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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2007 07:00:51 PM »

I paid full price for this book and now I am really wishing I hadn't!

I have already made one of her sweaters: the seed stitch hoodie from the cover of the holiday 2005/2006 Vogue Knitting and it reappears in the book. That is not the only one of the book's patterns that has been previously published in Vogue Knitting. There are at least 3 others.

The sizes are crazy. I consider myself average and the cardigan I would make comes in sizes 28, 31, 33. I don't know any woman who wears a bust size 28. Which is too bad, since it's very cute.

All her patterns are in her yarns and about 75% of them use her bulky weight yarn which is comparable to Cascade Magnum or Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky. I have already made the seed stitch hoodie of hers in the big gauge. I substituted the Blue Sky for the Brown Sheep Burly Spun. I know a lot of you guys think bulky sweaters are unflattering. The hood of the sweater falls wrong, a fact that is well hidden by the book's pictures. I <3 it and think it's cute but it's too bulky to wear my winter coat over which is a bit excessive!

The only thing that is undeniably nice is how pretty and well-styled the book is. Wenlan Chia was recently featured in Vogue and the foreward is written by the editor of Daily Candy. As a 16 year old NYC girl, I like that this book contributes to a more fashionable face for knitting.
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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2007 11:16:51 AM »

I too purchased this book, but I didn't pay full price as I pre-ordered it through Amazon.  I think Twinkle's work is beautiful, but being a busty gal and all, I don't think I'd be making many of these for myself.  I think Z hit the nail on the head about being comfortable resizing patterns to make some of these work for you.  I don't feel like it is a complete bust (pardon the pun!) because I have a little sister who has already made requests, so at least someone will benefit.  I have noticed that when her patterns are published in VK and IK there are extended sizes and the suggested yarn subs are the same ones she suggests in the back of the book.
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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2007 02:49:39 PM »

so since my previous messages were meant to just be an fyi/warning, i wanted to add that while i was (really) disappointed with the sizes, i may still buy the book and try to make adjustments since i usually don't work with bulky yarns and have been looking for some cute patterns and the book does have that...i'm usually a to the letter pattern follower (well until it's really not working for me), but i'm going to try to use this as an opportunity to loosen up a little!

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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2007 10:00:21 AM »

I just took this book off of my Amazon wishlist because of the sizing issues. I'll give it a look in the bookstore to see if there are any patterns I think I could use, but I really don't want to shell out money for a book in which it sounds like there are only two patterns that would even fit me - and I am hardly a plus size. It's disheartening - I was looking forward to this book, I've aways admired Twinkle's use of handknits along with runway fashion.
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virginiawoolf
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2007 11:31:41 AM »


I was salivating over this book last night in Chapters, until I too discovered that some of the sizing is very, very small.

But here's what I think.

I'm a picky dresser, so I have a bit of a hard time finding knitting patterns that I am immediately attracted to without altering the design somewhat (I usually add waist shaping, shorten/lengthen sleeves, change necklines, etc).

That being said, I totally LOVED most of the sweaters in this book. I think it's worth the size mods if you're really into some of the designs. So, I am going to buy it and face the task of adjusting the patterns to my bust size. (I'm about a 38").

The point is, if you really like the sweaters, don't let a little pattern modification get you down. I rarely knit patterns the way they are written. It's totally worth it if you've found a sweater you love.



PS - There are great tutorials available on changing patterns...the one I use most often is in Stitch and Bitch Nation.
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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2007 11:49:08 AM »

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That being said, I totally LOVED most of the sweaters in this book. I think it's worth the size mods if you're really into some of the designs. So, I am going to buy it and face the task of adjusting the patterns to my bust size. (I'm about a 38").

The point is, if you really like the sweaters, don't let a little pattern modification get you down. I rarely knit patterns the way they are written. It's totally worth it if you've found a sweater you love.

I totally get your point, but I guess what I find disheartening about this is the fact that these patterns appear to be sized *so* small, it just feels like one more example of the fashion industry telling women that if you're not a size 2, you're not worth designing attractive clothing for. A 31 inch chest, which appears to be about the average for this book, is far from the actual average size of a typical American woman. I guess as a knitter who is a (shockingly! huge!) size 8-10, I feel like I shouldn't HAVE to spend the time altering a pattern to make it fit.

Or maybe I'm just feeling fat today.
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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2007 12:08:05 PM »

dramageek I TOTALLY agree with you.  I am sorry but if I am paying for a book I want there to be a larger selection of sizes to select from.  I am not a large woman, but as a 32D that means I am still a 38 inches around the bust - I have to resize everything because my waist is smaller sized.  I except that what I don't except is giving a pattern where the LARGEST LARGEST (did I say the largest?) size is TWENTY-SIX INCHES around the bust!!!  I am SO disappointed by this book.  I may go buy it after I stop feeling fat.   Until then I will make up my own pattern for the twiggy tunic.  I mean if I have to resize that much I might as well just make it up myself! 

So thrilled the other book I was anticipating (Fitted Knits by Japel) lived up to expectations I have some great patterns to knit and inspire me!
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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2007 01:57:29 PM »

Just to play devil's advocate, since Wenlan Chia is from Taiwan and most east Asian countries have clothing that come in smaller sizes, maybe that's why the sizes are so small. It's not uncommon for a small in Asia to be bust 28" and for a large bust to be 35"; I'm 32" and am considered a size medium or sometimes even  large when I shop in Asia.

I'm not trying to justify the sizes in the book as a good or bad thing. Just a possible reason, maybe. Although, one would think a pattern book released in North America would come with more sizes to fit North American women.
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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2007 06:02:16 PM »

i guess i was really surprised that they weren't resized by vogue knitting...the patterns that i've seen in magazines have definitely been adjusted for regular sized knitters, so i was a little shocked to see such an unfinished product if you will on the shelves when the designs are so amazing that everyone will want to buy it...
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virginiawoolf
« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2007 07:04:20 PM »



I definitely agree with what y'all are saying, I do. It is silly that the sizes are so small. All I was saying is that it's far from insurmountable.

And don't let this book make you feel fat! You're beautiful!
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