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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Good Measure

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


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


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


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


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?



  1. would love this book.

    Patty in Sparks

  2. I would absolutely love this book…any tips where it would be available for purchase? Just in case I’m not lucky enough to be chosen, I’d still like to grab a copy.
    Dizzy´s last blog post ..Phew!

  3. That skirt is gorgeous – as soon I lose, well a lot of weight, I’m putting it in my queue!

  4. Deborah Newton is just amazing & that book will be in my shopping cart if I’m not lucky enough to win it!

  5. Is it too late to add this book to my Christmas list? Love the houndstooth coat!

  6. I am so adding this to my wishlist! Looks amazing and exactly what I need right now.

  7. Would love the book. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Productive Week

  8. I love that skirt!
    sprite´s last blog post ..advent: day 16

  9. The cover is pretty just like patterns inside, hope I am a winner.

  10. Has Loki always been a back sleeper?
    Cindy in Happy Valley´s last blog post ..The Summer in Review….there may have been some knitting….

  11. Wonderful book! Thanks for obtaining a copy to give away! I would love to be the lucky one. Knit on and thanks for the opportunity.

  12. This book looks fascinating!
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  13. Kristin/HLMauera says:

    It looks like a fantastic book. I haven’t made any clothes because of my fear of customizing fit.

  14. The coat! The vest!

  15. What a nice assortment of patterns. I love the colors!

  16. Pick me, pick me!!

  17. What an interesting book! I’d love it.

  18. Looks like a great book!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Tale of Two Socks

  19. Fuego Azul says:

    I love the Marbelized Paper Skirt!

  20. Worth it just for the coat and vest! Thanks for offering it – and thanks to Deborah, too. 🙂

  21. Oh my, this is a book on my wish list! Her work and other books are wonderful! Sweet!

  22. Looks like a very useful book to have in the library
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  23. That book looks awesome. Please Santa, I would love a copy.

  24. Barbara Levine says:

    This book looks fabulous. I love your blog.

  25. Got my fingers crossed!

  26. Looks like a great book. I would love to win!
    gussek on Ravelry

  27. Boy oh boy, do I ever need this book! I’m learning all this slowly, by trial and error – with emphasis on error – but a book like this would certainly be a better way to learn. Hope your app picks me!

  28. Marnie Hines says:

    This looks like a great great book. Thank you having this draw!!

  29. Deborah Gajee says:

    My favorite is the oversized Wrap.

  30. I’ve heard so much about this book and hope to win !

  31. This looks like another must have book. So many great patterns. Thanks, Wendy and Deborah!

  32. Looks like a fantastic book. Love that skirt! And there’s a beautiful shawl pattern.
    As always, thanks for thinking of us!

  33. Judy Smith says:

    Great book.

  34. Sharen Warren says:

    I love Deborah’s books, and I hope to add this one to my library!

  35. I would love a chance to have this book.

  36. I think I need to own any book that can attempt to teach me to adjust patterns to fit. Fitting things is good 🙂
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..Mid-Month Goals: December!

  37. The houndstooth coat and vest! How awesome are they!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

  38. Beautiful book and beautiful work you do.

  39. Carol Perecman says:

    Anything Deborah writes has got to be good–I’m not surprised that you want to keep your copy! Thanks for the opportunity to win it…happy holidays to you all!

  40. Sounds like a great book to have in my library!

  41. Sounds like a very useful book to add to the library. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Barbara´s last blog post ..Countdown to Christmas

  42. That skirt is beautiful!

  43. I just love Deborah Newton (and Wendy)!

  44. Amy Schulze says:

    That looks like a great book!

  45. Oh wow, I love skirt! Count me in.

    Lol, Loki. Malcolm does the same thing, shameless in his orangey goodness.

  46. This looks like a great book! I’d love to have it in my library.

  47. Monica Cortada says:

    Oh, I need this! My sweater knitting is unsuccessful because, as Alexander McCall Smith says in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I am a traditionally built lady. Most sweater patterns are not designed for traditionally built ladies. 🙂

  48. I have been checking this book out and I have found it to be a very very good book. I would love to be the owner of this one.

  49. I so need this sort of help – I’m forever picking patterns that don’t really look good on me although I’m getting better about making them fit.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  50. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    I would knit that coat and vest. Love the colors!

  51. Cindy Ferver says:

    Love the patterns.

  52. Looks like a wonderful book. Would love it in my library.
    Thanks for the opportunity….

  53. Oh! I love her previous book and I would really like to have this one. A great gift.

  54. Thanks for offering up another book! I would love this. I want to, hopefully, learn to design knit patterns. Before I do that, I believe this book would be the best start. I believe adjusting patterns is important to know before actually designing. It helps establish the base of knowledge necessary for designing, in my opinion. 🙂

  55. I need this book. I need help adjusting patterns to fit me correctly. Thanks for the chance to have this book.

  56. Sue Cawley says:

    I would love to knit sweaters that fit. Now, I knit a sweater and give it to the person it fits the best. Also, hope you and Loki have a great holiday.

