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Celine
04-08-2006, 12:21 PM
Okay I admit it I'm plus size. I LOVE that beautiful pink knitted skirt on the cover of the recent issue of Vogue Knitting. But NO way would it look good on me. I have to admit at times it's depressing seeing all the beautiful tank tops etc. that would look beautiful on ANY thin person but not on a plus size gal. I love all the knitting magazines I get but its still a downer when I see all that I'd love to wear but due to my weight struggles..just can't.

Just wondered if anyone else feel the "pain" :oops: too?

knitstress_tygher
04-08-2006, 12:32 PM
There's a book coming out for us plus size gals.

Big Girl Knits (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307336603/sr=8-3/qid=1144513898/ref=pd_bbs_3/002-8140452-1740031?%5Fencoding=UTF8)

rebecca
04-08-2006, 12:42 PM
:D I saw that book, too....I must get it ;)

DragonTush
04-08-2006, 01:17 PM
I feel your pain Celine ;) .....it does give me more motivation to continue trying to lose weight......although......if I check out that book........I might lose that motivation if there are some really nice, easy things for me :thinking: :XX: :happydance: to knit for myself.

geekgolightly
04-08-2006, 09:06 PM
there is a website where you can buy individual patterns from this designer who specialises in plus size and those designs are absolutely gorgeous! ill see if i can find the link.

plus size here, too

geekgolightly
04-08-2006, 09:09 PM
found it

http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com/

love love love these designs. when i get more adept, i want to buy some of these patterns. i wish she would just come out with a book!

gardenmommy
04-08-2006, 09:35 PM
http://www.ample-knitters.com/

There's a whole site/group out there too!

rebecca
04-08-2006, 11:30 PM
:D I also like Vermont Designs (http://www.vermontfiberdesigns.com/)...fave is White Lies, of course ;) Oh, and there's Oat Couture (http://www.oatcouture.com/), too.

Nikki
04-09-2006, 09:20 AM
me. Of course if you listen to the fashion people anything over a 4T is plus sized anymore. I love the designs of Vermont Fiber Designs. I've ordered several of her patterns from Mannings. I've also emailed her with questions and she is the nicest person. I MUST make the Fir Cone shell and cardigan once I get every person in the world shod with clogs.
Nikki

AKchick
04-09-2006, 10:01 AM
I'm plus size. I don't usually knit for myself, but had come across a couple of sweaters I really wanted to make for me that were plus size, then I went on weight watchers and now I don't want to make anything for me until I have lost all of my extra weight. Plus, it is starting to warm up so I wouldn't be able to wear the sweaters very long before they would be getting put away. So hopefully next fall I will find some nice sweaters I like and make those.

KellyK
04-09-2006, 11:26 AM
I just pre-ordered Big Girl Knits from Amazon for $18.90....list price is $30!

rebecca
04-09-2006, 01:32 PM
I just saw the Amazon price, too :D I like the 'philosophy' of the book in that it shows/teaches you how to handle the 3 B's....boobs, belly & butt ;) And, we have a new ACMoore, they have a great selection of books, I'm going to wait & see if they get the book bc Lonnie just came home with a few $10 gift cards that they were giving away :cheering: :cheering: and, I have coupons.........I think I'm gonna like ACMoore ;)

glomper
04-09-2006, 11:55 PM
Being on the short side as well as somewhat overweight I am used to clothes not looking right on me so I only make things for me where fit isn't critical, like a relaxed fit cardi/jacket. I tried making a shrug but it just looks wrong-wrong-wrong, so will just use it as a bed-jacket. I also love scarves but they don't love me as I also have a short neck which practically disappears if I have a long/thick scarf on. Luckily I have children/niece/nephew and others to knit for but I wish I could wear the lovely little singlet style or shell tops I see in knitting magazines. Sounds like there are some good sites for you to visit on the internet though, so hope you find something you like.

