My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply, using 3.25mm needles.

Knits That Fit

I have here a review copy of Knits that Fit: Instructions, Patterns, and Tips for Getting the Right Fit edited by Potter Craft. This 144-page book is due to be released a week from today, on April 26.

This is a combination of a collection of tips and tutorials for fitting hand knits as well as 23 patterns from such designers as Lily Chin, Annie Modesitt, Berta Karapetyan, and Sally Melville.

The first chapter is all about fit and includes a lot of great information on customizing patterns, measuring for a perfect fit, the different sweater shapes, and other tips for achieving a good fit. These sections are written by Sally Melville, Amy R. Singer, and Jillian Moreno. Chapters Two, Three, and Four contain patterns — for pullovers, cardigans and cover-ups, and short-sleeve and sleeveless sweaters, respectively. All of these designs have lovely details that help ensure a great fit. A few of my favorites:

The “Corded Sweater” by Berta Karapetyan has lovely waist shaping and cable detailing.

And the ” Sea Shell Cardi,” also by Berta Karapetyan, is a masterpiece of shaping.

Mary Weaver’s “Audrey Pullover” has a classic shape achieved with darts.

In the back of the book it states that portions of the work were originally published in other books — Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits both by Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer, Knits Three Ways by Melissa Matthay, Mother-Daughter Knits by Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter, Romantic Hand Knits by Annie Modesitt, and Runway Knits by Berta Karapetyan. This is a great compilation of the best of those volumes.

I have most of these other books, so I am giving away this copy of Knits that Fit. Who would like it?

To be entered in the drawing to receive this book, leave a comment to this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time this Sunday, April 24, 2011. At that time I’ll draw a name at random from the comments posted.

My Current WIP

My current work in progress is, shockingly, another shawl knit from the bottom up, but this one is a little different from the last few I’ve done.

I am using laceweight instead of fingering weight, and using a smaller needle — a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm). Here it is:

This is Dragonfly Fibers Squishy Lace (100% merino wool, 870 yards per 4 ounce skein) in the Villainess colorway. Love the name of the colorway!

Lucy is resting up because she knows at some point in the near future more shawl-blocking will ensue!



  1. That sounds like a very interesting book!
    Aberdonian´s last blog post ..This post contains good news!

  2. Mujercita says:

    That book looks incredibly useful!

  3. Looks like some interesting patterns in this book, and to have the information combined from several sources might be useful – I would love to win it.

  4. Bridgette says:

    Looks like a great book! Would love to win it! Lucy’s looks gorgeous as always 😉

  5. I would love a copy of the book, cause I’d LOVE to knit something that fit really well (besides socks, I got those figured out!)

  6. I totally NEED this book – I’ve done 2 sweater and neither one fits.

  7. OOOOOO Would LOOOOVVVVEEEE this book!!! 🙂
    Lesley´s last blog post ..14 days till the wedding

  8. The book looks great, particularly the seashell cardi.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  9. Rachel Peterson says:

    I would really love to own that book. I have tried to knit a sweater with some disastrous results. This would be a great life and time saver!

  10. Please enter me in the drawing. Shaping in my knitting is my current fascination!

  11. Seems like a nice collection of sweaters–perhaps a book that would help me get over my fear of knitting a real sweater, lol.

  12. Kim Dixon says:

    Love all these shawls! And the “simple” one will be a great lace project for a beginner like me. I’m making some diamond pattern lace socks, and I’m finally sort of getting the hang of lace. But just sort of.

    I hope I am the lucky winner of KNITS THAT FIT!

  13. What beautiful garments. Thank you for your generosity in giving this copy away!

  14. Karen W M. says:

    Sure could use Knits that Fit: Instructions, Patterns, and Tips for Getting the Right Fit. Most patterns must be adjusted to fit this body.

  15. Another great give-a-way.

  16. That book looks really interesting. I’d love to win it.

  17. Boy, do I need instruction on how to make knits that actually fit! It looks like a good book to add to the library!

  18. That looks like just the book I need! I’m looking forward to starting your Japanese Garden Shawl soon.

  19. PoodleYarn says:

    I have yet to start my first sweater because I am scared about the fit. I am VERY picky about how my clothes look on me. I bet this book would help!! Please pick me!

  20. I would love the book — thanks for offering up your copy!

  21. I admit it….. I have sweater fear – fear of it not fitting, or looking right – and it’s kept me from making a sweater for far too long! I’d love a copy of this book, free or not!

    Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  22. I would love to win this book! Thanks for being so generous!!

  23. Since I do not own any of those other books, I am even more interested in this book.

    Yes, Villainess is a great name for a colorway.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..The Good- the Bad- and the Splotchy

  24. I’d love to win the book. I haven’t knitted a sweater in many years so I could use the information.

  25. This sounds like a book every knitter should own, so I’m throwing my hat into the ring.

  26. Ooh, love that Sea Shell Cardi! I’d love to win the book. 🙂
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Create as children

  27. Heather K says:

    This book sounds like it would really help me make things that fit, which would really be nice. The last two sweaters went to very appreciative cousins, LOL.
    And your new shawl looks loverly, are those trees in the corners? Interesting.

  28. Oh yes! What a great looking book, I’d love it!

  29. patshuff says:

    My shape demands that I get this book somehow. I would love to win it, but will buy it if I have to. Thanks.

  30. Interesting book! Hope you have a lovely week-end.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..A Nod to the Ancestors

  31. The Audrey Pullover is super cute!

  32. Looking fwd to your lace book, Wendy.

  33. Will be looking for the book once it come out! Thanks for the update.

  34. I am a totally random person who’d love to be fit!

  35. Oh my, I love, love, love the Audrey Pullover. Please enter me in the drawing!

  36. Jackie-Lynn says:

    Hi Wendy,
    All the beautiful shawls you have been knitting are inspiring me! We’ve had a baby boom at our church, so as soon as my bootie – hat gifts are done, I want to start one of your shawls…

  37. Donna Jefferis says:

    The book on fitting looks really interesting. I have to limit my knitting at the moment due to a sore damaged arm, it is so annoying as there are so many things I want to get on and knit . Thanks for you blog it is fun to read and really love the last shawl you knitted, will be buying pattern looks like a good one to start with, arm please heal up now!!!!

  38. Michele Cashen says:

    I love everything you knit. And the book sounds fabulous. Hope I win!

  39. Stephanie says:

    So nice of you to share with us!
    I could use a good fit!

  40. Amazing! I always enjoy your blog and would love to win this book. I just finished a sweater that fits me well and I want to be able to repeat!

  41. I love the name, too!

  42. I was just looking for reviews of this book. I would love to win, that seashell cardi looks amazing and I have a pile of brand new birthday present yarn that needs a project.

  43. Just gobsmacked by how quickly you knit up those lovely shawls! How do you do it?

    And also, the book sounds like it would be very handy to have. Thank you for the give-away.

  44. Wow, over 340 comments! I won’t stand a chance but I love the look of the book and it’s something I’ve been looking for so hopefully I will win.

    Thanks for the chance!

    My boys send Lucy their warmest regards.

  45. I’d love to win this book… still on the hobby spending diet, so this might help my urges.

  46. Me! ME! (Waves hand wildly hoping teacher will call on ME).

    Actually, I have several of the books that this book contains bits from…and I use pieces of each one…it would be SO nice to have the useful bits all in one place…

  47. Stephanie RJ says:

    What a lovely looking book! The Seashell Cardi is stunning.

  48. Phyllis D. Wright says:

    Ok, so I have finally gotten to Raverly to purchase my Japanese Garden Shawl and of course I had to check out you other patterns, and of course I had to buy a couple extra. I really enjoy your blog, your sock work, and your shawls. I’m all ready on the list for your book that comes out in August of this year but I have a question. Will you be doings a KAL again on Raverly again any time soon? Enjoy the day ♥

  49. I want the book!

  50. Kristin/HLMauera says:

    I’d love to have a copy of the book! I’m terrified of starting a sweater/top and having done all the work to find it doesn’t fit. So I haven’t. This book might help.

  51. Would love to have this book. I can use all the help I can get.

  52. I not only want that book, I need that book! Thanks for doing the Red Cross donations!

  53. Please help someone with a funny shape learn to make sweaters that fit her better….

  54. Peggy Taylor says:

    I’ll take it and be very greatful!

  55. That book would find a nice home at my place. Looking forward to seeing your new shawl. I like the edging.

  56. So many sweater fails. I need this book!

  57. I love that first sweater. Lucy must be loving life with all the recent blocking. 🙂

  58. I need all the fit help I can get. The book looks great.

  59. Helen Johnson says:

    You’re inspiring me to try knitting shawls now, especially with the latest completed one you have. Now I just need to work up the courage. 🙂

    Give Lucy an earscritch for me and have a happy Easter!


