Guest Post: Knit to Flatter Blog Tour Kickoff

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Guest Bloggers | 90 comments

My career has been all about making women feel awesome in the garments they knit from my patterns, and Amy’s F2F original blog series was a great help when I was starting out. I was beyond thrilled to be asked to be included in this blog tour, so how about we let Amy get her groove on and tell us all about her book?? There’s also a competition below, don’t miss out!!!!

I’m a huge fan of Ruth’s designs, they’re so fresh and fun to wear! So I’m super excited to be a guest contributor here to kick off the blog tour for my new book, Knit to Flatter, with STC Craft/Melanie Falick books.

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(Photos by Karen Pearson and used with permission.)

Knit to Flatter is a book with lots of knitting in it, to be sure. But it’s very special to me, because it’s not really about knitting. At its heart, it’s about all of us loving our clothes and feeling amazing in them.

Many people who read a title like “Knit to Flatter” assume I’m going to launch into some kind of What Not to Wear tirade about rules and how you can’t knit that sweater you’re craving. Nothing could be further from the truth, really. I want to help you get sweaters you love to wear. Within your own comfort zone, style, and life. If you like that sweater, I want you to knit it. In a way that works perfectly for you.

For me, the path to sweaters I loved started with my own rather expensive taste in yarn. I don’t have an easy body to fit; I need to make modifications to a pattern when I knit it to truly love my sweaters. And I desperately wanted to love my sweaters! So over the years, I built up a set of modifications that I now make to just about every sweater I knit for myself: I add ~1.5’’/4 cm of bust darts, I add some length to the body of the sweater, I add some length to the sleeves.

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(Tangled Yoke cardigan, Eunny Jang.)

In 2010, I started writing up my observations on making sweaters that you love to wear in a series of blog posts I called Fit to Flatter. Response to them was so positive that I began teaching workshops on the subject, and these workshops have led me here, to this book.

The workshops have taught me so much about women, and their clothing, and fitting the many and varied body shapes we have. They’ve been rewarding beyond belief, because there’s no feeling like seeing someone change from thinking their body is flawed to recognizing how beautiful they truly are. So I was very excited to have the chance to take the knowledge I’ve gained from the classes, re-vamp the tutorials, and present everything in a concise reference with patterns specifically designed to exercise the principles I discuss.

The book begins with a chapter on what body shape is, and how to determine your own. It explains why hand-knit sweater patterns are essentially ready-to-wear clothing instructions, and need a bit of tweaking to fit most of us perfectly. It provides a measurement sheet specifically designed to be comparable to knitting pattern schematics, with instructions on how to fill yours out. I teach you how to pick a “base size” that will ensure a good fit through your shoulders. I give you a “perfect sweater checklist” that will take you from loving a picture in a magazine to loving the sweater in your closet.

Then, I go into the three main categories of body shape–describing them in detail, offering some guidelines on sweater elements that will provide (or preserve) balance to that shape, if that’s what you’d like from your clothing. I provide patterns that are very simple, easy to knit, but play with these principles. I include a chapter on “special considerations”, like the bust, straight and curvy waists, and long/short torsos, again with patterns to match. Finally, I include a reference chapter on how to make the modifications discussed in the book.

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I feel so strongly about this topic. We waste so much time and energy on wishing we could change fundamentally unchangeable things about our body. We waste so much time and energy with a useless side-view of ourselves in the mirror. With numbers we don’t like about ourselves. Hunting down tips and tricks to hide our figure “flaws”.

It drives me crazy, not just because this makes millions of women unhappy and unhealthy, but even moreso because it’s bunk! There is no “perfect” body. Your body is not flawed in the slightest. You are every single bit as beautiful as every other woman on this planet. And your body is perfect and amazing. Numbers… are almost useless.

If there’s a thing or two you don’t like about your appearance, that’s totally fine! (We all have that thing, by the way; mine is my thighs.) But don’t let your whole life be about that thing. Because others don’t see you the way you see yourself, and your clothing can do a lot to project the body shape you’d prefer to have. I’d like to help you understand how, so you can knit sweaters you love to wear and get on with your life. Feeling great about your beautiful self.

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Thanks for reading! I’d love to see you elsewhere on the blog tour, since we have a very exciting line-up of stops:

Monday, April 15: Rock and Purl – Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Tuesday, April 16: Mind of Winter – Julia Trice
Wednesday, April 17: Mary Jane Mucklestone
Thursday, April 18: Moth Heaven – Julia Farwell-Clay
Friday, April 19: Baby Cocktails – Thea Colman
Saturday, April 20: Knitting At Large – Julie Matthews
Sunday, April 21: ADD Knitter
Monday, April 22: Savory Knitting – Amy Christoffers
Tuesday, April 23: Carole Knits

For today, we’d love to give away one copy of Knit to Flatter to a reader. To enter, please leave a comment on this post completing this sentence:

My favorite sweater makes me feel…

Contest will be open until Apr 25th!

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90 Comments

  1. … good. No, wait, it’s not just ‘good’ – it’s ‘goooooooood’. In a way that makes you want to smile when you’re facing the mirror.

  2. My favourite sweater makes me feel taller — like I’m standing straighter, with better posture, and my lumpier bits are all magically un-lump-ified with this new height. (Also? I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. I’m knitting Afterlight right now, and loving it.)

  3. My favourite sweater makes me feel good about myself and allows me at times when things aren’t going good to give me that boost of confidence to step over the doorstep and face the outside world, my favourite sweater is also my best friend which I couldn’t ever be without :)

  4. My favourite sweater makes me feel comfortable, it’s cosy, well fitting and goes with everything! It is in fact the perfect cardi :D

  5. My favorite sweater makes me feel cozy, warm and not shlumpy! :) I love the Fit to Flatter series and can’t wait to get the book!

