Knit to Flatter (and a book giveaway!)

Knit to Flatter COVER

With sweater knitting, fit is everything. If something is showing that you’re not crazy about, you will be uncomfortable. If the neckline hits your collarbone in the wrong place you’re going to feel all schlumpy. Conversely, you get it all right and you’re going to feel like the queen of the world. The way your clothes fit can completely alter the way you think, it alters your mood, it changes your outlook on your whole day. Take it step further to when that piece of clothing that makes you feel amazing is something that you just made with your own two hands? Beyond priceless. The first step is tailoring, choosing clothes that move smoothly over your body- nothing tight but no tents either. Whether you’re big or small too much extra fabric disguises nothing. The second step, understanding what really works, on you.

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Amy brings every bit of the person that she is in real life to the Fit to Flatter book (STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book, April 2, 2013). There are knitting patterns of course, a whopping 21 sweaters every one of which is what I call a “real life”, wear-it-all-day-every-day, wardrobe staple kind of sweater, which is exactly the kind of thing I love, but that’s the sugar coating. What this book really is, is the girlfriend you take when you go shopping. The one who’s not afraid to say…. Hmmm maybe not those jeans, try these instead… Amy begins the book by inviting you to really understand yourself- what do you like, what don’t you like when you look in the mirror. What do you really see when you’re looking in the mirror and you let go of all the numbers and vague fruit references? Once you can really objectively look at what you’ve got you can play it up. Amy uses the next  4 chapters to break it down, how to play to your strengths, and mitigate a weakness that brings you down.

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Except this is knitting and we’re not stuck taking things as they are off the rack. And so there is my favorite chapter, #6: Modifications. If you’re anything like me you’re inevitably drawn to at least 1 sweater in one of the chapters that is not for “your type”, there is no reason it can’t become something that will work for you. This is the chapter that will teach you to own your knitting. It covers: Waist shaping, body and sleeve length adjustments, neckline adjustments, bust darts should you need them (and whether or not you do) and sleeve tailoring (bicep measurements, armholes  and sleeve caps).  The price of admission is worth it for this chapter alone. No designer can write a pattern tailored to every single body type… No designer should have to, after all we’re people too. I look in the mirror and worry about my unusually long torso, I get anxious about the girth of my biceps… and my hips… and… Never mind. Forget all about thinking like that. We’ve got Amy. She’s going to help us all get over those numbers on the tape measure, on the scale, on the tag in our clothes and focus on what works.

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Know what else? Amy and STC have a copy of the Knit to Flatter book for me to give away. Leave a comment below~ In the spirit of the book I think we should all share a positive thought about a piece of clothing we love, because of how it makes us feel (doesn’t have to be knitting related). Contest will run today (4/22/13) through Sunday (4/28/13 end of day) and randomly select 1 person to be announced next Monday. Sound good? Can’t wait to read what you all have to say~

And don’t miss any stops on the blog tour, see what others are saying here:

Monday, April 15: Rock and Purl – Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Tuesday, April 16: Mind of Winter – Julia Trice
Wednesday, April 17: Mary Jane Mucklestone
Thursday, April 18: Moth Heaven – Julia Farwell-Clay
Saturday, April 20: Knitting At Large – Julie Matthews
Sunday, April 21: ADD Knitter
Monday, April 22: Savory Knitting – Amy Christoffers (you are here!)
Tuesday, April 23: Carole Knits

Last but definitely not least: Baby Cocktails – Thea Colman

 

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105 Responses to Knit to Flatter (and a book giveaway!)

  1. Sheila says:

    I love the first sweater I made, an Irish fisherman’s sweater. I could have used Amy’s book – the sweater is hardly a perfect fit, but I made it and it’s covered in lovely cables. Plus it’s cozy and warm on all those damp, chilly Oregon days.

  2. Word Lily says:

    I basically live in some version of a t-shirt — but with a scoop or v-neck. I love them because they’re comfortable and practical, but they don’t look ratty, either. I can look pulled together by adding a couple accessories, and they’re cheap enough I can have them in all the great colors!

