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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. This book would fit great into my knitting library. Thanks for the review, and Happy Holidays!

  2. I would love to knit the houndstooth jacket

  3. I just added this book to my Amazon wishlist the other day!

  4. quite intrigued by that houndstooth coat

  5. I could have used this book on my last project.

  6. The book looks really cool, and while I couldn’t carry off the marbleized skirt (body type cough cough) my daughter surely could!

  7. I’d love to have that book! Please post a picture of your sweater you mentioned in the blog.

  8. Linda (Elleyarn on Ravelry) says:

    Thanks for this review and the give-a-way. With this book in hand I might actually get brave enough to knit myself one of these projects 🙂

  9. I could really use this book. No pattern fits me straight away without me having to tinker with it.

  10. Janice Lavoie says:

    Deborah Newton is amazing and I would love one of her books!

  11. Janelle Serio says:

    I love Deborah Newton! And this book looks just as promising as her others. Thanks for the offer!

  12. I would love to win this.
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  13. How special is that houndstooth cardigan! Love to have this book…

  14. Alice Moisen says:

    This would definitely help me take my knitting up a notch

  15. Fit is my challenge (like everyone) this book looks great.
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  16. I’ve had my eye on this book since I first heard about it.

  17. I would love this book and besides my birthday is Saturday! What a perfect gift!

  18. Looking forward to knitting that skirt!

  19. That is definitely a book I’d love to have! It looks like it would be a fabulous reference plus the patterns are nice too…

  20. Please enter me in the drawing. The book looks like something that could help me out a lot!

  21. Those patterns are awesome. What a fabulous book. Hopefully Santa puts one in my stocking if I don’t win the giveaway copy. Thanks for requesting a second copy for us.

  22. Have loved her for years – have all her books . . . this would complete my collection 🙂

  23. Kate Johnson says:

    This book would be a fabulous addition to my knitting library. Hoping to be lucky this time!

  24. Love this and thank you for the opportunity! Happy Holidays to you and Loki!!

  25. Thanks for the chance.

    Loki is great!

  26. This looks like the right “fit” book for me. I love the skirt. lpstarr on Ravelry

  27. I could use some help in moving on to the next level as a knitter. This book could do the trick.

  28. Lucy Harrington says:

    I have been a fan (BIG fan!!) of Deborah Newton’s for years ~ plllleeeassse pick me….

  29. IslandHandmade says:

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. What a great resource!

  30. Love Deborah Newton’s other books too. Designing Knits sent my knitting in new directions.
    Would love to see an action shot of Loki. Not that that isn’t a gorgeous tum!

  31. I NEED this book!!! And I want to knit the Marbelized skirt ASAP! I’m keeping fingers (and toes) crossed that I win.

  32. That skirt is AMAZING!
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  33. I’d like to be entered in the drawing please. I have a copy of finishing school and it is extremely helpful. Thanks. Also, hi to Loki

  34. Great book. I’ll have to put it on my wish list.

  35. Yes! I need this book. After knitting several sweaters that don’t quite fit right, I desperately need some help!

  36. Would love love love to own this book!

  37. Looks like a wonderful book! I love that houndstooth jacket!

  38. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  39. Looks like a very helpful book!

  40. This book looks like a lot of fun. I sure would like all of my projects to fit better.

  41. I so need this book! Thanks again Wendy:-)

  42. My favorite is the lace rib cardi, and I would like it to fit!

  43. I would LOVE this book. One of my 2016 goals in to knit my first garment and this would be very helpful. Thank you for the opportunity.

  44. ooooooo, love the cardi and the jacket. Sooooo pretty.

    Pretty Loki, poor baby to be so worn out.

  45. I REALLY NEED THIS BOOK! I tend to shy away from projects which need to fit because previous attempts at proper fitting garments have been unsuccessful. I keeping my fingers crossed.

  46. Great patterns – and I need help on fitting. Good luck to everyone!

  47. The houndstooth coat is gorgeous. It might even convince me to learn how to knit with two colors.

  48. I love your reviews – I have purchased several of the books that you have shown. This one looks great! I have the authors “Finishing” book and have found it very usefull.

  49. I really need to get this book if I win it or not great for my city and guilds in hand knit design, I love the houndstooth coat I rarely see a pattern that I “must” make think this is one! Thanks for the chance.

