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French Girl Knits Accessories

French Girl Knits Accessories by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes.

Interweave Press.

As if we needed another reason to hate French women. They apparently don't get fat, they raise better children than we Americans do and, at least according to Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, they're better at accessorizing, too.

In her book French Girl Knits Accessories: Modern Designs for a Beautiful Life this American with a passion for all things French shares the secrets for adding just a little extra something special to your outfits. All the better because that special little something will be a thing you made yourself.

About the Book

  • Pages: 120
  • Format: paperback with flaps
  • Number of patterns: 16
  • Sizing: all projects are one size
  • Skill level: none given, but most are for an advanced beginner and up
  • Illustrations: full-color photographs
  • Knitting lessons: none, but there is a nine-page glossary in the back with techniques you might need help with
  • Publication date: September 2012

The Patterns

French Girl Knits Accessories is divided into three sections: hats and toques, mittens and socks and shawls and wraps. Before that, Griffin-Grimes aims to give those of us who haven't been to France a look at the French lifestyle and style philosophy. This section has some beautiful pictures and will give you something to think about while you knit these patterns in (I assume) slightly less grand surroundings.

These patterns are pretty, with a lot of lace and frilly flounces. It's not a look that's for everyone, but if you're thinking about picking up a book with the word girl in the title you probably already have certain expectations, especially if you read her first book, French Girl Knits.

Some of my favorite patterns -- keeping in mind that I'm not a huge fan of frills -- include the Jasmin Headscarf, a leafy green lace number that will make you look pretty on your worst hair days; the completely simple Sapphire Toque, embellished with a brooch to make it pop; the Blanche-Neige Stockings, huge cabled kneesocks with a lacy, hazy edging; the two-colored Gabrielle Buttoned Mitts, inspired by Chanel; and the easy but pretty top-down Alouette Shrug.

Bottom Line

"Easy but pretty" is actually a pretty good description for a lot of this book. Leaving off the lace (and one project that uses Brioche Stitch), there's not a lot that's difficult here (and some of the lace isn't too taxing, either). And to me that's a really good thing.

I think a lot of us want easy, pretty projects that don't take too much time but make a big impact in our wardrobes. That's exactly what accessories are supposed to do and exactly what this book aims to help us with.

Of course all these projects would be great for gift-giving, but they're also the perfect way to treat yourself to a luxurious little something that will jazz up whatever you wear it with.

Publisher's website

Projects on Ravelry

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