cookworm
04-10-2006, 12:54 AM
Celine--you're not alone--I'm right there with you. I see so many cute knitted things that just won't look good on me, even if I lost the extra 30 pounds I'm lugging along; I'm shorter and not small boned, and I have bigger arms (not good in a tank top or sleeveless shirt!), a short neck...the list goes on and on! I also have another problem that because I am an impatient knitter, I tend to like to use chunkier yarns so my projects go faster, but then I look twice as bulky with these chunkier yarn items on me. I get bummed out about this stuff too. As much as I love to knit, I try to make little odds and ends for family members because I am having a great time learning new skills and mastering them, but I'm still aching to try to do something really "major" like a sweater or some other garment for myself. Thank you everyone for posting all of this information, because now I feel inspired to try some new things for myself, and thanks for being brave and posting your question, Celine...I was wondering the same thing, but was too shy to ask. :oops:

KellyK
04-10-2006, 08:50 AM
I think my biggest garment issue is that it seems all designers expect that a "cuddlier" woman also has huge boobages. I dont. I tried making a v-neck tank one time and the V came down halfway between my boobs & belly button! :shock:

cheesiesmom
04-10-2006, 09:21 AM
I also am on a site called Ample-Knitters.com. There are lots of +sized ladies who have lots of experience in upsizing patterns and doing all sorts of things required to fit us Rubenesque gals. It is NOT, of course, like KH, but there's lots of info, and you can go back into posts for info. There's a plus size knitting forum on Yahoo. I've also googled for plus size patterns and come up with a number of finds. Vermont Fiber Designs has some beautiful patterns as does White Lies.

Still with all these helpful sources, I've yet to knit anything for myself. I have a couple of UFO's but I seem to be sticking with smaller Items. After all the baby caps, I'm determined to finish the White Lies Shrug which I started 2 months ago and is just for me.

Gladys in Michigan who is on her 87 gazillionth diet and determined to get into missy instead of plus sizes.

rebecca
04-10-2006, 11:21 AM
I think my biggest garment issue is that it seems all designers expect that a "cuddlier" woman also has huge boobages. I dont. I tried making a v-neck tank one time and the V came down halfway between my boobs & belly button! :shock:

KK, i'm going to make the same tank top for my sister, u r referring to Soliel that u gave Hilde, right? Have u any suggestions? I see that the yarn that was used for the Soliel on Knitty is no longer available & I've found other dk wt on (and off Elann), but will probably go for the Elann dk...only thing that bothers me is the crocheting as finishing, got to practice a bit bc i don't crochet :rollseyes:

Shandeh
08-29-2006, 05:44 AM
I just started a blog for plus size patterns!
http://knittingplus.blogspot.com/

jamiejeans
08-29-2006, 09:29 AM
Sandy, I posted to you on the new blog. Thanks for putting that one together.

Celine, as you can see, you are SO not alone! I've noticed that when someone posts something weight related here on the KH forums, it gets tons of responses. So what does that say? Most of us are "plus" sized, or at least not the model sizes shown in the knitting magazines!

Has anyone seen the plus sized pattern spread in the Knit Simple Fall 2006? I laughed!!! The model is probably a size 12 and about 6 feet tall. And she looks more pregnant than "plus" sized. Come on, show me a real "plus" sized model!!!! I want to see a girl of average height, who wears a real plus size model.

I've ordered the sweater wizard so that I can just plug in my measurements and design a sweater to fit for me! :cheering: I am sure it will be just as nice as the small girl sizes.

brownishcoat
08-29-2006, 10:07 AM
I didn't lose much weight after my second baby, so I fall into this category, too. Thanks for the links!

mulene
09-01-2006, 01:00 PM
Ample knitters group is now a yahoo group - the lady who ran the old list and site (Shelda) has retired.

Big Girl Knits book is just YUM! I made Bombshell from it for my Knitting World Cup Project (can see it on my blog). I wish I had more time to knit right now because I'd be making the wrap sweater from it now if I could.

jamiejeans
09-01-2006, 03:58 PM
Big Girl Knits book is just YUM! I made Bombshell from it for my Knitting World Cup Project (can see it on my blog). I wish I had more time to knit right now because I'd be making the wrap sweater from it now if I could.

