Book Review: Curvy Girl Crochet

Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter by Mary Beth Temple came across my desk quite a while ago, and I feel very remiss that I did not get to review it here earlier.  Mary Beth, besides a designer, is a great crochet teacher.  I love books from teachers since they approach material differently and actually think about how a crocheter will make the pieces.  Now, from a curvy girl perspective myself I really appreciate her collection that all will work well on my body.  The very first rule I tell all my students is you need to know what flatters your shape.  Once you know that you have just cut your work in half.  You will know after you put in all that work if a new sweater will fit or hang strangely on you.  And who has time for the latter?  I don't.  I know that when I design garments, I rarely get a chance to design for girls like me.  Mostly I only get the opportunity for proportional measurements, meaning I rarely get to design for me.  Having an entire book that would flatter is a nice addition to the library.

Skirt the Issue, Andee Graves

The Essential Pullover, Mary Beth Temple
The projects are sized from a Large to 5X.  Every project has clear directions and a stitch diagram for the gauge swatch. You will find tips in the beginning of the book on how to adjust and customize the projects to your shape.  My favorites in the book you can see to the side.  Each are ones I could easily see myself wear.  Keep your eye out for the drape on the projects.  The right drape makes all the difference in a beautiful flattering sweater and you can see that here.  There are 25 projects in the book, 17 are garments, 5 are scarves/ cowls, the rest is a mix of bags/ ponchos.

Orange Marmalade, Marly Bird
You can enter to win a copy of the book by leaving a comment (or email or twitter) on what type of sweater best flatters your shape (like a empire waist tunic or cropped cardigan or oversized pullover). I will pick a winner on Saturday and contact them (don't forget to leave a way I can contact you! Again, email, facebook, ravelry, or twitter all are fine)



Anonymous said...

I seem to suit/like loose, floaty shapes or closely-fitting silhouettes. I don't "do" the boxy stuff unless it's for loafing around the house in!

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Haven said...

I like the long, asymmetrical cardigans. Like you said in the blog, a good drape on those is so important.

Sarah.Crochet said...

I've learned to really appreciate empire waist shirts. I've also had my eye on this book for a while now!


Anonymous said...

I prefer cardigans - something a little form-fitting, but not too tight.

Jenee said...

Looks like a great book! I wear a lot of cardigans. Jeneer on ravelry

SimchasJewels said...

I've had my eye on this book for some time. I like things that are loose fitting, but not so loose as to be sloppy.

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AECDesigns said...

Ooo...I've been eye-balling this book! I think most tunics look best on me. Large "girls", bit of a tummy. (Was that TMI?!) LOL