My current work in progress:

Veronika Cardigan, designed by Shannon Cook, knit from YOTH Daughter in the Black Truffle colorway, using U.S. size 8 needles.

Good Measure

If it is Wednesday, it must be time for a book review, right?

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This is Good Measure: Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time by Deborah Newton.

If you have been knitting for any length of time, the name Deborah Newton should mean something to you. She is a long-time designer, teacher, and author. Her previous books include Designing Knitwear and  Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters. In this new book, she teaches us how to select and adjust patterns to achieve a perfect fit, no matter your shape or size.

The book teaches you how to analyze a pattern so that you can customize it, make alterations in your knitting, and figure out how much ease you need in a garment. There is also a lot of useful information on choosing the right yarn for your project. And tips and tricks abut everything design and fit-related are sprinkled throughout the book.

There are 23 projects, and these projects are used as examples as the author goes into detail about the techniques and methods being explained. The patterns are offered in a wide variety of sizes, and there is a great deal of basic how-to information on techniques, tools, materials, etc.

You can preview the patterns on Ravelry. My faves:

Ribbed Yoke Cardi

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I thought this design looked familiar to me. This is why. 🙂 There are actually 4 different cardigans based on this pattern, and the author goes into detail in her chapter “Variations on a Theme.” The Ribbed Yoke Cardi is a pattern that appeared in Vogue Knitting a few years back . . .and that is when I knit it. Here it is expanded into three more variations: a short-sleeved cardi, one with a collar, and one with a peplum, so you can pick the one that looks best on your body type.

“Marbleized” Paper Skirt

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I just love this because it looks so much fun! The “Fit Lab” for this pattern is about incorporating shaping within pattern stitches. The skirt is a gentle a-line and the shape is achieved by varying the width of the lace pattern panels.

Houndstooth Coat and Overvest

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Speaking of so much fun, how fun is this? The coat is worked in a large houndstooth check design, and shaping is achieved by incorporating panels of smaller houndstooth checks. There is also a removable over-vest with a hood in the smaller check pattern.

This is a great book to have, not only for the great patterns, but to take your knitting to the next level and customize and alter patterns so that the garments you knit are flattering to you.

I selfishly want to keep my review copy, so I shamelessly asked Deborah if she could offer up a second copy for a giveaway and she kindly agreed — so we are giving away a signed copy to one of you.

To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Good Measure: Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time by Deborah Newtonplease leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, December 20, 2015. The random number generator will select a winner.

I’m still working along on my cowl, and Loki is just worn out from supervising. See?

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Comments

  1. I would love to own this book. Fitting has always been the biggest challenge. I’d love to know what I knit will fit.