  6. My favourite sweater makes me feel like I’ve having a long warm cuddle on a dark stormy Wintery night. Warm inside and out.

  7. Sexy. I mean, I love a good, comfy sweater, but if I’m putting something on that makes me feel awesome, it’s definitely going to make me feel sexy too.

  8. Fun and stylish. My favorite sweater makes me smile!

  9. Comfy&warm, like a well needed hug. And if it’s a pretty color, bonus!

  10. Sexy and confident!!

  11. warm and cozy.

  12. My favourite sweater makes me feel fit, sexy and gorgeous…

  13. My favorite sweater makes me feel like a real knitter!

  14. My favorite sweater makes me feel… SEXY… I know that sounds kind of cheesy but really I prefer a sexy fit above a cozy sweater… If it can combine both that would be the perfect sweater! :)

  15. ….like it’s a hug from Grandma (because it’s her sweater that she knitted)

  16. A huge sense of achievement, it was a complete fluke that it fitted how I wanted and I really need to know how to repeat it! thanks for the chance to find out x

  17. My favorite sweater makes me feel….confident and sexy!

  18. My favorite sweater makes me feel comfortable and toasty warm!

  19. My favourite sweater makes me feel feminine, without thinking ‘arrgh – too booby!’

    So far I’ve knitted only one sweater that I actually wear, and I’m still not completely happy with it. I really need to get better at fitting!

  20. My favorite sweater makes me feel confident & beautiful!

  21. Warm and confident.

  22. warm. Long sleeves and wool are indispensable!

  23. Clever… Since I knit it, it fits beautifully and I made some pattern mods to make it perfect.

  24. ‘Put together’.

  25. Slim…I am working on getting rid of bulky bunchy sweaters from my wardrobe.

  26. cozy but not sloppy!

  27. like a Sundance model.

  28. My favorite sweater makes me feel warm all over

  29. …comfy and put together.

  30. snuggly, and hugged. I rarely wear sweaters since I’m always hot but when I do wear one I go to my old favs that are my friends.

  31. warm but a bit dumpy. Hubby likes it on me, though!

  32. cuddled!

  33. protected. They’re my mental equivalent of armor.

  34. super feminine, warm, cozy, and put-together. Great post btw.

  35. warm & snuggly.

  36. elegant and comfortable at the same time. Where is that sweater?

  37. Like I accomplished something really special!

  38. put together. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. feel good about myself, for how I look wearing it and that I made it myself!

  40. . . . Fabulous!

  41. stylish!

  42. My favorite sweater makes me feel confident, sassy, and thoroughly competent (if I made it myself). It is also comfortable and the perfect color for me!

  43. comfortable and good looking.

  44. Like a chic French girl

  45. Tall, slender and elegant :)

  46. Warm and cozy

  47. My favorite sweater makes me feel like I look well put together which makes me feel more stylish and confident.

  48. My favorite sweater makes me comfy in the house, warm when I run outside, well put together when I run to the store, interesting when I stop at the library. It’s made in goldenrod yellow and I’ve had it for many years. It’s a very basic knit, but I love it.

  49. stylish and clever.

  50. My favorite sweater makes me feel warm and relaxed.

  51. smart!

  52. Warm, comfortable and “put together” . Hopefully once I’ve gotten my hands on this wonderful book I’ll be able to have all my hand knit sweaters make me feel this way! Congratulations Amy, and thank you Ruth for the the opportunity to win a copy.

  53. My favorite sweater is one that is warm, fits excellently (should not be baggy or tight anywhere), and is a beautiful color. Makes me feel stylish, confident, and fit!

  54. Skinny!

  55. Confident.

  56. Hugged!

  57. Proud of my work and happy to show it off!

  58. safe and more confident than I really feel.

  59. My favorite sweater makes me feel confident and cozy at once.

  60. My favorite sweater makes me feel comfortable and hip!

  61. My favorite sweater makes me feel… A rock star.

  62. Like I have a waist.

  63. My favourite sweater makes me feel warm and cosy.

  64. Happy and stylish

  65. My favorite sweater makes me feel shapely and attractive

  66. My favourite sweater makes me feel feminine!

  67. Stlylish and Comfortable

  68. accomplished and attractive.

  69. My favorite sweater makes me feel cozy but not dumpy.

  70. My favorite sweater makes me feel confident

  71. My favorite sweater makes me feel loved.
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  72. Creative, because I spun the wool, dyed the yarn, then knit the sweater.

  73. My favorite sweater makes me feel like I’ve left the house in my pajamas (cozy and comfy in my own skin) and it’s my little secret because my favorite sweater doesn’t make me look like I’ve left the house in my pajamas.

  74. My favorite sweater makes me feel like I’m being hugged all day long!

  75. My favorite sweater makes me feel comfortable.

  76. My favourite sweater makes me feel confident and comfortable in my own skin.

  77. My favourite sweater makes me feel cozy.

  78. My favorite sweater makes me feel comfortable and beautiful!

  79. My favorite sweater makes me feel comfortable and stylish

  80. My favorite sweater makes me feel happy and cozy.

  81. My favorite sweater makes me feel like I am on top of the world!

  82. My favourite sweater makes me feel competent and friendly!

  83. My favorite sweater makes me feel confident and pretty

  84. My favorite sweater makes me feel confident. I know I’ll look great and focus my attention on other things instead.

    Rav ID: kellknit

  85. Confident and Ready…anything is possible!

  86. good , stylish and comfortable.

  87. Comfy but also groovy.

  88. Warm and comfy.

  89. Smart and comfy.

  90. sensuous.

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