Ysolda Teague‘s new book, Little Red in the City, will change the way you think about knitting garments for the rest of your life. Ysolda, a young designer based out of Scotland, has been working on this book for quite some time and the effort she put into the book shines through on every page.
The information she covers about pattern altering and sizing is impressive in it’s scope and clarity. I can not think of a knitter who doesn’t need this book in their knitting library. This hefty tome goes in-depth on bust shaping, choosing the correct size and doing everything you can to guarantee that a finished project will fit the way you desire.
Presented in a down-to-earth tone, Ysolda does a fantastic job of addressing the potentially sticky issues of women’s body shapes and sizing. The abundant illustrations are filled with side notes and kernels of information.
In the first part of the book, Ysolda also covers how to select substitute yarns and all the factors to account for when changing yarns. As someone who assists people in substituting yarns everyday, I thought this section was particularly well done. If more people paid attention to this information, there would be fewer people disappointed when their project doesn’t turn out as they hoped.
Techniques are well-illustrated and sometimes a few different methods for completing each technique are presented.
The range of sizes included for the six patterns is impressive and encompasses a lot of sizing information. The patterns are presented in a style reminiscent of a fill-in-the-blanks worksheets, with the numbers supplied by a chart. Each pattern has design notes and tidbits on fitting the piece.
Hand-written notes show how the math is figured for altering sizes or areas.
The patterns themselves are all knit-worthy, my top two being the vest above (Angostura) and the hooded jacket below (Melia).
Best of all, in addition to all the information covered, each hard copy of the book comes with a code to download the e-book version for free, making it possible to access the information on pretty much any mobile device you have handy. The patterns can be printed out individually and the numbers filled out without having to make copies from the book.
We have ONE signed copy of Little Red in the City to give away. Leave us a comment below telling us what you struggle most with when making sweaters and we’ll randomly choose a winner. Comments will close Thursday July 21 at noon, Central.