Annie Modesitt is a master at producing lovely, feminine knitting patterns with a romantic feel. Her book Romantic Hand Knits: 26 Flirtatious Designs that Flatter Your Figure is full of classic designs that will make you feel like a lady.
Most of the patterns are not for new knitters -- unless you're one of those fearless new knitters. But even new knitters will love this book because it gives them something to aspire to: sexy knits that look great on people of all different sizes.
Real Knits Have Curves
Annie Modesitt emphasizes good fit in this book, encouraging knitters to be honest about their size to make knits that actually look good and that the knitter feels good wearing.
"It's vital that we're honest with ourselves -- evaluating the parts of our figure we'd prefer to enhance and using a tape measure instead of relying on what we think our waist or bust measurement is!" she writes.
The patterns include a wide range of sizes (for instance, one strappy tank top with a built-in shelf bra has a bust range of 28 to 48 inches) and potential modifications that will make the projects fit you better, whatever your size.
These 26 patterns are divided into Above the Waist, Below the Waist and Accessories, and each is named after a classic romantic movie. There are tank tops, sweaters, fingerless gloves, short skirts, long skirts, dresses, scarves, hats and more.
The patterns incorporate lots of lace, short rows, slip stitches, ribbing and embroidery to shape the pieces and give them more romantic appeal. Most of the patterns are ranked intermediate or advanced because of the combination of stitches and techniques, but they're very doable for people who are detail-oriented and ready for a challenge.
Some of the easier patterns include a skirt that sweeps the floor and includes colorful embroidery around the base of the skirt, a tank top with a 1920s bathing suit feel, a ruffled, knee-length skirt, a dropped stitch wrap skirt, lacy gloves and a coil-like scarf.
These patterns are dramatic, lovely, and often sexy (such as the thigh-length lace stockings and super-short halter top dress).
Other pieces combine classic styles with feminine details for beautiful pieces you'll want to wear outside of your home as well. There's a beautiful Edwardian ribbed sweater with lace details and embroidery, and a lovely long dress full of nice details.
The bottom line is that this book is chock-full of patterns you'll love to knit that will bring a more romantic and feminine feel to your daily life. Who couldn't use more of that?
Publication date: August 2007