    • Pat says:

      This looks like a great book with lots of good info. I could have used it on the first sweaters I made. I love the last sweater I made–CoolBreeze by Tanis Lavallee. I actually made two of this sweater–one in blues for my daughter and one in greens for me. They both fit great and look great. It’s a great pattern.
      Rav ID-pprahl

  3. Jennifer says:

    My current favorite thing to wear is a great sweater. It is charcoal gray with lots of seed stitch and cables. It is store bought, but looks handmade and is cozy and comfortable, but still looks put together.

  4. Jan says:

    Thanks for the contest! One of my favorite outfits is a knit set of long sleeveless dress and jacket. All black, very simple. It skims my body, which makes it look great! I can replace the jacket with a silk shirt or other jacket, too!

  5. Gretcheng says:

    Sounds perfect for any knitter of sweaters! I have a handful that fit nicely, and several more that are too big here or there, or the sleeves are tighter than I like. And that’s not counting the really off ones that I gave to Good Will, hoping that the body they’ll fit will find them!

    Tara and Rob told me you are very busy expanding your knitting empire. I hope book and other explorations are all going great! –Gigi at TomTom and South Strafford

  6. duni says:

    i love the most recent sweater i made (Shalder by Gudrun Johnson) as it is a nice combination of sizes and mods to make it fit well, lovely yarn (Q&Co), and dynamic buttons my mother got for me that match the color perfectly. it’s a joy to wear.

  7. Jill says:

    I love the grey striped sweater I’m wearing today – it fits perfectly and I am going to take its measurements to knit myself a replacement. Amy’s guidance might be needed to get me through knitting my first sweater!

  8. Allison says:

    I feel great in a hip-length cardigan and A-line skirt. I could definitely use help with bust darts!

  9. Mia says:

    This book sounds amazing! And the photos are gorgeous. I absolutely love variety of shapes and sizes of her models.

    My favorite item of clothing right now are my Dansko ankle boots. They are adorable. They make me feel tall without making me walk funny (heels always make me walk like a horse) and they’re just plain cool.

  10. Cheryl says:

    Skirts… I love skirts. Knee lengths, flirty and feminine or practical and sporty. They make me feel dressed up and girly and confident.

  11. Kristin says:

    I love adding a colorful scarf my friend gave me to my outfits.

  12. Tagati says:

    Now that I’m retired (and heavier!), I tend to select comfortable clothes. My fave sweater is one with 3/4 length sleeves (I have short arms) with a nice button detail. The best thing is that it’s cashmere from a resale store!

  13. Rebecca Pfeiffer says:

    Lately, my favorite piece of clothing has been my recently completed Catboat Cardigan. I love this sweater because of the overall simplicity of the pattern, but the really nice attention to detail (garter stitch “raglan” shoulders, cable up the sides that moves with the mock raglan shaping, high collar). The design is so simple that I can wear it with almost anything, casual or somewhat dressy, and the color is decidedly spring inspired (light teal green)!

  14. Terhi says:

    I love sweaters I’ve made for myself. I’ve lately used hand dyed yarn, and every peace of clothing has turned out to be a success. When the design and right yarn with wonderful color meet I feel I’ve created a new friend.

  15. ikkinlala says:

    My favourite piece of clothing right now is a big long flowing hippie skirt that my mom’s friend gave me. I seldom wear it in public because it doesn’t have pockets (that’s the one sticking point), but when I’m at home it’s the most comfortable and flattering thing I wear.

  16. Laura says:

    I love cardigans. All cardigans. If it is open in the front, I’ll wear it. My office is cold, so this love grew from a necessity. There’s something cozy about a cardigan, hand knit or store bought, and layers are ever so practical.

  17. Naomi says:

    My favorite piece of clothing is a pair of jeans that fits just right- both comfortable and flattering.

  18. tracy_a says:

    lately – skinny jeans – I didn’t think I could wear the trend, until I tried them with longer tops. hooray! I really want to see this book in person – would love to win it!