Where abouts on your blog is the Bombshell? I couldn't find it.

I have Big Girl Knits as well. I like it a lot, and its a funny read, but I find it too challenging a knit right now.

meriellyn
09-01-2006, 04:03 PM
I think my biggest garment issue is that it seems all designers expect that a "cuddlier" woman also has huge boobages. I dont. I tried making a v-neck tank one time and the V came down halfway between my boobs & belly button! :shock:

I agree! I've got a bit of padding everywhere else but it's jsut assumed that I should have the boobs to go with it and then some. :P
This is a big problem for me in general clothes shopping. That and the fact that I'm on the "in-between" plus sized fence. Too big for the regular stuff, usually too small or the wrong shape for the plus sizes. :(

I have Big Girl Knits and I love a few things in there. The info on altering patterns is great as well. But since I can't afford tons of lovely yarn at the moment, socks and hats are my friend.
I have some red cotton/silk blend I plan to design a tank top for in a few months. Too many Christmas presents to get going on for now.

jamiejeans
09-01-2006, 04:16 PM
I think my biggest garment issue is that it seems all designers expect that a "cuddlier" woman also has huge boobages. I dont. I tried making a v-neck tank one time and the V came down halfway between my boobs & belly button! :shock:

I agree! I've got a bit of padding everywhere else but it's jsut assumed that I should have the boobs to go with it and then some. :P
This is a big problem for me in general clothes shopping. That and the fact that I'm on the "in-between" plus sized fence. Too big for the regular stuff, usually too small or the wrong shape for the plus sizes. :(

I have Big Girl Knits and I love a few things in there. The info on altering patterns is great as well.

I second the thought from both!

My biggest complaint with larger sized patterns, as well as plus sized clothing design, is that it is assumed that we are big in a proportioned way. urg! I have several shirts in my "size" that fit well around the chest, but the waist bells out and the shoulders super wide. Or pants that fit the hips and waist, but the length is too long. Like suddenly my butt spreads so my legs are supposed to lengthen??? :grrr: Since when did all plus sized girls grow to a 34 inch inseam? I'm 5'3!!!

The Big Girl Knits helps with these things, with patterns made for certain body types. (the 3 B's! very cute) So if your belly, butt, or boobs are the biggest part, they have a pattern made to flatter and enhance.

Too bad we couldn't convince the 14+ crowd to boycot the traditional fashion industry thinking and design.... or could we??? :eyebrow:

Celine
09-01-2006, 06:09 PM
So nice to read all of your responses to my question. I do have all of the great plus size books that are popluar right now..."Classic Knits" and the "Big Girl Knits" and three of Sally Melville's books which also have plus sizes.

I hate to admit it but I get "bored" if I'm working on a project too long. Since I'm plus size...it would be a l o n g project!! I started a few sweaters for myself and then lost interest than half way thru.

If I ever do knit one for myself I'll be sure and tell you and post it here. :hug:

cheesiesmom
09-01-2006, 07:18 PM
Like suddenly my butt spreads so my legs are supposed to lengthen??? Fuming angry Since when did all plus sized girls grow to a 34 inch inseam? I'm 5'3!!!

And if you buy petite plus, they downsize the hip and waist. If I purchase a pair of plus women's slacks, I have to take them up about 4 inches and I'm 5'5" (and shrinking according to the doctor).

mulene
09-01-2006, 07:37 PM
Where abouts on your blog is the Bombshell? I couldn't find it.

I have Big Girl Knits as well. I like it a lot, and its a funny read, but I find it too challenging a knit right now.

Sorry I should have been clearer - I posted in haste at work. It was for the Knitting World Cup and the post is entitled Goallllll! You can find it here:
http://mullynex.blogspot.com/2006/06/gooooooaaaaaallllllllllllll.html

Don't be worried about it being too challenging.. I'd knitted 20 years ago not much but a little - then in March made a scarf for my mum for mothers day - it took several attempts with different yarns before I hit on the perfect yarn for it and finally finished it on Easter Monday, a month after Mothers Day here.

