'Not every piece will suit every body, but everybody will find something within these pages that will satisfy their need to create and express their individual styles'
- Mary Beth Temple, Author
Full-figured women who love to crochet will rejoice in this fun, fresh, and pretty new book, Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter. Instead of making adjustments to “average-size' patterns, this exciting guide celebrates larger women with 25 original crochet patterns designed specifically in plus sizes. Pullovers, sweaters, wraps, and more—every wardrobe staple you can think of is here, with techniques and schematics to show crocheters exactly how to troubleshoot and solve pattern-fitting problems before they occur. Expert crochet designer Mary Beth Temple, whose books can be found in major craft stores nationwide, teaches curvy crocheters everything needed to create fashionable items that will fit and flatter.
About the Author
Mary Beth Temple is a nationally known crochet designer whose work appears in Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, and Crochet World. She creates and publishes a popular pattern line, Hooked for Life, and her many books include DIY Afghans and The Perfect Pillow. Mary Beth has hosted the interactive podcast, “Getting Loopy,” which won the Flamie Award three times in a row (2009, 2010, 2011) for Best Crochet Podcast, and was among the top 200 shows on the Blog Talk Radio network for 2009. Temple lives in New Jersey.
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Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: Projects that Fit and Flatter_—Û
Finding Shapes that Flatter_—Û
Measuring for Fit_—Û
Choosing the Best Yarn_—Û
Chapter 2: Finding Your Fit_—Û
Using Gauge Swatches_—Û
Assessing the Pattern_—Û
Adapting Hemlines and Sleeves_—Û
Shaping the WaistÎ_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_ _—Û
Modifying for Fit: A Sample Project_—Û
Chapter 3: Pullovers, Tunics, and Tank Tops
Curvy Cowl-Neck Pullover_—Û
Progressive TunicÎ_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_Î_ _—Û
Aperture Tunic _—Û
Sweetheart Tank Top_—Û
Perfect Base Tank Top_—Û
Orange Marmalade Shell_—Û
Chapter 4: Cardigans, Coats, and Jackets_—Û
Dulcet Wrap Cardigan_—Û
Simply Stripes Jacket_—Û
Peacoat for Rule Breakers_—Û
Chapter 5: Wraps, Bags, and Accessories_—Û
Skirt the Issue_—Û
Techniques and Stitches_—Û
Skill Level Key_—Û
Stitch Diagram Key
Hook Sizing and Abbreviations_—Û
Standard Yarn Weights_—Û
Metric Equivalency Chart_—Û
About the Author_—Û
One thing I’ve learned from years of designing patterns: If you put 50 plus-sized women in a room, no two of them will be plus-sized in quite the same way.
I worried about this when I began creating this book_—”how would I come up with patterns that would suit everyone? In the end, I decided that this was a wonderful opportunity to create flattering garments for all sorts of different body types. Not every piece will suit every body, but everybody will find something within these pages that will satisfy their need to create and to express their individual styles. After all, aren’t cookie-cutter clothes what we are trying to step away from?
You know what will suit everybody? Crochet! While you may have heard that crochet garments weren’t flattering for plus-sized figures, those bulky, boxy garment shapes referred to by the crochet naysayers are a thing of the past. Contemporary crochet designers know what you are about to find out_—”that using lightweight yarns, open stitch patterns, garment shaping, or a combination of all three creates beautiful garments with style and drape. Crochet really does lend itself to garments that fit and flatter.
In this book you’ll find crocheted pullovers, cardigans, coats, wraps, jackets, and more. An entire wardrobe of year-round looks, designed with your curves in mind. But I’ve also included tips, tricks, and techniques for determining how to alter these patterns to fit your unique shape. I know most of you will skip over the instructional material at the beginning of this book and turn right to the eye candy_—”the patterns! But I do hope you read over all of that mathy goodness in chapters 1 and 2 before you start stitching. In the back of the book you’ll find stitch patterns, yarn information, and a host of other resources, although I can’t say I blame you for heading right for the good stuff.
So turn the pages and explore the possibilities. Your style, your body, your turn!
ISBN 978-1-60085-412-5 Video No Author Mary Beth Temple Publication Year 2012 Dimensions 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 Pages 160 Photo 75 Drawings 10 Other Formats 77868 Cover Paperback
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