  19. Gini says:

    My current favorite piece of clothing is a pair of jeans I bought a few weeks ago. It’s been ages since I had a pair of jeans that looked good on me and felt comfortable too. These are a skinny style but not super narrow at the ankle. They’re a dark, inky blue color with enough stretch to keep them comfortable but not enough to make them suck to my legs like a pair of tights. I wish I had bought more than one of them because they make me like wearing jeans again!

  20. Aparna Mulgund says:

    I just recently finished my first sweater, actually to be truthful , it is my first complete sweater. I have another sweater that I started for my husband and is now lying in my basket, I am having trouble with the sleeves. I love the sweater I finished , it turned out great and I love the way it fits me.I know that this is going to be my favorite. Not bad for a first timer.

  21. GemfireKnits says:

    My favorite sweater right now is an over sized zip up with a hood. Maybe not the most flattering, but it will definitely hide anything I want it to. It is my first attempt at a heavy sweater, and I love it, even though it is knit with a cheap acrylic/wool bend. I would love to learn how to make my hand knits fit better and flatter me!

  22. Caitlin says:

    I have a plethora of summer dresses in my closet, but my favorite is one with an empire waist that hits just below my bust. Somehow the way it was designed (the skirt is gathered from there) shows off my figure slightly but without being skin tight or too loose!

  23. lucie says:

    My favourite piece is a cardigan with pockets and a shawl collar. I have been designing sweaters and have some hits and misses and this book would be a great asset.

  24. Susan says:

    I have been reading Amy’s blog for some time now, and I am so impressed with her work and her patterns. I love cardigans – for warmth and a little bit of “dress-up” touch to pants and a shirt for work. I would love to win Amy’s book and use a pattern or two (or more – from what I’ve seen, there are a LOT of good ones!) and know how to adjust them for a perfect fit! Thanks for hosting the contest.

  25. Clarissa says:

    My favorite item of clothing at the moment is a quarter-length sleeve, boat-neck, navy striped shirt. It is cotton, very soft, and long enough to cover my belly which is surprisingly hard to find when you have a long torso like I do. I wear it multiple times a week.

  26. Bethany says:

    It’s so much easier to come up with all the near misses that this book could have helped me avoid! My favorite sweater these days is a hand knit blanket cardigan in silky wool – a perfect midweight, and I love the way the silk takes color.

  27. Hanni says:

    I love the homesocks I made – they are kind of turkish. I have a book from Anna Zilboorg and there I found parts of the pattern for my socks. I always wear them at home – even if I dont’t have cold feet.

  28. Kat Chapman says:

    My favorite sweater is a simple boatneck, raglan that I knit from Spincycle yarns. The yarns really class it up and it’s the only sweater I have with front and back darts, it really suits my curves!

  29. Marilynn Hart says:

    A pair of jeans that fit perfectly can rock my whole world. Thank you for the chance to win such a fabulous book!

  30. Karen Scheer says:

    I love the hoodie I wear running. It keeps me warm and makes me feel active and in shape just to have it on.

  31. tracey says:

    I have two items of clothing that I love. One is my corduroy jacket. It hits me just right and is the perfect shade of brown. The other is a button up shirt that came from a consignment shop. It is the perfect fit and shape. At first I was a bit put off by the color (blue), but now I love it.

  32. JOSEE says:

    My outfit of predilection is a pair of jeans and a feminine sweater both chosen to fit me well.

  33. Chel says:

    Lovely! Thanks for the review, those sweaters look great.

  34. Elaina says:

    My favorite item of clothing at the moment is my new “little black dress.” I feel so glamorous in it, like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

  35. Eileen D says:

    I just bought a new pair of Capris that are begging me to wear them. The waistband is not too high (I’m very short-waisted) and they don’t fit too loose or too tight anywhere! I’m saving them for vacation…

  36. Jennifer says:

    I know most people probably will name an article of clothing that they wear out of the house, but I love wearing an old, over-sized sweatshirt that my father handed down to me a few years ago. It has the name of my middle school on it, is so comfy and warm, and makes me feel so happy.

