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April 18, 2011

Free Book Monday: "Knitting Plus" by Lisa Shroyer

To start this week off right, today I'll be giving away one free copy of Knitting Plus: Mastering Fit + Plus-Size Style + 15 Projects by Lisa Shroyer. Thanks to the always charming Jaime Guthals at Interweave for sending me this copy to give to one lucky reader.

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From the publisher's description: "Knitting Plus is the must-have manual for plus-sized sweater construction and knitwear design. With this helpful guide, you’ll learn how to design wearable, tailor-made sweaters. Explore basic pullover and cardigan sweater construction styles from raglans and set-in sleeves to drop shoulders, seamless yokes, and dolmans. Knitting Plus explains each specific sweater element and then offers key tips for plus-sized knitting. Included throughout are simple versions of each construction type as easy-to-reference templates so you can quickly adapt and alter each sweater for a custom fit. Each pattern offers a broad range of sizes and instructions for bust sizes from about 44 to 56 inches. Packed with design information and ready-to- knit patterns, Knitting Plus is your go-to technique and design reference for customizing patterns to fit all sizes."

Plus-sized knitting books are surprisingly rare in the knit book world. I looked through this one and it features a nice mix of simple patterns and more complicated lace and cable patterns. The Fair Isle sweater alone is a work of art. Instead of banding the pattern horizontally the designer (Nancy Shroyer) created vertical bands and it's one of the most flattering sweaters in this style I've seen:

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To enter to win this book, simply leave a comment on today's entry by clicking the comment link below. You don't have to compose a manifesto, it's ok to just write "book entry."

Picky Stuff: You must leave a valid email address to be eligible. If you prefer that your email address is mysterious and hidden, you need to enter some website address in the "URL" field just below the email address field. For example, you can just cut/paste http://www.crazyauntpurl.com and it is magic. Technology!

Good luck!


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Updated 4/19/2011: Congrats to reader Marjorie for winning this great book!

Posted by laurie at April 18, 2011 10:33 AM