'Fitted Knits' featuresprojects, beginning with simple Tshirts and shrugs and moves on to advanced jumpers, cardigans and skirts It features a comprehensive section covering the skills necessary to create a wellfitted garment, removing the guesswork from customising patterns

10 thoughts on “Fitted Knits: 25 Designs for the Fashionable Knitter

  1. Matthew Gatheringwater Matthew Gatheringwater says:

    There are a lot of ugly sweaters in the world, but you won't find any in this stylish book. Stefanie Japel (of glampyre.com) has designed 25 shapely garments for knitters who love the unique way that a knitted garment can move with the body. Here are sculptural sweaters that both hug and drape the figure, instead of uninspired rectangles that bunch under arms or sag over bottoms.

    Shaping is often scary for new knitters, but these patterns are rated by difficulty and there are several that I'd suggest, perhaps not as a first project, but as an early project for the kind of new knitter that is interested just as much in an attractive product as she is in a comforting process.

    I'd give the garment photographs a B+. There doesn't appear to be any photo trickery here. (With a fitted garment, who needs a clothes-pin at the small of the back?) We see a full garment and several detail shots for each pattern, but even with multiple shots, we don't always see the full front and back of the garment. One pattern (the tweed jacket and skirt set) is photographed with light from above and behind the dark-clad model. We see a great silhouette, but few details.

    For new and intermediate knitters especially, this book is probably not going to be enough for you to successfully complete your pattern. The sections on calculating fit and finishing are cursory and the various knitting stitches and techniques are not illustrated. It will be helpful to have your favorite knitting reference guide handy.

    Although this is a new book, it has already generated an extensive errata, which is dutifully kept by the author on her Website. (This, by the way, is one of the reasons I don't recommend knitting a pattern from a new book.)

  2. Lain Lain says:

    I was lucky enough to meet Stefanie at a trade show recently, as she promoted this book and showed the original projects. AMAZING! I immediately added this book to my must-have list and started dreaming of projects, fiber, and fun.

    Stefanie, also known online as Glampyre, doesn't disappoint. The patterns cover a wide range of easier and more difficult projects, and while all fashion-forward, they aren't so trendy that they'll be passe before they make it off your needles.

    Highly recommended.

  3. Deodand Deodand says:

    I have a heterosexual girl crush on Stephanie Japel. So does everyone else who reads her website or knits her designs, because she's smart and cool and good looking and nice.

    I was so happy for her when I heard she got a book - she deserved it. She deserves to write another book! These designs are a long shot from the lumpy old sweater-with-a-moose your grandma gave you for Christmas.

  4. Jill Jill says:

    Because I mostly read knitting books for ideas and pictures, I found a lot of inspiration from the well-tailored pieces in this book. The one day I thought I might make one of the patterns, however, I was a little out of luck. This may be known to many, but a good collection of circular needles are a must to work your way through Japel's pieces. I contemplated working one of her patterns flat with the needles I had on hand (why does no one deliver), but realized I might as well design my own piece from scratch.

    Japel's introduction will be helpful for people who have been a little intimidated by the thought of modifying a pattern to better suit them.

  5. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I think it's hard to find knit patterns for things I'd actually wear. The author has created some wonderful patterns for garments I'd actually want to wear. The instructions could be clearer in some instances, but the fact that the garments are all easily sizeable more than makes up for it. The best part is that she makes a point of choosing affordable yarns so that your knit project doesn't cost you three times what buying the sweater would have.

  6. Laura Laura says:

    I love all of Japel's patterns (I have browsed through other books going 'all of this sucks except this ONE patter, oh wait it's by STephanie Japel, that's why it's pretty'). They are (for once) actually fashionable as the title says. I want to make every one of these, and am looking forward to my skill level getting up to it. Very worthwhile, a possible purchase.

  7. Claudia Claudia says:

    I used to own this book. The patterns look nice, but there's very little fitting for a book called FITTED KNITS. Most of these are fitted because they are stretchy. they have negative ease. I was expecting how to get tailored, custom fits but it's just.. negative ease!
    Even in the author photo she's not wearing a fitted knit.
    It's not a BAD book of patterns. There's plenty I want to knit and I think it's a fair range of styles. But it loses points for a misleading title.

  8. Shelley Chastagner Shelley Chastagner says:

    Some really unique designs. Fairly easy to follow patterns for an advanced beginner (Ie: if you're beyond making a scarf). There is a list of corrections, as is common in knitting patterns, that you may have to hunt for. (I've requested a link from the author and will post it asap.)

  9. Sandy Sandy says:

    I've had this book for years. The sweaters I've made are still being worn. These designs are pretty timeless.

  10. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    There were three or four patterns I would gladly knit and wear in this volume. Others, IMO, are beginning to look dated. Still, a fun set of patterns—I like her approach.