  37. Joanne Glier says:

    Oh, lucky me I have several! First a floral sundress, purchased at a consignment shop- add a black sweater and can be worn day or night, casual or work- so freshing in a room of black dresses. Second, a commercially knit Irish sweater purchased at the Dublin airport, duty free. With it I wear a scarf purchased at a Paris thrift shop- such memories! And finally a pair of fingerless mitts, stranded with flowers, perfect springtime addition to a denim jacket.

  38. Quinnwick says:

    I have a dress. It’s teal. If I am wearing it and spin around it sparkles. I’ve never worn it outside of the house, but every so often ill put it on and wear it around the house. When I wearing it I feel kind of like royalty for no real reason. I put it on once a month or so. Does that make me strange? :)

  39. Lisa says:

    My favorite item of clothing is my grandfather’s braided leather belt. I usually wear it with jeans, but I’ve also worn it low on the hips with dresses. It’s functional and sentimental.

  40. Hannah says:

    I was actually wearing my Larch cardigan yesterday and thinking it is just one of my very favourite sweaters. It is warm (I made it in Ultra Alpaca Light), stylish, has really nice finishing details, and fits well (it’s not too long, which is a consistent problem with my knitted sweaters). The set-in sleeves and twisted rib shawl collar make it look very polished. I’m so happy with it!

  41. Karina says:

    A lot of my clothes are ‘favourites’, but one in particular is a gold-yellow, long-sleeved t-shirt that makes me feel really gorgeous.

  42. Marilyn says:

    One of my favorite pieces of clothing is my long, black, flutter-edged cardigan. It feels a bit sophisticated and I feel pretty when I wear it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Tamara says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I looove the way my skinny jeans make me feel, especially with a long knit sweater.

  44. Virginia says:

    For now the item I enjoy wearing the most is my Magrathea which is made from handspun and dyed alpaca yarn with a beaded cast off. It is so soft. I’ve knit 2 sweaters of which my fav is my handspun Antler. I could have used the book when knitting the sweater. It could have used bust darts and made not so full for the chest area.

  45. Susan says:

    I found a pair of Express brand jeans a couple of months ago at a thrift store for 6 bucks that make my butt/waist area look great. I get compliments every time I wear them. I just need the perfect red sweater to wear with those jeans now…

  46. Serena O. says:

    Right now I love my yellow T-shirt. V neck, cap sleeves, and waist shaping that falls pretty close to where it should. The colour makes me happy too.

  47. Allison Hicks says:

    My current fave is a black scarf which (I think) lengthens my torso while creating visual interest. It’s bamboo, so it’s also very drapey and slinky against my neck. Love this book and hope I win!

  48. Sylvie says:

    My favorite hat (which was also my first stranded knitting project) makes me feel simultaneously cozy and mentally-collected, like it’s somehow holding my brains in or something.

  49. Laura B. says:

    I have caved on this project and am knitting a cardigan in pieces like Amy suggests in order to better modify for my shape… it’s slow going but I can see the benefits!

  50. Nikki says:

    Right now my favorite piece of clothing is a pair of men’s skinny jeans. They come up high enough to hide my muffin top, have huge pockets and make me look like I’m nicely curved =)

  51. Jesse says:

    Last year I made 3 dresses from the same pattern. The first one took 2 weeks, with all the fitting and unpicking. The third one took a day. I’ve worn them almost to pieces; it’s wonderful to be able to wake up and get dressed without a thought, and get on with my day! They make me feel competent, and friendly, and organised. Now it’s autumn here, and I long for knits that will do the same thing.

  52. sheralynn says:

    I really need to get a copy of this book at some point in my life. One of my favourite pieces of clothing is a fleece-lined hoodie, mostly for the reason that it makes me feel super duper cosy, and it’s the first sweater I grab when the weather turns. It’s light, cushy and just super comfortable and makes me happy!

  53. Jen says:

    I’ve been loving anything with a scooped neck..mostly my tshirts for layering. I learned at one of Amy’s workshops that drawing attention to my shoulders and “evens” me out.

  54. Barb Thompson says:

    I love my Aidez sweater; completion made me feel like a real knitter. Every time I wear it–and that is often, I feel empowered!

