrug     52
Shop the Town
Twinkle Hoodie     56
Aspen Hat     58
Skating Sweater     60
Rockefeller Sweater     62
Magic Shawl     64
Shopping Tunic     66
Diamond Scarf     68
Twinkle Tips     70
Twinkle Techniques     74
Abbreviations     81
Twinkle Patterns
Downtown     82
Resort     104
Night on the Town     126
Shop the Town     140
Yarn Resources     156
About the Author     157
Index     158
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Great designs. Don't be mislead by the knitted measurements.

    I've made 3 of these sweaters 'and I'm working on the 4th' and they stretched out very much. I wish she made all of her designs in XS. The small size stretches out to about a womens size 4 'I wear a 2 in J.Crew sizes'. I realize not everyone is this small but someone size 10-12 could wear the Large. I also understand that this book isn't for everyone. The designs are modern, youthful, and most are chunky 'which tends to make the wearer look larger', so it isn't intended for plus sizes or someone over the age of 40. I just can't get enough of the chunky, stylish, modern, quick knits. I love finishing a sweater in one weekend 'even with how slow I knit'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    goregous book

    I love this book, it is full of really cool and stylish knits, all done in bulky yarn. I'm posting to correct the misconceptions in the last two reviews. 1) there is an online page of errata - well, 3 pages, actually - like every other book I've bought in the last few years, it is full of them. Nothing beats Knitting Nature though for the amount of errors - another fab and cool book.... but this one is much simpler to follow! 2) Sizes - why is it people pay good money for books and are ready to discard them without really looking at them? In her preface, the writer clearly states that patterns are in 3 to 4 sizes XS or S, M, and L - which go up to a 38 bust. She stresses that one must ignore the knitted measurements, as these are meant to stretch to fit - negative ease, anyone?! This is great, as it stops the bulking effect one gets with thick yarns. In fact, whenever I knit a sweater from a Rowan bulky pattern, I always go down 2 sizes for the same effect. I made the hoodie in a medium and it is a little bit big, I could have used a small - and I am a medium......

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2009

    Beware - Wenlan Chia's Big City Knits Book

    THIS IS A WARNING. DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT buy Wenlan Chia's Big City knit book until you have obtained an error list for all the patterns in the book. What a nightmare, and what a great expense, you start to think that you're the one whose crazy not her. Never in all my years of knitting have I ever come across a pattern or knitting book choc o block full of egregious errors. Buyers beware.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2007

    Impossible to work with

    First of all, you should know that this book contains a great number of typos. I tried to knit one of the projects and it contained so many innaccuracies and things that are simple impossible to do that I have actually written to the company requesting my money back. It really is a horrible book. Perhaps they could have gotten someone to actually try to knit with the patterns in all the sizes to see if it works out, because, trust me, it doesn't. Save your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    Sizes are for size 4 and under (SERIOUSLY)

    These patterns are very pretty, but only a few of the patterns go as large as a 36 chest, the others are (SERIOUSLY) for busts as small as 24 inches. One of the 24 inch patterns has the largest available size instructions for 34 inches. These are meant to be a bit tight, but a 24' bust for an adult woman is unheard of, I have childrens patterns with chests of that same diameter. The main model is dangerously thin, and as someone recovering from an eating disorder, I found that alone very upsetting. Add that model's image to the fact that I would need to knit the large sizes throughout this book to be able to wear them (and I am a size 1-2) and it is just not the positive knitting experience I look for when I pick a book. I'll be passing on this book, which is really unfortunate because I was looking forward to it alot. If you want to knit with chunky yarns, take a look at the Yarn Girls books. If you are looking for designer looks, Loop d Loop, Fitted Knits, or Yarnplay might be a better fit. I did like that the pattern pages are made from a sturdier Matte finish paper, and the main garment pictures are on glossy paper.

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