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French Girl Knits

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Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, known in the knit and crochet community for her pattern company, French Girl, utilizes inventive combinations of texture, color, and stitch patterns in her fashion-forward, seamless design work featured in her new book, French Girl Knits. French Girl Knits includes: Classy, feminine designs fashioned in luxurious yarns that achieve suberb figure-flattering fit with seamless construction-the need for sewing has been eliminated with Kristeen's one-piece designs. Four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history: Enfant Sauvage (Wild Child), la Boutique Parisienne (A Vintage Dress Shop in Paris), Dans La Rue (Street Wear), and Creatrice (Creative Woman). A design workshop featuring in-depth tutorials that teach seamless construction methods featured in French Girl Knits, providing valuable technical information for both beginning and seasoned knitters. You"ll learn how to design in a more organic way, either from the top down, from the hem up, from the back out, and by picking up live stitches when possible. All of the designs featured in French Girl Knits 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, Kristeen uses unique detailing such as lacing, openwork, lace edgings, and bell sleeves to further highlight the woman's silhouette. French Girl Knits invites you to be immersed in a world filled with imagination and creativity, using knitting as a vehicle for self-express and encouraging experimentation through your medium.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 228.6 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 580.6g
  • Interweave Press Inc
  • Loveland, CO, United States
  • English
  • 150 colour illustrations
  • 1596680695
  • 9781596680692
  • 24,239

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-5 out of 5 stars. I really love the designs in this book. All the designs have great body shaping, many with curve-friendly waist shaping and/or empire style waists.- - Knitting News-A lovely book full of great patterns for women who love romantic knits as well as those who like more of an edge. The book is a great way to learn seamless techniques.- - About.com Guide to Knitting-So captivating, so conducive to wistful longing that my eyes well up at the thought of it...it's a feast even if you never knit a thing from it, so why deny yourself the pleasure?- - Twist Collective-Oh la la! This singular collection drips with je ne sais quoi, its 18 body-conscious pieces revealing both rustic and dans-les-rues influences of French fashion.- - Yarn Market News-Everything that you'd expect from a knitting book inspired by 'an appreciation of the small, lovely moments in life' that is apparent in the lives of the French. There is beautiful, lush, knitterly photography--closeups of unusual knitting stitches and details, along with vintage inspired interiors and stunning scenery.- - YARN: The Australian Magazine for Knitting and More-Gorgeous patterns.- - Blogcritics.org-This is an amazing book to add to your knitting library especially if you love cute little sexy sweaters. There are also a few in here that I would consider great first-time sweaters.- - Knitty.com-First Reaction: Ooh la la...Classic shapes, but with extra design elements, like lace gussets, or ribbing to provide shape; an unexpected cable, creative closures, or knit-in color work to accent an edge.- - KnittingScholar.comshow more

About Kristeen Griffin-Grimes

Seattle designer Kristeen Griffin-Grimes launched her French Girl pattern line in early 2005. Her patterns are currently carried in 125 yarn stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and on websites such as Jimmy Beans Wool, The Knitting Garden, and Dream Weaver Yarns. The French Girl label was inspired by Kristeen's mother, a jazz vocalist of New Orleans Cajun descent (the original "French Girl") and a ten-year love affair with France. She leads annual knitting workshops and cuisine and wine tours in France every spring and fall. www.frenchgirlknits.com.show more

Table of contents

Bonjour from French Girl La Boutique Parisienne: Romantic and vintage inspired Satine floaty tunic tank Sophia cable-edged cardigan Overview: Side-to-Side Seamless Construction Anjou lacy tie-hem tunic Paloma cap-sleeve blouse Enfant Sauvage:Rustic with a gypsy edge Nadine tunic tank Wrenna leather-laced cardigan Overview: Top-Down Seamless Raglan Construction Stella cable and lace jacket Cybele lace-up tank Ondine appliqued skirt La Creatrice : Innovative and unconventional Delphine lacy cap-sleeve top Niobe lacy bell-sleeve pullover Overview: Bottom-Up Seamless Raglan Construction Celeste mohair lingerie wrap Simone flared-sleeve cowl Overview: Top-Down Seamless Set-In Sleeve Construction Dans La Rue: Streetwear with style Viola short-sleeved cardigan Martine slip-stitch bordered hoodie Louisa lace tunic Overview: Bottom-Up Seamless Set-in Sleeve Construction Veronique airy shrug Bijou cropped cotton cardigan Glossary Sources for supplies Online Sources Bibliography Indexshow more

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