  55. Sally says:

    My favorite thing is a scoop neck, swingy, Eileen Fisher t-shirt dress I found at Goodwill with the tags on! It’s comfortable, flattering, and has the capacity for dressing down or up depending on the accessories I wear.
    What a fun giveaway question! Thanks for the chance to win!

  56. Isa says:

    I love to wear blouses and shirts, they make you look a bit more dressy, yet they still are comfortable and can be sexy. I’d love to get this book, i’ve taken Amy’s craftsy class, and her book would be a great complement, mainly for the shaping calculations, as i think it is easier to have the directions in writing.

  57. Stephy says:

    My current favorite article of clothing is a long gored dress–each gore is a different pattern of a beautiful fluttery silk. I love how it swirls as I walk!

  58. Pat says:

    Due to the nature of my work, most days I’m in jeans & a T-shirt and hand knitted clothing is not practical. Except for knitted socks! I can be moving boxes or mixing ink or making screens in my work-worn clothes, but my feet are first class all the way!!! And yes, I do have a few sweaters I’ve made, and definitely yes, I have fit issues with them, too. I’d love this book. Thanks for the opportunity…

  59. Kathy says:

    Six months ago I broke two bones in my foot, was in a cast for three months, am now wearing either running shoes or Alegrias (with my knitted socks). Does anyone have fashion advice for dressier events like going to church? I am a mature woman too, so I need something age appropriate. I also knit sweaters, vests, scarves – and my favorite piece is my Clapotis knitted out of 100% bamboo yarn.

  60. Kristen says:

    I am super excited about Amy’s new book. I have heard the most awesome things about it! I have read some of her fit blog in years past and it is fascinating stuff. I’m even wearing the correct bra size now thanks partially to Amy. If I don’t win a copy, I will definitely purchase it! :)

  61. Veronika says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and I’ve really enjoyed your review. Thank you for the chance to win. :)

  62. Anabella says:

    I found out rather accidentally that the V-necks I thought I didn’t like were actually quite flattering. Amy actually told me (ha! on the Craftsy class… now me, me!) why! I am looking forward to this book not only helping my knitting, but my overall dressing!

  63. Katie says:

    I knitted a Francis tee by Olga Buraya-Kefelian – it has two overlapping pieces in the back that make it kind of open at the bottom. I wore it out one night and my friend said some things that made me blush (all flattering, not creepy) and it felt extra good because the top was handmade!

  64. Kelly K. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I love sweaters with cowl necklines. They are always most flattering on me. They show a bit of skin and frames a pretty necklace – always a win!

    Rav ID: kellknit

  65. Sage says:

    I am really interested in Amy’s book … in part because of the vertical darts she talks about. The clothing I like the best on me has vertical shaping and I’m thinking that is exactly what I need in my sweaters, too.

  66. Kendra says:

    I love a fun dress with a perfectly paired cardigan, especially a hand-knit one. Just makes the day so much happier. This book looks amazing!!

  67. Erin McDonald says:

    I was at the book launch in Porter Square, bought the book, and fell in love with the sweet person that Amy is. She talked to us in a voice like you describe, the girl friend who will tell you gently but truthfully what looks good. The energy in the room was that sense of self acceptance, times one hundred. She had a friend there who took professional photos of us and, as Amy said, she only took good pictures of us. It was such an energizing event! As for favorite clothing, I would say skinny jeans, my Tea Leaves cardigan and a tee underneath.
    Rav ID: 19vesperstreet

  68. Skip says:

    A great pair of jeans! timeless, comfortable and acceptable everywhere I go!

  69. Mary deB says:

    I love a sweater I made about 20 years ago! It is cotton, the arms are too short, the edges are fraying… I need a new one!

  70. Robin F. says:

    My curves need this book. I’ve been drooling over the library’s copy ( which I asked them to order). But I need my own copy so I hope I win.

  71. MelodyJ says:

    I love my grey pencil skirt. It fits great and looks good too.

  72. Velda says:

    A great fitting pair of comfortable jeans makes all of my knitted sweaters look good! And I would love to win this book.

  73. kirsten says:

    I love a vintage dress my friend gave me, partly because it reminds me of her generosity, and partly because it makes me feel retro and nostalgic for an era I didn’t even experience, but mostly because it’s a wraparound and fits me perfectly no matter how much pasta I’ve eaten on any given day!

