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If you tell me where to write, I will add my voice to yours!!!


Yeehaw, I just finished writing a rant about clothing sizes in general. Must be spring.


I know, I saw this book too and I was pretty turned off by these models too as well as the superchunky knitting aspect.


Maybe they need the large cables in bulky yarn to hide the fact they don't have any chestages? PLBTT to all of them! Then again, I didn't find anything in Big Girl Knits either. I'm a fence straddler, sized between two worlds :(


I'm right there with you in my irritation with this book.

The first time I saw the sizes for these sweaters I thought it had to be a typo.


Well, no one but a size 3 can pull off a sweater knit up with roving, anyway.

There was a sweater in the latest Vogue I was interested in knitting, but changed my mind upon realizing the the sizing ended at a 35" bust.


33 inch??? I am not exactly well-endowed, and when I reached my full height I weighed just over 100 pounds, and even then I was bigger around than that. Something is sicko in the state of Denmark.

(I didn't stay that skinny for long: I grew first and then gained weight, and people told me how much better I looked.)

I wish there were some way to bring sanity back to the fashion industry (if it was ever there in the first place). Maybe we all need to start making our own clothes, and give them a giant finger?


While I agree with you COMPLETELY about the emaciated skeletons, and the lack of size ranges offered, I'd like to speak up for the healthy-weighted flat chested women in the crowd...

I'm a size 6, with a 32" bust and I have to wear a significantly enhancing Vicky's Secret bra with most of my clothes in order to prevent them from hanging listlessly down my front - although they fit my waist, shoulders etc. Without looking at that model's skeletal cheekbones (sad and infuriating) I have to admit that I love the flat front design of the sweater, and knowing I could wear it without the help of strap-on boobs.


I've knit one sweater designed by her, and it turned out huge. Blame gauge or fate, but it didn't look fabulous. On the one hand, to wear yarn that chunky you would have to be that tiny. On the other... well. Publishers should be more careful about what they agree to and promote.


Good grief! I'm short and in the medium (and maybe even small) range for most sweaters. And yet, the last time I had a 33 inch bust was in puberty. I hit a C cup at 13 and never looked back. I'm all for having a wider range in sizes in sweaters patterns but that strikes me as a bit ridiculous.

That being said, when I knit chunky yarn into a sweater, I look chunky. So, I wouldn't be interested in the book anyway.



33" ?
Emma wanders off to measure thigh...


Hmmm, could it be that this is supposed to be for "tweens"? Honestly, how could nothing have a bigger chest than 33 otherwise? And that demographic is a huge money draw, so maybe? Just a thought.


I haven't seen the book, although I'm mightily curious now, Julia. While I don't embrace the anorexic, emaciated look, I do have to speak up for the women who are petite and eat, exercise, and worry about fitting into clothes that weren't from the juniors/girls section (me included).

The book publishers were probably going for a specific demographic the same way that "Big Girl Knits" does, but I think the mistake they made was in booking these stick figures instead of healthy-looking, real women. We're out there, you know.


Hmmm...I wonder what size the authors of those patterns are and if they'd be able to make an of them as written for themselves.


Quick! Someone feed that girl. She's going to pass out! ;)




Is it any wonder our would is so fubar?

Loved Emma's comment :)


I had the same reaction when I saw the featured patterns from it in the latest Patternworks catalog--the sizes offered were something like 30 (31, 32)". Completely absurd and off the mark. While I haven't seen the whole book, I've probably seen about half of the projects in various catalogs, websites and blogs and none of them are shapes that couldn't have easily been sized up. That boxy cardigan at the top is the perfect case in point. There is no reason for that not to have sized up at least into the 40s.

The Feminist Mafia

Sputtering right along with ya.

Valerie in San Diego

I'm used to this with older knit books ('80s and earlier), but now? Come on. Do they think they'll sell MORE books with a compressed size range? @#*$(@#*$#@($*.


it's very much a ... stereotypical fashion book, with designs made only for runway models. That's the impression I get from that designer as well -- that is what she WANTS to be. So, eh.

I don't really like the style of her stuff at all (super bulky ? uck!) but I did flip through the book, and that was the impression I got, anyway. Hohum. I wouldn't look good in superbulky sweaters anyway! :)


hmmm. Why would one even bother sizing for 1 inch increments? Having been asked to do all of the sizing and pattern writing for someone else's designs, I wonder if they didn't just pick someone very inexperienced (and underpaid) to do it.


Sputtering along with you.


A 33?!? What a waste of an audience.


What a bummer. Glad I read it here first before actually getting the book. And I have a sneaking suspicion that all the items knit with Cruise are "knit with 4 stands held together", so you need 20 balls to make a sweater that will only fit a 12-year-old girl. [sigh] I was excited for high-fashion knits you can make yourself... If you're a size 3.

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