My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm 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.

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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.

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

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

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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:

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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!

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  1. I’m becoming addicted to knitting your shawls from the bottom up. Autumn Dream and Japanese Garden completed, Antimacassar looks to be the next one. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Wendy
    This is my first post to you although I have been reading your blog for quite sometime. I esp like the shawl you completed Friday–how do we get the pattern? And esp wanted to get a chance to win the new book, yet to be released, Knits that Fit. so here’s hoping I’ve done this right! PomMom21 (alias Linda C.)

  3. Lovely patterns in the book!
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  4. Lucy rests so elegantly. And yes, I’d love a copy of the book please!

  5. Diana Hirsch says:

    Lucy has been working overtime, with all the shawls you’ve created recently. She deserves a nap (lookin’ cute, kitty).
    I’d love to win the book, too.

  6. It’s quite interesting to see knitting designers incorporate sizing techniques from dressmaking – count me in for a copy of the book!

  7. Do you ever bead your shawls?

  8. Debbie H says:

    O wpi;d love to win. It looks like a really good book. Say hi to Lucy for me! Debbie in Alaska

  9. It looks like a great book! I’d love to have it!

  10. My goodness – that book looks very useful! Lucy is looking lovely, as usual.
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  11. Maryanne says:

    That seashell cardigan looks like a masterpiece of engineering, but I think the Audrey pullover would suit my body better…Can’t wait to see your newest shawl!

  12. These are beautiful designs! I would love this book.

  13. Me me, pick me! Pretty please! x

  14. Count me in. I am always up for a new book. Thanks for the chance.

  15. That sounds like a really useful book – I’d certainly like to get hold of a copy!
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  16. That would be a trick for me knitting something that fits. I knit gauge and everything is always huge when I knit it, especially socks but I keep trying.

  17. Margaret Peck says:

    The book sounds great. I could use a book with plus sizes in it.

  18. Laura from beautiful West Michigan says:

    Thanks again for your generousity! That book looks wonderful. Love that seashell sweater.

  19. I like that cover sweater. 🙂

  20. Would love the book – thankyou for the giveaway.
    And your book is also on Knit picks soon to be released list with cover picture!

  21. My daughter would so love to have this book. If I win, I’ll give it to her.

  22. Mrs. Meg C says:

    This book sounds like all the best parts of the books I keep considering, but rejecting because only a portion sounds good to me. I will probably get this regardless!

  23. Thanks for the opportunity. I don’t have the other books so would appreciate giveaway.

  24. Looks like a great book! I’d love to have a copy.

  25. Love the book! I’m very in to fitting knitwear!

  26. Pick me! Pick me! I’d get that book for the first chapter alone. The patterns are a nice bonus!

  27. Thanks for another great give away. Am struggling with fit – always seem to make things too big/loose. Looks like a great book (and cheaper than a psychologist!)

  28. Andrea in Tn says:

    This sounds like a great way to get alot of information from one book. Thanks Andrea in TN

  29. Since I am into fitted knits, I would really love to win it!

    Thanks for offering the giveaway!
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  30. Wendy in Indy says:

    Enter me, enter me. Looks like a cool book.

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  32. Melissa Barbour says:

    This book would improve my knitting life. And my daughters want sweaters that fit THEM, not some unknown model. Thanks!!

  33. Lorraine Calautti says:

    I would love to win the book. Love the colors of the yarn in the new shawl. Great name for the color too.

  34. Very nifty, sounds like a good book. Would love a copy!

  35. Hope I win!

  36. Looks like a great book.

  37. Would love to have more info on making my knits fit better. Nice book.
    Also, glad to know another Dr. Who fan…

  38. Some of those patterns are really tempting. I’d love to win. Thanks.

  39. Jeanne Ramella says:

    Thanks for thinking of your fellow knitters

  40. Jane Wilson says:

    I would love to add this book to my library. I only guess at what to do to make a sweater fit.

  41. I am enjoying knitting your shawls so I am very excited about your book in August. cd

  42. I’d love to win the book!

  43. Fitting continues to be the bane of my knitting existence. Any help I could get from this book would be welcome!

  44. Jennifer says:

    What a great book!

  45. That book looks like it would be really helpful and what beautiful patterns!

  46. This looks like a great book for any knitting library!

  47. Those patterns are beautiful, and I’d love that book!

    My kitties say hello to Lucy. One of them does, anyway. The other would run in fear. (His name is Mouse for a reason — most things scare him.)

  48. What a lovely book. And I love the cable shaped pullover!

  49. LoriAnne says:

    I keep procrastinating knitting a sweater for fear I won’t like the shape… could be perfect!

  50. I’m looking forward to your new book on Lace Knitting. I know it’s not the one you’re giving away!

  51. Looks like a great book! It’s always interesting to see how other knitter fit and customize patterns. 🙂
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  52. That looks like a super book. I wouldn’t mind having it.

  53. Jo Ann a says:

    I love this type of pattern. Hope I am the lucky one.

  54. Want to start wearing clothes that fit the body I now have; this book would be helpful.

  55. Wow, this book sounds like a must have. One I would definitely love to have in my library.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  56. I would love to have the book. My sweaters turn out too big.

  57. Looks like an awesome book… even sounds like it!
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  58. Jenny Hice says:

    You have inspired me to make some shawls. Your work is beautiful.

  59. Elizabeth says:

    What a great book to have on hand! It is all about fit, right? I would love to be considered for the book. Thanks

  60. Yes please, enter me in the book random drawing!

  61. Lady Katherine says:

    Love the colorway you are using on your shawl in progress. also would love to have the book. thanks for having your blog out there, i enjoy reading it all the time. katherine

  62. Helle "Gracie" Berry says:

    Love reading your “ramblings” and watching your knitting progress. Just amazed at your output volume.
    And I am working on learning more after all these years of knitting, would love to own this book!

  63. Ooohhh! Nifty book!

  64. Ooh, I would love to win this! Any book that can help us fluffier girls to make a more flattering sweater is always appreciated.

  65. Susan aka paintermom says:

    I would love the book!

    I love the shawls you have been doing lately! I have so much sock yarn but most of it is in the 400 yd range. I might just have to buy more of something so I can make them!

  66. kristine says:

    Love all your shawls. I always seem to be knitting for someone else’s baby or socks for my husband. . . Love that too, but one of these days I’ll have to do something for myself. Would love to win the book!

  67. Beverly (db81971) says:

    This book looks awesome, very educational.

  68. Donna Christiansen says:

    Just took a class from Lily Chin at Stitches South. Would love to win the book!

  69. I learned to knit to make sweaters that would fit my unusual upper body shape. This book sounds like a winner!

  70. I’d love to win the book, I think the reason I’m too scared to knit things for me is that I am scared that they won’t fit.

  71. love that Seashell Cardi!

  72. I think I’m just startng to get the hand of making sweaters that fit so I would love this book. Thank you!
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  73. Oooh, I love the Audrey pullover 🙂
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