  74. Jaime says:

    My current favorite piece of clothing is a yellow shirt. Its just a 3/4 length sleeve t-shirt, but it glides over my curves without squeezing them tight and its in the happiest color for spring.

  75. Truly Myrtle says:

    Loving your Bailey right now … it’s nearly done :)
    Isn’t Amy clever?! I’d love to win!

  76. Janie Kirk says:

    I live in FL now so don’t get to wear sweaters much but I do have a short sleeved pullover I knitted years ago. It’s a blend of linen and something. don’t recall. I just love it…turquoise and tan… more of the former. It has stretched out over the years but I still love it

  77. Trudi says:

    Love wearing jeans with a t-shirt and cardigan. I can do casual pretty well, but dressy is not my thing. Hate heels and pantyhose, always end up with holes or ladders within 5 minutes, if not immediately. Also like my work uniform, it’s theatre scrubs so super comfy with lots of pockets. Definitely not fashionable though!!

  78. RisaJ says:

    I have a jacket that makes me feel professional, sexy and confident all at the same time!

  79. Michelle says:

    Lately, I’ve been wearing a beautiful wrap that I inherited from my MIL. It has bold patterns and texturing that I wouldn’t normally wear but I have been getting tons of compliments when I do. Definitely puts a smile on my face & swing in my step.

  80. Sandy says:

    I really love a beaded shawl I recently knitted — it didn’t have to fit! ;) I’d love to win this book so I could progress to a well-fitting sweater.

  81. Stephanie says:

    I’d have to say that my favorite piece of clothing is one particular pair of jeans I have. I feel tall and lean in them, no matter what top I am wearing… Big bulky sweater? These jeans me me feel like I am wearing a body conscious laceweight ribber pullover.

  82. Kate says:

    One of my goals this year is to knit my first sweater, and I know this book is going to be a fantastic resource for me. I have a very straight body, not many curves to be found. Many items of clothing are too billowy in the chest for me. One of my favorite things to wear is an open, drapy cardigan. I don’t have to worry about how it fits around my small chest.

  83. Gretchen says:

    I could certainly use Amy’s help as my last 2 sweaters turned out to be disappoinments…Having said that, I have a stripped t-shirt that I adore. I know it sounds simple, but the stripes go in all different directions and the sleeves are unique (attach more at mid waist, but are snug from the elbow down and are only 3/4 length). Something about the combination of it makes me look thinner which in turn boosts my confidence and just makes me happy!

  84. Sue says:

    My worn out gray sweatshirt is my absolute favorite garment. I’ve worn it from PJs to jeans to shorts, whatever, you get the picture. Note to self: PLEASE replace it SOON! So of course my knitted sweaters often resemble the comfortable style of a loose pullover.

  85. Meg White says:

    I love my Icelandic sweater that I knit during my trip around the country. I’m wearing it in about half my photos on Facebook! It’s warm and cozy, “goes with everything”(ok, I just wear it with everything), and I’m proud of having made it myself. It’s the best souvenir ever.

  86. Alli says:

    I recently purchased one of those open type sweaters. I was sure I would hate having a sweater with no way to fasten it but I was won over by this one because it has “sparkle”, it’s silver (goes with everything?) and it was inexpensive. I recently wore it to work because I was going out after work and got so many compliments! The things I thought would bother me didn’t at all and now I’m looking at other open sweaters in a whole new light.

    alligator on ravelry :)

  87. Marie ♥ says:

    I have a bright orange cotton sweater which I purchased and I love the fit and the color. I am using it to help size my first handknit sweater for myself. Amy’s book would come in handy for this sweater too!

  88. Francesca says:

    My favorite thing to wear right now is a sweet magenta tunic top – it is not loose or tight, it is just right!

  89. Linda Rumsey says:

    I love to knit sweaters and cardigans that come down to hip level, but have a shaped waist. I’m quite tall and shop bought ones always seem to hang funny.
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

  90. Cashmere is normally not in my budget. However, I found a simple, black, crew neck cashmere sweater at Old Navy (of all places) years ago. It’s held up beautifully and is my go-to sweater for nights out with the girls. Wish every sweater I owned was cashmere…amazingly soft, lightweight, and warm!

