My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 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. I would love the book. Thank you.

  2. Sue Robinson says:

    I love seeing the lace projects fly off your needles. I enjoy putting lace up long sleeved cardies and pull-overs. I would love some help with getting a better fit with my knit projects.

  3. PICAdrienne says:

    Oh, that would be a lovely book to have.

  4. Lovely shawl! Lovely book!

  5. I’d love to win the book, thanks for doing the drawing!

  6. A book about knits that fit would be great for my ‘shapey’ figure. Plus, the book comes out on my wedding anniversary…is that worth any more karma points?

  7. I’d love this! I enjoyed the Big Girl Knits book, but the patterns in this are really compelling.

    Also, I’ve loved the series of shawls you’ve worked on lately. Beautiful. 🙂
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  8. Me Me Me! I really want to work to understand fit better – especially different ways of making fit work in knitting (I still think too much like a sewer, I think 🙂 Thanks for the info!

  9. I really like the Audrey pullover.

  10. The Audrey Pullover looks very nice, would love to get the book! 🙂

  11. Oh boy do I need this book. I’ve just started to get the hang of short rows for the bust but there’s a long way to go before I get a sweater to really fit me well!.

    Your current rate of production of shawls is absolutely mind boggling! I’m so impressed!
    Also by the fantastic figure for you Japanese Garden Shawl!

  12. I love to knit for my wife and this would be the perfect book for that.

  13. Christine Berl says:

    Definitely the hardest part about knitting. I really need this book.

  14. Love the Corded Pullover – count me in the drawing please.

  15. Awesome book. Lovely color for the new work.

  16. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance
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  17. I love that seashell cardi, too! And I’d love to win the book. I’d love to be able to shape my knit garments to fit my odd frame. Thanks for the opportunity! BTW, I’m loving the shawl inspiration. You’ll have me doing one soon at this rate. 🙂

  18. Would love to win the book!
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  19. I have never had luck with fitting knitted pieces so the book sounds like a perfect fit for me. I love the cardigan.

  20. I would love to have this book!

  21. The book looks fantastic! I’d love to know how you wear your shawls.
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  22. I would love to win the book!

  23. I would love the copy of this book! Reading knitting patterns is almost as enjoyable as knitting them!

  24. I love the color of the shawl!! And I would love to be entered for a chance to win this book!
    Pat´s last blog post ..Staying on the Right Path

  25. Oooh, me! Being a Lady of Generous Proportions make it hard to get things to fit properly, especially as I am Large of Bust and Small of Waist.

  26. Caty Bach says:

    I have to like hard about this book….the information looks good and I don’t have all of the books. It could be a good addition.

  27. I would love a chance to win the book and your shawl is fabulous. Happy Easter!!! And Lucy, you are way too cute princess.

  28. Arlene Hoose says:

    This sounds like a great book. Would love to
    own it!!!

  29. Katherine says:

    This book and your upcoming lace book are now on my have-to-have list!

  30. Alycia C says:

    I would LOVE to win that awesome book!

  31. Count me in on this one please! I’m always on a mission to improve fit.

  32. Please enter me for the knits that fit book.

    thank you.

  33. Thanks for offering another giveaway, looks like a great book! There’s been something I’ve been wondering about though: what do you do with all the shawls you knit? They’re lovely — do you wear one to work every day?

  34. This book would be a great addition to my bookshelf, as I’m always tweaking patterns to fit me! I love the new shawl design, if only there was a book about how to fit more knitting time in the day 🙂
    Have a nice day
    Daniela from France
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  35. Dropping my name in the hat.
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  36. Alice Moisen says:

    That is just the book I need. The seashell cardigan is awesome. Hope I win

  37. I would really love the book “Knits that Fit” fairly new knitter. Still working on my first Pi Shawl…loving it

  38. ooh! Want!

  39. Thanks for posting about the book. I appreciate the chance to win it, and will look for it if I don’t.

  40. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you for the chance!

  41. That book sounds very useful! Would love to read it.

  42. Thanks for the chance to win.
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  43. The color of your shawl is so pretty! And I’ll play along for the book giveaway. I’m still new enough to knitting that I haven’t actually attempted a sweater yet, but I’m spoiled by sewing my own clothes and used to them fitting pretty well. So I don’t want to knit a boxy sweater!
    Becky´s last blog post ..Im baaaack

  44. Love that corded sweater!

  45. Looks like a great resource! Count me in.

  46. Diane Snyder says:

    I *NEED* this book! Everything I’ve knitted so far ends up going home with someone else because I can never get all the shapes correct to fit me. The Sea Shell cardi is calling my name…

  47. That green lace yarn is beautiful! From the book, I think the Audrey Pullover is my favorite so far – nice & simple.

  48. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “Knits that Fit.” This zaftig, apple-shaped woman has a heck of a time finding patterns that flatter and a ’round’ figure. This book would be much appreciated.

  49. Oh MY! Nice looking book, I’ll raise my hand for a chance at that one 🙂

  50. Judith Smith says:

    Great add to my collection.