    –ps, I’d love a copy of that fitting book. 😉

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  61. Ooh, another book giveaway! And the patterns look yummy! Sign me up, please.

  62. I like the look of this next shawl. Can’t wait to see it bigger.
    Carol´s last blog post ..From my needles to yours

  63. Very generous of you to part with such a great book!

  64. aknitontheside says:

    That does indeed look like a great compilation. I’ll be looking out for it.

  65. My sister would love the sea shell cardigan! Thanks for the review.

  66. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia says:

    Gasp! Knits are supposed to fit?

    Amazing concept…

    Loving that seashell cardi.

  67. Could really use this one!!

  68. Although I’ve had good luck making socks that fit, the two sweaters I have made so far were disasters. I clearly need this book!

  69. It sounds like a great book–i would love to have it.

  70. I love the color of your new shawl!

  71. That looks like a great book.

    Also love the shawl color

  72. Maybe that book would drag me away from mostly shapeless sweaters. The new shawl is looking very interesting.

  73. I’d love a chance to win the book too. Thanks for offering!

  74. I would love to win this book. It looks like it will be very helpful. It’s always so scary knitting sweaters, wondering if they are going to fit and flatter.

  75. Please add my name to the “would love to win the book” column!

    the new shawl – love, love, love the color! and I can’t wait to see it finished. When do you sleep??

    (sending cyber-scritches to Lucy…)

  76. mwknitter says:

    The shawl looks great – the yarn just looks so squishy. I agree about that sea shell cardi. I love shaping that i s designed into the pattern.

  77. I would love to win this book! Thanks!

  78. The color of your new shawl is beautiful. The book would be very useful.

  79. Love the latest finished shawl. Would live the book and tks for giving it away!

  80. Pam Carter says:

    Love your blog. Love your books. Would love to win the book:)

  81. What a fantastic book to add to any knitter’s library. Essential fitting techniques, patterns, and how to’s all in one. Thanks for posting this great review!
    Bonnie Zink´s last blog post ..Knitterly Authors…

  82. linda-kay says:

    That book sounds fantastic! Thanks for the opportunity Wendy! I was looking at your upcoming lace book and can’t wait for it to be published! Gizmo sends his regards to Lucy!

  83. I also love that seashell cardi. I am not good at making thing fit well…looks like book I need to get my hands on. Thanks for sharing!

  84. Denise in Ohio says:

    Please don’t let Lucy get too tired out for the blocking. Also enter for the book. Thanks.

  85. Hi Wendy – I am working on the Japanese Garden Shawl – and loving the way it goes faster as you get further along!!
    Please enter me in your book draw!!

  86. Wow, just look at that piece on the cover.

  87. Charlotte says:

    The book looks great — I’m always trying to adjust patterns — so the book would be a big help.

  88. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  89. I am right now working on modifying a sweater pattern to fit me – what great timing for this book to come to my attention! Even if I don’t win the book, I now know it exists and can go looking for it! 🙂

  90. Sounds like a book I need. My knitted projects, other than socks, seldom fit as well as I’d like them to. Maybe this book could improve my techniques.

  91. oooh… would love this! Am quite a fan of the garment on the cover!

  92. “Knit’s That Fit” sounds like the perfect book that everyone should have in their personal library! I will be anxious to find it when I go to the bookstore, but I know I would LOVE winning the copy you are giving away! I enjoy learning as much as possible from every book I acquire. Thank you !!!

  93. Beautiful review of the book, please enter me in the drawing. Thanks, love that Lucy, she is gorgeous!

  94. I would love a copy of that book! 🙂
    Katie´s last blog post ..Website up!

  95. Hope Kehrhahn Hyatt says:

    Love to have it.

  96. that looks like a great book, I’d love make room for it on my bookshelf!

  97. I’ll probably buy this book, but I can’t resist a shot at getting it free 🙂

  98. Oh my. I’m just about to start my first sweater. With the investment in yarn and time, I sure would be pleased if the sweater actually fit!! Thanks for the opportunity, Wendy!

    P.S. I have your sock books – LOVE them!

  99. Chris in CA says:

    Love your work. Thanks for all the help.

  100. I’ve always struggled with shaping my knits. Would LOVE to win the book.