  57. Wow, would I love this book! I’ve been too afraid of not being able to achieve a decent fit to try a sweater, even though there are so many beautiful patterns out there. This sounds like it would be able to walk me through a process that would work.

  58. I love her other book and I would to win this one.

  59. Beverly Seibenhener says:

    This book looks like exactly what I need. I would love to be the lucky recipient. Maybe I will put it on my Christmas list.

  60. Wow, I’ve been thinking about houndstooth…though not in technicolor! Just the jolt my senses needed. Please enter me in this drawing!

  61. Jean Palionia says:

    This book is ew

  62. Jean Palionia says:

    This book really is foe m

  63. Sounds interesting.

  64. handmadebysue says:

    I would love to add this book to my collection of designing and fitting knitwear. Thanks!

  65. Jean Palionia says:

    This book is really is for me! I surè do hope……..

  66. I would love to have this book. I need to learn more about how to make garments fit, I really do, I can follow the pattern and end up with a great sweater, but not always one that fits my body shape.

  67. Would love this. Thanks for the chance!

  68. I have just a couple figure flaws that aren’t typical and I think this book will help me make those adjustments. It would be nice to knit for myself beyond socks and shawls.

  69. Now, that sounds like an amazing book to have in your library!

  70. This is a book that I would love to have in my collection. I have never started a sweater that I didn’t have to change to get it to fit, no matter who I am knitting for!

  71. Leslie in MA says:

    Sounds like a fantastic book – I think there’s a space for it on my shelf.

    Are you sure you aren’t overworking poor Loki? He’s one handsome boy but he’s always flat out when you photograph him.

  72. This is a fantastic item for any knitter library, hope I win, thanks for the opportunity!

  73. Shirley Ryan says:

    I’m putting this book on my wish list!

  74. Midnite Baker says:

    Looks like you are going to have a bunch of comments for this book. Mine included. It will make a nice Christmas gift for me. 🙂 M

  75. This book looks like a very nice approach to a well fitted garments for all body types. Would love to own this book, thanks, Deb

  76. Anne Patton says:

    I so need this book.

  77. This book would be really helpful in my ongoing quest to figure out how to make a sweater that fits well.

  78. Yep, that’s a book I could use, too.

  79. I have one of her other books and would really love to add this one to the collection. My Squiggy would like to have it, too. As he was trying to help me as I am typing this. Squiggy is one of my two cats. He is a dsh black cat and right now living up to being squiggly.

  80. So much to learn, so little time…this book would help!

  81. alicia grayson says:

    I really want to make a sweater in the new year so this book would be a great asset.
    Alikat2004 on ravelry.

  82. This would be wonderful to own!

  83. Oh my, this book has been on my wish list! Keeping my fingers crossed …

    Daisy, Rocky, Dougie, Sammy and Sadie are waving their paws (hi) to Loki.

  84. I am sure this book is as good as the first two, so I am also sure it needs to be added to my bookcase. Gee, I hope I win!

  85. I would love to win a copy of this book; it’s already on my wish list.

  86. Looks like another fabulous book by a great designer. Thanks!

  87. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    OH RNG, please pick me!! This is the one I’d really love to win. I am a plus size and it’s hard to determine exactly how something is going to fit.
    I looked this over on Amazon and would L O V E to have it….a perfect Christmas gift for me.
    Keeping my fingers crossed…when not knitting!

    I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!
    I hope Loki is rested up by then.

    Lauren, Cassie and Zoe

  88. I won a copy of Finishing School a while ago. How great would it be to win this one too? Really like the first one!

  89. I would love to win this book and make this skirt… I think my stash might have just the right yarn! Also, Loki is lovely… I admire his little toe feathers.

  90. Oh I sure hope I finally win a book — not just any book but THIS book. Crossing my knitting needles (& fingers!).
    Rav. ID Ettenna

  91. The skirt is beautiful. I wonder if I would have the guts to wear it if I made it.

  92. I love Ms. Newton’s books. They are such great resources and wonderful sources of inspiration. Now I just need to not run out and buy this for myself before the drawing. Or maybe not since if I am selected I can give the copy I just bought to another knitter who I think needs a present as a surprise this Christmas.

  93. I would love winning this book. The two back buttoned sweaters and the houndstooth coat are my favorite patterns. Would like to try knitting the coat first!

  94. This book would be an invaluable reference tool. Please pick me!

  95. Dawn in NL says:

    I love the coat! With less bright colours I would wear that skirt too!


  96. Chris Reeske says:

    Oh I hope I get this, I’m all hips and I need all the help I can get in fitting.

  97. This book would surely help me be a better knitter.

  98. I need all the help I can get. This book looks like a good place to start.

  99. I am definitely interested in the section on shaping and fitting while working in pattern!
    Jen R´s last blog post ..The Fast Metabolism Diet book review

  100. I would love this book ♥