  91. Elizabeth says:

    I have to wear a lot of suits to work, and I definitely don’t have an “off the rack” sort of body. I can’t afford to get all of my suits tailored, but I have a few blouses that are my absolute favourite to wear with them because they fit perfectly, and they’re feminine, and that makes everything better! I’m just getting into knitting things that have to fit (as opposed to all scarves all the time), and I’m worried about getting the fit right. Winning this book would be amazing!

  92. Becca says:

    I have a pir of Lucky Jeans that I bought at a thrift store. They are so comfy and actually fit my distinctive hips. They just always make me feel stylish and relaxed. Great give away!

  93. Laura Brown says:

    This is so perfect – I’m planning on knitting 4-5 sweaters for myself this year (it’s selfish knitting, but others are getting their fair share too!) and this book would be PERFECT. I have a little bit of everything to knit: from big box store yarn to really nice merino or alpaca blend. I want all the sweaters to fit and look great, not just sort of work. Thanks for the chance to win!

  94. Sandie Russo says:

    I would love to win this book! Being plus sized it’s always a struggle to find clothing/sweaters that flatter my curves. My fav piece of clothing is a cute spaghetti strapped swing cut top that I wear in the summer in turquoise (my fav color). It always perks me up!

  95. Elizabeth says:

    I love the flared skirt i have with wide yokes and big pockets. They’re flattering, since they go in at my waist, but then they flare out and swirl when I turn – so much fun! I can hide anything in the pockets! I’d love to make big sweater coat with the same features!

  96. Barbara Meyers says:

    Lately I’m beginning to tHink it might actually get too warm for me to keep wearing the Icelandic Overblouse by Elizabeth Zimmerman which I have been wearing regularly ever since I finished it last fall. It is warm and light and has 3/4 length sleeves so it doesn’t get wet when I wash dishes. The only good thing is that I’ll be able to knit another one before it gets cool again!

    Barbara M. In NH

  97. Meredith MC says:

    My current favorite combo is knee socks with a skirt. It’s cold in the morning, and this keeps me warm enough until the temp rises and I can remove the socks. Plus, it’s cute! Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  98. Pam says:

    I have a light blue sweater that I keep trying to retire – but when I wear it, I feel so comfortable – and if I take the pills off, and wear it to work, I always get compliments. It’s one of Bonne Marie Burns first designs in Knitty – Sitcom Chic. Maybe I just ought to knit another – it’s simple, and apparently it suits me.

  99. Cheryl says:

    The perfect pair of jeans makes every sweater look like my best work. Alas, I’m still looking for that perfect pair. Mine wore out loooong ago. Is it possible to fine jeans without spandex anymore? I just want a fab pair of real, heavy cotton jeans that fit. In the mean time I’ll just keep knitting sweaters so I’ll be ready when I run across those jeans! P.S. Would love this book…

  100. Melissa says:

    I would be lost without my tissue tees. Long-sleeve or short, they fit close, but not too close and can be worn with most everything else in my closet.

  101. Alicia says:

    I love shirts that are long enough to hit my hips in a good spot but not so long that they go too far over my bum and make it stand out too much.

  102. mia says:

    I love a black dress in a high quality fabric which I wear almost every day. The dress makes me feel confident and sophisticated. And I can wear one of my knitted sweaters to it, too :)

  103. Anna says:

    I tend to live in ballet flats, always wear them. I also enjoy wearing shirtdresses that can be worn with a belt or ribbon at the waist.

  104. Jackie says:

    My favorite thing to wear EVER is my lacy sweater I knitted with MadelineTosh pashmina (my pics are on ravelry). It fits so perfect, the raspberry color is ridiculous and it was a labor of love knitting on toothpicks. It makes me feel accomplished to knit something lacy and it looks amazing on me. I’m rather chesty and it is often hard for me to knit cardigans that fit up-top without being too big on the bottom–I need some fit help for sure.