Plus Size Crochet: Fashions That Fit & Flatter – Book of the Week

May 27, 2010 · 0 comments

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Plus Size Crochet: Fashions That Fit & Flatter

  • ISBN13: 9781589233393
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

At last, a book of crochet patterns devoted entirely to the plus-size woman!Plus-size gals are a group that seems to be neglected in the plethora of crochet books on the market. The author, Margaret Hubert, has often been approached at trade shows and through her classes by women in this size category, begging her to design patterns that would fit them. A plus-size crocheter cannot simply take a smaller pattern and increase the number of stitches or rows to get a garment that fits and flatters.

Rating: (out of 27 reviews)

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Laura Jones May 16, 2010 at 7:14 am

Review by Laura Jones for Plus Size Crochet: Fashions That Fit & Flatter
Loved this book. It has a wide variety of basic patterns, from a metallic tunic to lacey tops to a coat. The shawl is beautiful, and the purse pattern gives us a purse that is “in proportion”. Also very uselful is the first section that explains how to adjust patterns, make changes in the sizing for bust and arms and raise a neckline. Many books that offer “plus sizes” are just sized up patterns created for smaller figures that don’t fit well (like tiny tight tank tops). The sleeveless shell (also has matching cardigan) in this book has wide shoulders that will cover bra straps. And the only sizes in the book are from 1x-4x. It is the first crochet book actually created for plus sizes and I hope they keep them coming. The patterns in this one are basic shapes and classic styles that would look completely different by just changing the yarn, colors etc. so you can make several of each pattern.

Tigergal67 May 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

Review by Tigergal67 for Plus Size Crochet: Fashions That Fit & Flatter
When I first saw this book was coming out I pre-ordered it right away. As a plus size yarn freak, finding plus-size patterns that flatter is some times very difficult so, I looked forward to this book like a kid waiting for Santa.

I got coal for Christmas. As a woman with a big, chunky body, I’m puzzled at who thought it would be a good idea to make items with big, chunky yarn for girls like me. Although the colors are amazing, the designs themselves are frumpy, bulky and not at all flattering. (With the exception of one of the shawl patterns that is just beautiful.) Most of the stitches are large and bulky, not at all flattering to larger size figures.

You BBW yarn goddesses should pass this book on by. It is a major disappointment.

Samantha Trowel May 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

Review by Samantha Trowel for Plus Size Crochet: Fashions That Fit & Flatter
I was very disappointed when I read this book. I was hoping for a crochet version of the Big Girl Knits books, with fashion-forward and trendy patterns. Despite the bright colors, the sweaters are frumpy. How many button front cardigans does one need? I live in a cold climate, and I own only one. The obvious plus size styles are all here: big, thick vertical stripes; oversized cardigans, oversized pullovers. Clothes that cling to outdated rules about what looks best on ‘heavy’ women. There are no styles that show off the plus size woman in her best light, whether she is an apple, a pear, or in-between. How about an equestrienne jacket or a sexy mock-surplice top? Maybe a cool bamboo or linen hoodie with a zipper? Even, gasp, a few skinny horizontal stripes.

Another complaint I have is with the shaping instructions. Plus size women often need extra room through the back, bust, armholes, upper arms, ribcage, waist, hips, derriere, etc. In some cases, we need less room in one area and more in another. In sewing this is accomplished through darts, yokes, pleats, etc. Ms. Hubert seems to address mainly armhole, upper arm, and waist.

I also really dislike it when there are no diagrams to accompany the patterns. This makes it difficult for anyone who is not standard height to adapt the pattern. Consider that I an 5’1″ and 42DD. Also a 2X. But my arms are short for a petite 1X. I have a 25″ inseam, as well! What looks like a normal V-neck may end up at my belly button!

I also agree with the reviewer above who complained about the lack of variety in shoulder styles. A raglan actually fits my small shouldered busty frame better than anything else.

On the plus side: I don’t mind chunky yarns in outerwear, such as the cute mohair coat. The bamboo cardigan is attractive.The stylist certainly did these garments a disservice, as they are not shown in the best possible light. I really can’t tell if I like the asymmetrical hem polo or not. I like the spiral-bound format: it’d very practical. While the stitch patterns are basic and could be more interesting without increasing difficulty, I am happy enough to see something that does not consist of plain double crochet on and on and on.

Ms. Hubert has designed much better garments and written much better books. This looks rushed. I’m sure some will like it, but it was certainly not the book for which I was yearning.

J. Bryan May 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

Review by J. Bryan for Plus Size Crochet: Fashions That Fit & Flatter
I’ve had this book now for a few months and love it. Margaret Hubert’s book has concise easy to read directions, great contemporary patterns and FINALLY someone dares to design outside the realm of worsted weight yarn.

As an advanced yarn addict I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this IS the best plus size crochet book on the market.

Amazon Addict May 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

Review by Amazon Addict for Plus Size Crochet: Fashions That Fit & Flatter
This is a wonderful book. It is nicely illustrated, and has nice patterns. The instructions are a little hard to follow at times,that is why I gave it one less star. I also wish it gave clear instructions on how to alter the pattern sections for using two different sizes at the same time for different sections of the pattern.

We plus size women need many more books like this. I have two friends who already plan to buy it.

Hat’s off to the Author!

Moe June 2, 2010 at 1:00 am

I hadn’t seen that one, thanks. I’ll have to add it to my wish list.
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