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Topic: Twinkle's Big City Knits: 30 Chunky-Chic Designs  (Read 3444 times)
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heatherxxll
« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2007 10:43:52 AM »

When I start one of these sweaters, I think I'm going to try using 2 strands of simply soft and go from there. If it's a disaster, at least my $$$ and time invested will not be wasted.
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betchka
« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2007 11:09:51 AM »

All the patterns are adoreable but DAMN that yarn is expensive!

In terms of using bulky-weight yarns, what weight of yarn stranded together would equal one strand of bulky--two sport weights? Two worsted?
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dramageek
« Reply #42 on: February 22, 2007 09:59:42 AM »

OK, I had a chance to check the book out at Borders yesterday, and I have two main thoughts. I agree that the freakishly small measurements have to do with the fact that the garment will stretch on the body, but I think it's a problem that this isn't addressed in the book. There isn't a word of advice on fit and how to choose a size as far as I could find (and I may have missed it!) There is an emphasis on proper gauge, which is crucial, but nothing about how to relate the finished garment to your body measurements.

Also? Even accounting for the stretch factor, I don't see how any of these patterns would fit anyone larger than a 36-38 inch chest, and that might be pushing it. The garments are shown on models who are utterly flat chested, and while they are all adorable and the stuff looks great on them, it's just so unrealistic.

Maybe I'm just feeling cranky and fat this week, but this book has really pushed my buttons! I am interested to see how people adapt the patterns - and I know craftsters will do an awesome job. I just don't feel like I should *have* to, you know?

Because I don't want to sound like I'm just slamming this book left and right, I do want to point out that there was a fairly extensive list of yarn substitutions which I think is unusual and welcome in a book like this. There's also a lot of encouraging advice about making a garment your own. And it's all photographed beautifully with photos that clearly show what the finished product will look like.
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« Reply #43 on: February 22, 2007 07:59:56 PM »

I'm obsessed.

I started a knitalong here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154447.0
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« Reply #44 on: February 23, 2007 07:27:25 AM »

I'm obsessed.

I started a knitalong here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154447.0

I'll join you as soon as I can.  First, I have to knit a cable clutch for my friend's b-day (anyone have a fabulous and easy pattern?) and then a pair of Ugg look-alike baby booties.  But after that, It's all about me and Twinkle!  This will give me time to find a good deal on some yarn!  Any idea which pattern you are making first?  I was thinking of the cable cape, it looks like one of the more simple patterns.
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tygra
« Reply #45 on: July 26, 2007 09:18:20 PM »

hey all. i know it's been a while since anyone posted in this thread, but i was wondering if any of my fellow big-busties have had a chance to knit up some stuff from this book yet? the KAL thread has lots of FO's posted, but most of the gals over there look pretty skinny minnie so it's not really a good indicator of how these projects translate to fuller frames. Sad especially in the bust area....has anyone with a c cup or bigger tackled one of these chunky knits yet?
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« Reply #46 on: July 27, 2007 07:45:25 AM »

hey all. i know it's been a while since anyone posted in this thread, but i was wondering if any of my fellow big-busties have had a chance to knit up some stuff from this book yet? the KAL thread has lots of FO's posted, but most of the gals over there look pretty skinny minnie so it's not really a good indicator of how these projects translate to fuller frames. Sad especially in the bust area....has anyone with a c cup or bigger tackled one of these chunky knits yet?

I'm a larger busted girl myself but have bought the yarn for two projects in this book and hope to do more.

If you look on the Twinkle website on the page about 'Big City Knits' http://www.twinklebywenlan.com/twinkle.html and click on 'View Submissions' you can see pictures that knitters have sent in of themselves wearing the designs. I think there is a range of different sized women in the pictures and I'm inspired by that. I don't think this book is just for a select few...
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zknits
« Reply #47 on: July 27, 2007 05:39:28 PM »

thanks for posting that link tygra!  that is really inspiring for us normal sized women!
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