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For the Well Rounded Crocheter - Plus Size Crochet Review

Updated on September 27, 2015
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Anna is a lifelong crafter and crochet instructor who enjoys trying new techniques, learning new skills, and sharing them with others.

Reviewing "Plus Size Crochet"

Several years ago, when I finally began to have time to renew my interest in crochet, my greatest resource for finding new patterns was the local library. I eventually worked my way through almost their entire selection of crochet books! In the process, I discovered some great ideas, patterns and designers. It was a great way to find new books that I could then find to buy for my own personal collection.

Being a woman of generous proportions makes finding patterns in my size challenging enough. It is also a challenge to find patterns to fit my body shape. Plus Size Crochet, was the first book I found with patterns I, personally, could wear - and actually liked! I immediately fell in love with this book. Not only was there a wide range of sizes for each pattern, but I found them easy to convert or modify to my own tastes and preferences. In fact, the first pattern I made from this book wasn't for me at all, but a modification of a cardigan pattern for my older daughter, turning it into a long, double breasted winter coat (see photos below). This year, my younger daughter will be wearing it!

The book includes a section with step-by-step photos and instructions of basic techniques and stitches. There are twenty projects to choose from, including accessories and sets, and the spiral binding makes it easy to keep your place. Each project has good, clear photos, and the pattern instructions are well written and easy to follow. The designs are basic enough that even new crocheters will find plenty to choose from, and you don't need to be an expert to figure out how to modify a pattern to your own needs.

For the well-rounded crocheter who would finally like to make some fashionable items for herself for a change, this book is a must have!

Custom fit

Below are pictures of the coat I made for my daughter, using a cardigan pattern from this book. My daughter chose the yarn, which was a sheep's wool blend with gold metallic strand. The strand thickness changed from thin and tightly twisted to thick and loosely twisted at regular intervals. With the simple pattern repeat, it resulted in an almost scalloped texture.

My daughter wanted a calf length coat, which simply meant making the body longer. However, my daughter's larger bust to waist ratio required further modification, and she was very happy with the final result.

My daughter trying on the coat, before the final edging was added.  The cardigan pattern lent itself very well to modification for my daughter's tastes.
My daughter trying on the coat, before the final edging was added. The cardigan pattern lent itself very well to modification for my daughter's tastes.

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Blocking panels for assembly.  The original pattern was for a hip length cardigan.  My daughter asked me to adjust it to mid-calf.Testing the fit during assembly.All finished and trying it on.I added this contrasting yarn on the edge of the cuffs and bottom of the coat.My furry little helper!
Blocking panels for assembly.  The original pattern was for a hip length cardigan.  My daughter asked me to adjust it to mid-calf.
Blocking panels for assembly. The original pattern was for a hip length cardigan. My daughter asked me to adjust it to mid-calf.
Testing the fit during assembly.
Testing the fit during assembly.
All finished and trying it on.
All finished and trying it on.
I added this contrasting yarn on the edge of the cuffs and bottom of the coat.
I added this contrasting yarn on the edge of the cuffs and bottom of the coat.
My furry little helper!
My furry little helper!

Plus Size Patterns

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Here are some other pattern books with attractive designs for the Rubenesque woman.

Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter
Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter

A nice selection of flattering patterns to choose from.

 
Plus Size Fashions in Crochet (Annie's Attic Crochet)
Plus Size Fashions in Crochet (Annie's Attic Crochet)

These designs will be great classical additions to any wardrobe.

 

Have you had challenges finding patterns to suit your body type?

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