I received a review copy of Melissa Leapman’s new book Knitting the Perfect Fit last week.
This book is all about using fully fashioned shaping t0 achieve couture results.
Do you know the term fully fashioned? I used to see it all the time in knitting patterns years ago, as in “Shape the fully fashioned armholes.” In the introduction to this book, Melissa Leapman explains the concept of fully fashioning:
“It is the construction difference between an $80 J. Crew cashmere V-neck sweater and the one that sells for $200 in the same catalog. Though both are knitted out of the same soft yarn, the less expensive sweater is usually made by assembling front, back, or sleeve pieces cut from huge bolts of machine-knit fabric and then sewn with a serger, while the more expensive sweater is created with hand-manipulated, machine-made knitting stitches.”
It’s all in the details.
The book covers a lot of basic information.
There’s a lot of great information on increase and decrease methods, how to read a chart, etc.
There are a number of exercises with instructions for swatches to knit that demonstrate the techniques being explained.
There are 19 patterns for sweaters, and each one of them has information on the type of figure the particular pattern will flatter.
The appendix has a lot of great information as well — lots of how-tos for general techniques and finishing.
I am pleased to note that all the sweater designs but one are knit in pieces. Longtime readers know of my preference for knitting a garment in pieces and sewing it together. I maintain that you get a better fit and the sweater will hang better with seams. There are times, of course, when a design lends itself to being knitted in the round, but knitting something in the rounds because you don’t like seaming does not always give the best results.
All in all, this looks like a great book for anyone who is interested in creating better fitting knits.
In other news, I’m knitting along on a massive project.
And Lucy is chillin’.