Knitting a sweater is an undertaking for any knitter, no matter your skill level. It takes a significant investment of time and yarn, and it can be incredibly satisfying if the right pattern and size are chosen. It can also be a disappointment if you are knitting along and realize that the sweater isn't going to fit, or isn't going to look the way you expected.
Amy Herzog's mission is to create sweater success stories. Her approach to garment knitting is called Fit to Flatter, and her “passionate belief is that your clothes should make you look and feel as gorgeous as you truly are.” She helps knitters find their inherent body type (as opposed to their size), and find patterns that suit that type.
She presents her approach in in-person and online classes, a popular Ravelry group, her website and blog, and now in a new book out this week. Knit to Flatter (published by STC Craft), is the published accumulation of years of work she's been posting about creating well-fitting garments. The book is filled with beautiful sweater patterns, but more than that, it contains all the things you've been wanting to know about choosing the right pattern for your shape and modifying your selected pattern to fit your body perfectly. The photos, by Karen Pearson, show each pattern on different models to give you a better idea of how each fits.
One of the patterns in Knit to Flatter, Dansez, is knit in Cricket. It is a luxurious scoop-neck pullover with lace details on the ends of the sleeves and body. Amy says that “it's a great example of how well lace patterning and shaded-solid yarns can work together. I think we often steer away from the combination because we're worried that the stitch patterning will get obscured, but (as Dansez shows) patterning and shaded color can really complement one another nicely.”
Knit to Flatter is available now at your favorite book outlets. It is currently a #1 bestseller in Crafts & Hobbies at Amazon!