After that I did bombshell. Sometimes you just have to say "to hell with it" and give it a go - its the best way to learn!

cheesiesmom
09-01-2006, 07:42 PM
Very pretty and looks great on you. :cheering:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-01-2006, 08:35 PM
I'm glad that this thread has been revived!

I'm working on Lift and Separate from BGK for the Fall Cardigan KAL. So far, it's going swimmingly!

Jamie, I agree with your rant about the plus size "stuff" in Knit Simple. I used to get some frustrated with that mag because most of the patterns't aren't big enough for me. THEN, when I saw the new issue, I thought YAY!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!! And 10 minutes later I was immediately disapointed :!!!: The fact that the designer made a "XL" size doesn't make it "Plus Size".... half of the XL patterns I've seen are sized for a 42 inch bust!!! HELLO!!!!!!! :grrr:

I did find the Spring 99 issue of Knitters at Stitches a few weeks ago... that has some nice patterns in it, PLUS articles on how to resize patterns to fit you; for instance, if your butt is big, but your boobs are not, or if you're butt and boobs are HUGE but your waist is disproportionally smaller (that's how I am). The patterns are slightly dated, being almost 8 years old, but still good info.

EssenceRose
09-01-2006, 10:47 PM
My DH works at a book store, so I'm forever browsing the knitting books there. There is a book that was pubished in America called "Big Girl Knits" and I must say I was impressed with it. It looked like easy patterns and stylish things. :)

jamiejeans
09-02-2006, 01:07 PM
The fact that the designer made a "XL" size doesn't make it "Plus Size".... half of the XL patterns I've seen are sized for a 42 inch bust!!! HELLO!!!!!!! :grrr:



If only I was that size XL! :pray: Sigh....

brownishcoat
09-02-2006, 05:35 PM
All of my extra weight is in my belly, so anything that actually followed my countours would look like maternity wear. Which is MUCH worse. Had my tubes tied in '97, don't want to hear "So when are you due?" EVER again! :!!!: :!!!: :!!!:

BloomKitty
03-28-2007, 05:15 PM
Here's a blogger who posts alot of information about plus-sized knitting (and sewing) patterns: Big Crafty (http://www.bigcrafty.com/), and many of those she lists are free.

-Mary

redwitch
03-28-2007, 06:38 PM
I know you guys are frustrated but manufacturers can't really keep all the shops stocked with clothes to fit every possible proportion/shape of every possible size. So they make them close to the average proportioning for women of size X. E.g., most women who are heavier do have bigger butts and boobs.
It takes really almost no sewing ability to take things in and make them fit, e.g. smaller at the waist and hips, shorter legs. If you can buy clothes that you like apart from the fact that they're too big in certain measurements, then you're lucky! Just make them smaller. Pity the ones who can't find trousers/jeans to fit because they're tall... we can't make them longer, but it only takes a pair of scissors to make them shorter!
Or why not design/make your own clothes? Then if they don't fit, you've got no-one else to blame

Sarah

BloomKitty
03-28-2007, 07:30 PM
... Or why not design/make your own clothes? Then if they don't fit, you've got no-one else to blame....
Sarah

I think that was the whole point of this thread -- that it was hard to find plus-sized knitting patterns, in order to make our own clothes.

cookworm
03-28-2007, 10:11 PM
You're not the only one...I'm plus size too. Even if I lost weight (about 30 pounds extra :verysad: ), there are things that still wouldn't look good on me, so I try not to get too down about it. I try to look at things that do flatter my figure, then go from there (which works out good, because the older I'm getting, the more modest I'm finding that I'm feeling, so I don't want to show too much of anything these days anymore anyway, even if I had a nicer figure! :teehee: ). That includes planning on what I'm going to knit for myself, too...I just tend to try to find things that I know will look more flattering on me.

Abbily
03-29-2007, 10:39 AM
Me too, me too. Add me to the list of people whose legs are supposed to lengthen in proportion to the widening of my butt.... LOL I'm 5'1".

I'll have to check out some of these resources! I haven't been knitting long enough to have actually done anything for me other than a shawl and scarf yet, but I really want to do a sweater some day. :)