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Old 11-08-2007, 08:31 AM   #1
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Big Girl Knitters... Unite!
Ok, I admit it.. I'm a Big Girl. I'm typically a size 18-20 depending on the garment and came to grips with that a long time ago. While I'd like to lose weight for health benefits... in the meantime I can't run around nakey!

I love love the book Big Girl Knits It's funny and witty and has some really great patterns and tips for us Big Girls out there My problem is that I love chunky yarns. Right now I'm working with some Patons Shetland Chunky that I got on a kick butt great yarn sale and nearly have a very simple sweater done. The book says to stay away from chunkies because of the weight of the drape primarily once the garment is done.. but my problem is that I don't have alot of time to just sit and knit.. so I need something that works up fairly quickly otherwise I get bored with it... and I'd like to finish a sweater before cold weather is over with here in the South

Any suggestions on patterns for us Big Girls or for yarns that have a little give, alot of color, don't cost a fortune and that work up fairly quickly? My next project is a wrap sweater and I'm leaning really hard towards doing it in this black Shetland I have (my one concession to this book is I can't give up black.. I love color, but I love black too ) but I really need some suggestions here.

Any other Big Girl Knitters out there?
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:21 AM   #2
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I don't have any suggestions on yarn and such but I just had to say I LOVE that nakey booty shaking "smilie". You have made my day.
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:45 AM   #3
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I am a Big Girl Knitter myself, although I haven't made anything just for me yet. Right now I am searching for the perfect shrug and it is seeming difficult to find.

If you find a design and yarn you love, go for it!!!

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Old 11-08-2007, 10:16 AM   #4
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I'm getting bigger, much to my regret, and have always been very large up top even when skinny. I find that knitting at a looser gauge makes stretchy fabric so I can knit sweaters with 2-4" of negative ease and don't have to put in any shaping. If you like the yarn and the pattern, go for it. You can always undo it if it doesn't look right on you.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:31 AM   #5
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Hi Donna! I think we have a lot in common - I say use the yarn you love. If you are happy with the look, then that's all that matters. Wear what makes you feel good and happy!!

What part of 'bama are you in? I'm centrally located about 45 miles northeast of Montgomery. I think all the other 'bama knitters around here are in the B'ham to Huntsville area...

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Old 11-08-2007, 10:43 AM   #6
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I know, they are hard to find. :-( I'm looking fior one also.

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Old 11-08-2007, 11:01 AM   #7
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I have been knitting for about a year now and have yet to knit anything for myself besides a hat or scarf because of my size especially the chest area. Everything I see that I like the sizes stop short about 6 sizes from where I am at. And if I do find something the amount of yarn and the cost would kill a cow. I really would like to knit myself a nice sweater before the weather gets any colder I too would love a quick knit any suggestion?
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:12 AM   #8
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I love that shaking backside! I am with you all. While you are searching for a great sweater pattern, let me know if you find a great pattern for socks for thick ankles and fat legs.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:33 AM   #9
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I too love the way bulky yarn works up but don't want to look like a stuffed animal. I solved that by using my beloved chunky on SIMPLE vest patterns. At the moment I am finishing up a Hooded zip front vest (Knitting Pure & Simple) in Lambs Pride Bulky. Vests are a great QUICK project and I personally love vests.
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Old 11-08-2007, 12:38 PM   #10
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Add me to the big girls list! I haven't knit anything for myself yet, I've only been knitting for a few months. I am DYING to make myself a sweater, but I'm so intimidated by the amount of yarn called for in my size! :P I started a Bevin tank for myself and just added stitches, but I've only done about 4" of the back panel, so I have no idea how it's going to turn out.
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