Fitted knits : 25 Designs for the Fashionable Knitter 9781581808728 by Stefanie Japel. I really liked the sound of this book – knits that are made to fit one properly and aren’t designed as big sacks but are in more form fitting, stylish shapes. I had seen some things knit from the book on the web and I liked them (you can see some of the pictures here, esp. Boatneck Bluebell Sweater and Textured Tunic or on Amazon). So I had high hopes for this book.
Unfortunately, I don’t like the book quite as well as I had hoped. Pretty much everything is knit in the round, from the top down (with basic instructions for altering covered on 3 pages). This is fine, but it doesn’t show alternative ways to alter and fit a garment. I think I may be a bit mood dependent with these designs or else they are growing on me. When I first drafted this review, I thought, there weren’t too many projects I liked at all. Also, some of the designs fall victim to the photograph in the book. I do not like short vests over long shirts. I also am not too fond of most of the neck openings and I think there are too many shoulder buttons. A surprising number were made of chunky yarns, which is OK, but didn’t fit with my idea of fitted knits.
Looking at some of the pictures now, I realize I like more of the items more than I had first realized. I think that the book wasn’t as perfect as I had wanted it to be so it was a victim of failing my high expectations. With some modifications, I would like several of the designs better. this is another popular knitting book that has a KAL.