  51. I love your latest shawl. The stitches you chose are perfect and the color is awesome. Thanks for reviewing this book. It looks like one that should reside with me! Does Lucy like books? My kitties think they are great resting places, especially when I am reading them.
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  52. Wow that sounds like a great book! Do love that grey beautifully shaped cardigan! Thanks!

  53. cureuskitte says:

    I’m in the middle of makin my first sweater, so any help would be great! Sign me up for the drawing.

  54. That book sounds great!

  55. I just found your website!! Yeah!!
    You are an awesome knitter, I wish you would come to my house and knit with me!

    Book looks great, if I don’t win it
    I will likely buy it

  56. That book looks real handy! Love the Villainess colorway you’re using for your shawl.

  57. I love the Audrey pullover.

  58. cathy goldman says:

    Wow those designs are gorgeous…..

  59. I like the design of the shawl and a very pretty color. The book looks really interesting.
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  60. Robin F. says:

    Just what I need to know- how to fit my sweaters better. hope the RNG picks me.

  61. Certainly something I could use. I’m starting to make Suggles because of my recent failures in finished projects.

  62. Looks like a good book to help me start knitting sweaters.

  63. Boy could I learn something. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. This sounds like a terrifically useful book, esp. for a knitter who’s an odd “shape”! My mother always said I couldn’t wear knits because I’m too curvy, but I’m not listening. Love the color of the latest shawl! I did give a gift of your Japanese Garden pattern to one of my blog followers, and got a very nice note back, so thanks for it!

  65. Ooh, I like the beginnings of the new shawl.

    I don’t have all of those books, so I’d love to be in the drawing for the new book.

  66. If I don’t win the drawing, I’m definitely buying this book!!! Thanks so much for being your generous self, Wendy 🙂

  67. Soxy Jane says:

    Having finished one too-large sweater followed by one too-small sweater, I think I need a book like this!
    The shawl is lovely already. Aren’t you lucky to have a shawl-blocking helper like Lucy?

  68. I’m so glad that you told us that the book had previously published patterns. I’ve eying the book for a while, but similar to you, I have most of those books. Love the start of the new shawl pattern!

  69. Peggy Kraham says:

    Ooh ! I would love that book. I coudl really use it.

  70. I need this book! I am just finishing my first ever sweater, and am not sure it will fit right. Looking forward to knitting my second sweater!

  71. The shawl is absolutely lovely. I am kitting the Vernal Equinox Shawl at present and love the way it just flows off the needles. I need the book as fit is always a problem for me.

  72. That looks like a fabulous book – thanks for sharing. I’m itching for the seashell carigan. And I love all your projects and the beautiful yarn you’re using recently. My stash and my project list have both grown thanks to your posts.

  73. The book looks great – I would love to win a copy!

  74. Sounds like a lovely book that most knitters should have on their shelves. Thanks for being willing to part with it.

  75. I am impressed with your ability to knit and put out product so quickly! It seems to take me forever to do the same. I bow to your superior ability.

    A book on shaping would be lovely, also. 😉

  76. Ooooh. nifty book. Love the blog too!

  77. I would LOVE to get that book!

  78. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win the book! Loving your shawls.

  79. “Knits that Fit: Instructions, Patterns, and Tips for Getting the Right Fit” looks great. I am dying to take a look at the seashell cardi. I hope I win.
    Thanks. Marilyn

  80. This book sounds awesome! I could totally use something like it (or just it). I have yet to finish a top that fits. It’s the curse of the boobs not matching the rest of me. For some reason I haven’t quite wrapped my head around how to make them fit in tops. This book sounds like it would help.

  81. tootwisteddonna says:

    Love the bottom up shawls!!!!! Can’t wait to see this one finished!!!

  82. I love your lace shawls and as soon as I finish “food” for my grand daughters tea party I want to start one. Yours are so beautiful.

  83. Wow! the shaping! Pick me!

  84. Oh…DARTS! Would love to own this book.

  85. It’s so fun to read your blog everyday–never can get enough on knitting. What a fun book–thanks for the review.

  86. Your creativity amazes me!
    I’d love to win the book.

  87. I would love to win!! Pick me!!!
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  88. I love that Seashell cardigan! Put my name in the hat please.
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  89. Turtleknits says:

    That looks like a fantasic book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  90. I’m a fan of any knit that fits, so I definitely want to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  91. Pick me!

  92. Your new project looks very interesting. Can’t wait to see it finished. The book looks like something that I could really use. Fit is my nemesis.

  93. I’d love to learn more about getting a perfect fit for my knits!

  94. How wonderful! I struggle with fitting everytime I knit for myself. Pick me and save me from myself! ;0)

  95. That book totally looks like something I need! I might finally be able to make something for myself!

  96. This book looks might interesting!

  97. Christine says:

    I would love a chance to win, but if not I will defiantly have to check this book out once it comes out.

  98. wow; that is one helpful book. I’d love to win it and read it.

  99. Gretcheng says:

    I could use some help getting things to fit the first time I knit them… Thanks! –Gretcheng

  100. Billi Cummings says:

    Looks like a great resource. Would love to win it. Also, I just downloaded the pattern for the beautiful Victorian Neck Cozy. I’ve never knitted lace so it will be my first time. Thank you for the free pattern!