  50. The book looks most interesting . Would love to try the hounďstooth jscket.

  51. I’d love to be entered in the book giveaway. My daughter would go bonkers over that skirt and I’m always interested in improving the knitting.
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  52. Lois Conway says:

    I would love this book. I have all her others.

  53. Life may be too short but my garments are usually too long, too wide, too everything. Maybe this book would help 🙂

  54. Would love this book. And, a very merry Christmas to you and Loki!

  55. I never wear skirts, but I love the Marbelized Paper skirt!

  56. Add me to the queue, I love Deb’s books and could surely use the help.

  57. This book really looks interesting and would give insight into knitting garments that fit well. I would love to learn more about the process of how I could design or alter a pattern to fit my very stocky frame.

  58. I got this book out of the library, and it’s a good one. I would love to have it in my library. Thanks for the shot at it!

  59. Thank you for the opportunity, Wendy. This looks like a great book to have.


  60. I’ve been good all year. Pick me, pick me!
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  61. Jennifer T says:

    The book looks lovely. Thanks for the chance.

  62. I’ll put my name in the draw. I enjoy your postings. Happy Christmas!

  63. This book is just what the doctor ordered. I need this book. Thank you for the chance at a signed copy!!

  64. This looks like a nice book. Count me in !

  65. Count me in. Love the skirt! Thanks to you and Deborah for the give away

  66. That herringbone coat is gorgeous-hope I win.

  67. Just made a fair isle star wars tea cozy. Was to be a man size hat but I don’t know anyone with a head that big. Knitting away, making gauge, in denial of the fact that the hat is way too big. Sigh……next a headband. Just making it smallish because wool knits stretch, don’t they?

  68. This books seems to teach lessons I should learn 🙂

  69. Pick me, pick me!

  70. This looks to be a very useful book!

  71. That skirt is great. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks!

  72. I have and enjoy both of the earlier books that you have mentioned, so am looking forward to seeing what this one has to offer.

  73. I’d love to win this book!

  74. I love the skirt! Looks like a wonderful book.

  75. This looks like a great book and I w old love to have it!

  76. A good book for me. Maybe I could knit something other than shawls.

  77. Ohhhh, nice! Please add me to the list. The book looks wonderful.

  78. Thank you for showing it. That really looks interesting! So, random number generator, do your work!

  79. I’m looking for a skirt pattern and I think it’s in this book!

  80. awesome, pick me (fingers crossed)

  81. This sounds like a perfect book for me. I have given away too many finished knits because they didn’t fit the way I wanted. I’d much rather start over completely than rip out and reuse the same yarn. So this book could save me some money!

  82. Sherry Beason says:

    Thanks to Wendy for asking for an additional copy, and thanks to Deborah for saying YES! This would be great!

  83. I love Deborah’s books! This is definitely going on the wishlist.

  84. OMGosh, what a great book to giveaway! I’ll have to add it to my wishlist if my number’s not drawn. A kitteh’s work is never done, is it?
    AnnBan on Ravelry
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  85. Wow – I hadn’t seen this before. I have Finishing School and it is wonderful. I’d love to add this to my reference library. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  86. Sandra Kerr says:

    That book looks amazing! I would love to win.
    Loki is always adorable.

  87. Liz Parkinson says:

    this book looks super interesting. I read a lot of Deborah Newton’s advice in the various magazines and I always learn something new.
    Loki is just asking for a tummy rub!
    Happy Holidays!

  88. Yayyy for a new book from Ms. Newton – she’s brilliant!

  89. CatSamalea says:

    Stunning book! Thank you for offering the opportunity to win it!

  90. Great patterns displayed. I would love to win this book as I believe fit is so important in displaying the clothing to the best advantage.

  91. I would love to win this book!

  92. This looks like a really useful book!

  93. Love the colors!!

  94. Deborah Newton is one of my favorite designers, and she always explains knitting, design and fit clearly- I would love to own this book!

  95. Beautiful book. I love her book on finishing.

  96. I would absolutely love to receive this book and so need it. adjusting patterns is such a challenge.

  97. Would love and use this book. Skirt and Ribbed Yoke Cardi would be first in line.

  98. love the skirt!

  99. Borrowed a copy from a local library. Like all of her other books definitely worth purchasing!

  100. Ohhh, I’d so love to win! Such fun patterns!
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