Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Perfectly Plus Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

 Cute Crochet Chat is privileged to be the second stop on the blog tour for a new knitting book for plus sized knit fashions, "Perfectly Plus". As a bonus, we are giving away a copy of this book!

Not only does Perfectly Plus have instructions for wonderful knitted plus size fashions, it features the "Knit-to-Fit" Workbook for the full-figured woman. The book has a detailed chapter, "Creating Knits That Fit" that outlines everything you need to knit and create the perfect sized garment for your own figure; from Gauge, to Adjusting Gauge, to Choosing Sizes and Making Adjustments. The Make It Fit Basic Cardigan and the Make It Fit Basic Shell guide you step by step through the fitting process, unlike any knit how-to book I have ever seen.
This book is not just a how-to guide to fitting plus size fashions, though, as  it also has nine complete and pretty knitting patterns.

The designs are basic yet trendy, beautiful and very figure flattering. They certainly are designed for today's woman. My favorites are Ipanema designed by Marlaina Bird, Make Me Blush, designed by Amy Polcyn and Savoir Faire designed by Kristin Hansen and Sharon Wittenberg.

The "Swing Along" jacket, shown at left is designed by Barb Kervin and  is one of the most colorful designs in the book. I love the fact that it is knit from side-to-side instead of the traditional bottom to top or top-down construction. The slip stitch pattern stitch creates a very pretty chain detail with a contrasting yarn that lends a very nice compliment to this design. The patten outlines everything you need to complete this detailed garment, including Special Techniques and Pattern Notes. The garment looks well designed and is fitted to be figure flattering. As outlined on the back cover of the book, this pretty sweater has some 'sizzle'. "Swing Along" is rated for the Experienced knitter.

You can purchase this lovely book at Annie's Attic, HERE.
We are also giving away a free copy of "Perfectly Plus" to one of our blog readers!! To be eligible to win, please leave a comment on this post, letting us know how helpful this new book could be for you!! Please don't forget to leave where you can be contacted in case you are the winner! Winner will be drawn at random in about two weeks.

Check out the next round of this Blog Tour at Romi Hill's @Romi's Studio, where she will be reviewing the "Make Me Blush" sweater designed by Amy Polcyn.
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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Special Olympic Scarf Project 2011

It is time for the Special Olympics Scarf Project again!
They are handling the project a bit differently this year and you can CHOOSE which State you want your scarf to go to!
The program has been ongoing, but there are many States that have not met their goal for 2011 yet! Let's try and not have someone go without a knit or crochet scarf! The project is being sponsored by Coats and Clark again. You can read all about how to submit your scarf or scarves HERE.

These are my submissions from a previous year:
I loved this pattern that was designed by Darla Fanton.  She designed this scarf using the book: 365 Crochet Stitches A Year Perpetual Calendar by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. I think the pattern stitch she used is beautiful and I just couldn't resist copying it! With permission, of course! Thanks, Darla! The pattern stitch works up so quickly that I was able to make two scarves in a very short period of time.

This time around, the scarves must be knit or crocheted from Red Heart #886 Blue or #512 Turqua

These are the States that are still in need of scarves (lots of them!) and that you still have time to crochet or knit a scarf for:

Maryland - 120 / 600 - deadline February 18, 2011
Minnesota - 229 / 1000 - deadline February 18, 2011
Montana - 2 / 750 - deadline February 18, 2011
Arizona - 164 / 600 - deadline February 21, 2011
New Hampshire - 61 / 1200 - deadline February 26, 2011
South Dakota - 150 / 500 - deadline March 1, 2011
Alaska - 46 / 350 - deadline March 9, 2011
Louisiana - 126 / 1400 - deadline March 4, 2011
Nevada - 0 / 50 - deadline March 4, 2011
Idaho - 185 / 650 - deadline March 4, 2011
Virginia - 133 / 1700 - deadline March 7, 2011

You can read about the States that have already met their goal HERE
I can't wait to see all the beautiful scarves and if all the States meet their goals!
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