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New Releases. Notify me. Description French Girl Knits is the unique vision of designer Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, with sensuously feminine, superbly fitted garments, fashioned in luxurious yarns, using innovative seamless construction methods. Known in the knit and crochet community for her pattern company, French Girl, the author utilizes inventive combinations of texture, color, and stitch patterns coupled with timeless, figure-flattering silhouettes to fashion-enticing projects for knitters of all skill levels and body types.
A Design Workshop features in-depth tutorials that teach Kristeen's seamless construction methods featured in the book, providing valuable technical information for both beginning and seasoned knitter. French Girl Knits patterns feature unique construction.
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The need for sewing seams has been almost completely eliminated by fashioning patterns in one piece from start to finish. Techniques involve constructing the garment in a more organic way either from the top down, from the hem up, from the back out, and picking up and using live stitches when possible. Another key element in French Girl patterns is the silhouette. All of Kristeen's designs are body conscious and figure flattering. Inside each chapter is an overview of a construction technique—Side-to side seamless, Top-down seamless raglan, Bottom-up seamless raglan, and Top-down seamless set-in sleeve, and Bottom-up seamless set-in sleeve.
These overviews are excellent. Short and sweet, but explaining the IDEA of the technique, with schematics to illustrate the various steps.
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The only real problem is that they kind of get in the way of the patterns. I would have much preferred to see them gathered together into a chapter of their own at the back or front of the book. As it stands, they act more like speed bumps.
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You page through the patterns, feeling inspired, and then, bump! The illustrations—always vital in a knitting book—are good. Nice pictures that show the actual shape and detail of the sweaters, without odd posing or a worrisome multiplicity of props that could be hiding problems. This book is available at Amazon. Want to see bigger pictures? Click here. This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!
Thanks for the review. My copy came yesterday and I love the book. Your review is really right about the layout. I would love all the special info together but want to start several of the sweaters immediately. Techniques involve constructing the garment in a more organic way either from the top down, from the hem up, from the back out, and picking up and using live stitches when possible. Another key element in French Girl patterns is the silhouette.
All of Kristeen's designs are body conscious and figure flattering. Many designs include curve-friendly waist shaping, empire-waist detailing, and stitch details that emphasize the feminine form. Inspired by historical costume, she uses unique detailing such as lacing, openwork, lace edgings, and bell sleeves to further highlight the silhouette.